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SI's Preseason All-America Team

Posted: Monday August 29, 2005 11:59AM; Updated: Monday August 29, 2005 5:52PM

(all stats from 2004 season unless otherwise indicated)

Offense Defense
QB: Matt Leinart
Sr., USC
Reigning Heisman winner has 71 career TDs, 15 INTs.
DL: Mathias Kiwanuka
Sr., Boston College
Ferocious pass-rusher had 11.5 sacks, 25.5 tackles for loss.
RB: Reggie Bush
Jr., USC
Averaged 10.3 yards each time he touched the ball in '04.
DL: Jesse Mahelona
Sr., Tennessee
Led SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss in first year out of jucos.
RB: Adrian Peterson
Soph., Oklahoma
Last year's Heisman runner-up gained 1,925 yards, 15 TDs.
DL: Darryl Tapp
Sr., Virginia Tech
Notched 8.5 sacks, 16.5 TFLs in his first year as a starter.
WR: Derek Hagan
Sr., Arizona State
Has 181 career receptions for 2,729 yards and 19 TDs.
DL: Mario Williams
Jr., N.C. State
Hulking end was leader of the nation's top-ranked defense.
WR: Greg Lee
Jr., Pittsburgh
Panthers' latest receiving star averaged 19.1 yards per catch.
LB: Ahmad Brooks
Jr., Virginia
Has made 207 tackles, 26 quarterback hurries in two seasons.
TE: Marcedes Lewis
Superb pass-catcher holds school record for TEs with 11 TDs.
LB: Chad Greenway
Sr., Iowa
Notched a combined 245 tackles (21 for loss) in 2003 and '04.
OL: D'Brickashaw Ferguson
Sr., Virginia
Top NFL prospect has started 39 straight games at left tackle.
LB: A.J. Hawk
Sr., Ohio State
Had the most tackles (141) of any OSU defender in 18 years.
OL: Max Jean-Gilles
Sr., Georgia
Massive 6-4, 340-pounder has moved from tackle to guard.
DB: Jason Allen
Sr., Tennessee
Moved from corner to safety and led the SEC with 123 tackles.
OL: Davin Joseph
Sr., Oklahoma
Could be even better than departed OU star Jammal Brown.
DB: Darnell Bing
Jr., USC
Hard-hitting safety will be the new leader of USC's defense.
OL: Marcus McNeill
Sr., Auburn
Mammoth 6-9 tackle keys Auburn's powerful running game.
DB: Ko Simpson
Soph., South Carolina
Safety burst onto the scene as a freshman with six interceptions.
C: Greg Eslinger
Sr., Minnesota
Skilled zone-blocker has started 38 consecutive games.
DB: Jimmy Williams
Sr., Virginia Tech
Lock-down cornerback had five INTs, 14 pass break-ups.
Special Teams  
K: Mason Crosby
Jr., Colorado
Nailed six 50-plus-yard field goals, including one from 60.
R: Ted Ginn Jr.
Soph., Ohio State
Blazing speedster returned four of 15 punts for touchdowns.
P: Daniel Sepulveda
Jr., Baylor
Averaged 46 yards per kick and placed 41.9 percent inside the 20.