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SI's All-America Team

Heisman favorites Bush, Young lead offensive unit

Posted: Tuesday December 6, 2005 12:16PM; Updated: Tuesday December 6, 2005 12:28PM
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Offense Defense
QB: Vince Young
Jr., Texas
Led the country in pass efficiency (168.6), ran for 850 yards.
DL: Elvis Dumervil
Sr., Louisville
Pass-rusher led nation in both sacks (20), forced fumbles (10).
RB: Reggie Bush
Jr., USC
Averaged 8.9 yards per carry, including 31.9 on touchdowns.
DL: Haloti Ngata
Jr., Oregon
Led Pac-10 defensive tackles with 59 tackles, two blocked kicks.
RB: Jerome Harrison
Sr., Washington State
Ran for 100-plus yards in every game, had four 200-yard days.
DL: Broderick Bunkley
Sr., Florida State
Recorded nine sacks, 23 tackles for loss (second-best nationally).
WR: Dwayne Jarrett
Soph., USC
Matt Leinart's favorite target had 1,153 yards, 15 touchdowns.
DL: Mario Williams
Jr., N.C. State
Ranked fourth nationally with 13 sacks; had 20 tackles for loss.
WR: Jeff Samardzija
Jr., Notre Dame
Breakout star caught 71 passes for 1,190 yards, 15 TDs.
LB: A.J. Hawk
Sr., Ohio State
Posted more than 100 tackles (109) for a third straight season.
TE: Garrett Mills
Sr., Tulsa
Set NCAA records for a tight end with 83 catches, 1,183 yards.
LB: Paul Posluszny
Jr., Penn State
Called the best linebacker in school history by star Jack Ham.
OL: Greg Eslinger
Sr., Minnesota
Four-year starting center keyed nation's No. 2 rushing attack.
LB: D'Qwell Jackson
Sr., Maryland
Finished second in the country with 13.7 tackles per game.
OL: Taitusi Lutui
Sr., USC
Helped open mammoth holes for runners Bush, LenDale White.
DB: Greg Blue
Sr., Georgia
Central figure in the nation's fourth-ranked scoring defense.
OL: Marcus McNeill
Sr., Auburn
Didn't allow a sack for his third straight season.
DB: Michael Huff
Sr., Texas
Texas' best defender had 97 tackles, 14 pass breakups.
OL: Jonathan Scott
Sr., Texas
Anchored O-line which produced nation's No. 3 rushing attack.
DB: Kelly Jennings
Sr., Miami
Lockdown CB was No. 3 nationally in passes defended (16).
OL: Eric Winston
Sr., Miami
Dominating pass-blocker allowed just a half-sack all season.
DB: Dwayne Slay
Sr., Texas Tech
No. 2 nationally with eight forced fumbles; made 101 tackles.
Special Teams  
K: Mason Crosby
Jr., Colorado
Hit 20 of 26 field goals, including two from 58 yards, one from 57.
KR: Cory Rodgers
Jr., TCU
Averaged 31.7 yards per return, broke two for touchdowns.
P: Ryan Plackemeier
Sr., Wake Forest
Led nation with 47.2-yard avg.; pinned 20 kicks inside the 20.
PR: Maurice Drew
Jr., UCLA
Led nation with 29.1-yard average, including three TDs.

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