The 2009 HP All-American Team–Defense

We did the offense on Tuesday, now for the All-American defensive squad:

Defensive End

1st team–Jerry Hughes, TCU; Brandon Graham, Michigan

2nd team–O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin; Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech

3rd team–Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma; Sergio Kindle, Texas

Notes: Hughes has been a terror off the edge for going on three years and he capped a fine career with an All-American season.  Graham was a one-man show for the Wolverines.

Defensive Tackle

1st team–Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska; Brian Price, UCLA

2nd team–Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma; LaMarr Houston, Texas

3rd team–Arthur Jones, Syracuse; Stephen Paea, Oregon State

Notes:  What more can be said about Suh, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting?  Price had an amazing 22.5 tackles for loss.

Outside Linebacker

1st team–Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; Navarro Bowman, Penn State

2nd team–Rennie Curran, Georgia; Eric Norwood, South Carolina

3rd team–Akeem Ayers, UCLA; Mychal Sisson, Colorado State

Notes: Weatherspoon, the tackle machine, finishes his career with 399 tackles.  Bowman was a force for the Lions, notching 15.5 tackles for loss.

Inside Linebacker

1st team–Rolando McClain, Alabama

2nd team–Greg Jones, Michigan State

3rd team–Joe Pawelek, Baylor

Notes:  McClain, the Butkus winner, was the field general for the nation’s best defense.


1st team–Javier Arenas, Alabama; Joe Haden, Florida

2nd team–Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State; Brandon Harris, Miami

3rd team–Patrick Peterson, LSU; Trevin Wade, Arizona

Notes:  Arenas was all over the field for Alabama, with 12 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 5 sacks.   Joe Haden was a lockdown corner all year and will now go on to be a high NFL draft pick.

Free Safety

1st team–Rahim Moore, UCLA

2nd team–Deunta Williams, North Carolina

3rd team–Chad Jones, LSU

Notes: Moore was a playmaker extraordinaire for the Bruins, picking off nine passes in 12 games. 

Strong Safety

1st team–Earl Thomas, Texas

2nd team–Tyler Sash, Iowa

3rd team–Eric Berry, Tennessee

Notes: Thomas picked off eight passes and returned two for touchdowns.  He also had 5 tackles for loss and 10 pass deflections.

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