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May 23, 2007

Rivals.com All-Reliable Team

Most Reliable by Position: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL | Defense | K | P

Quarterbacks
Andre' Woodson, Kentucky: Woodson has the lowest interception ratio in SEC history for passers with at least 400 attempts. He has thrown 14 interceptions in 760 career attempts, a ratio of one interception per 54.3 passes. He enters the 2007 season with a school-record streak of 162 consecutive passes without an interception. His last interception came on Nov. 4 of last season against Georgia. Woodson hopes to lead the Wildcats to another bowl appearance following the 2007 season.
Colt Brennan, Hawaii: Last season he threw for no fewer than 296 yards and two TD passes in any game.
John David Booty, Southern California: He's thrown just 11 interceptions in 502 career pass attempts.
Shaun Carney, Air Force: He threw just three interceptions in 137 attempts last season and two of those were deflected passes.
Stephen McGee, Texas A&M: Completed 194 of 313 passes in his first season as a starting quarterback with just two interceptions, an average of 156.5 passes between picks.
Riley Skinner, Wake Forest: Last season led the ACC and all freshmen nationally in interception rate with just one per 52 passes.
Paul Smith, Tulsa: He's completed 64.4 percent of his passes the last two seasons.
Jeremy Young, Southern Mississippi: He's thrown just eight interceptions in 336 career attempts and last season had six interceptions in 281 throws.

Running backs
Mike Hart, Michigan: One of the most dependable running backs ever, Hart has a streak of 768 consecutive touches without losing a fumble. He's fumbled just three times in his career twice in 2006 and once in 2004. He had a streak of 450 touches without a fumble end when he lost the ball on the opening play against Central Michigan last season, but Mario Manningham recovered. The only fumble Hart lost in his career was on Sept. 25, 2004 when he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter against Iowa. He did lose possession during a game against Ball State last season, but the ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety so he was not charged with a fumble.
Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech: Lost only one fumble while leading the ACC with 1,447 rushing yards on 297 carries in 2006. He also caught 12 passes without losing possession.
Joseph Doss, Memphis: In 2006 he rushed 224 times without fumbling. He lost only 47 yards and finished the season with 910 rushing yards.
Tyrell Fenroy, Louisiana-Lafayette: Has carried 403 times for 2,250 yards in his first two seasons and has lost just three fumbles in his career.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ole Miss: In his first season at Ole Miss after transferring from Indiana, Green-Ellis rushed for 1,000 yards on 234 carries without a fumble. Green-Ellis enters the 2007 season with a streak of 342 carries without losing a fumble.
Chad Hall, Air Force: Last season he fumbled just once while carrying 155 times for 784 yards.
Ray Rice, Rutgers: He reached 100 yards in 10 games and rushed for 1,974 yards last season on 335 carries with two fumbles. That's one fumble in every 167 attempts.
Ryan Torain, Arizona State: He lost one fumble in 223 attempts while rushing for more than 1,000 yards. He also lost the fewest yards (50) among Pac-10 running backs that had more than 185 carries.
Shannon Woods, Texas Tech: No fumbles in 152 carries last season, and also caught 75 passes without fumbling.

Wide receivers
Derek Kinder, Pittsburgh: Last season he averaged 4.75 receptions per game and 70.6 receiving yards and he was charged with just one dropped pass. The drop came against Syracuse, and was dismissed as a side-effect of a concussion he'd suffered earlier. He came out of the game after the drop and the team doctor wouldn't let him back in. He's also a tenacious blocker. He had four catches or more in seven of the Panthers' 12 games. Big East defenses will surely be on the lookout for this wideout in the fall.
Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt: A consistent producer, Bennett has caught 161 passes for 2,022 yards and 15 touchdowns in two seasons. If he continues at that pace he could leave Vandy as the NCAA's career receptions leader.
Davone Bess, Hawaii: Bess could also set the NCAA career receptions mark. He has 185 catches for 2,344 yards and 29 touchdowns in two seasons.
Dorien Bryant, Purdue: Bryant has reached 80 receptions in each of the last two seasons. He had at least five catches in 12 of the Boilermakers' 14 games in 2006.
Harry Douglas, Louisville: More than 25 percent of his 70 receptions came on third down and resulted in 16 first downs and three touchdowns.
Marcus Everett, UCLA: He had 31 receptions last season, with 15 coming on third down. Ten of those resulted in first downs and two touchdowns.
Shawn Nelson, Southern Mississippi: The consistent junior tight end posted 35 catches in 2005 and followed that up with 36 catches in 2006.
Brett Swain, San Diego State: More than half of his 47 catches in 2006 (24) produced first downs.
Jomar Wright, Duke: He has 66 career receptions, 46 of which have produced first downs, a 70 percent success rate. He had 10 catches against Miami last season with eight picking up first downs.

Offensive linemen
Jake Long, Michigan: The Big Ten offensive lineman of the year allowed just one sack last season while earning All-America recognition. He anchored the line that paved the way for the Wolverines' offense that averaged 370.7 yards and 29.2 points per game. He has appeared in 30 games in his career and made 27 starts 14 at right tackle and 13 at left tackle. He figures to be a leading contender for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He is one of the key blockers for dependable running back Mike Hart.
Sam Baker, Southern California: The two-time All-American at left tackle is a big reason the Trojans allowed only 17 sacks and averaged 395 yards last season.
Royce Blackledge, Mississippi State: The Bulldogs' center has started 18 games and played every snap in 14 of those. He missed only 17 plays last season and graded out 80 percent or higher in 10 games last season.
Matt Butler, East Carolina: Game film evaluation charged him with three sacks allowed in the 837 snaps he played in 2006, an average of one sack per 279 plays.
Jason Fox, Miami: He started 12 games as a true freshman in 2006 eight at right tackle, four at left tackle -- and did not allow a sack.
Doug Legursky, Marshall: The Herd's center has started every game of his college career, including his true freshman season. He did not allow a sack from the center position last season.
Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas: He is a big reason the Razorbacks allowed the second-fewest sacks in the nation last season and Darren McFadden emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Barry Richardson, Clemson: He has started 32 games in a row over the last three seasons, and last year allowed just two sacks while posting 75 knockdown blocks.
Daniel Sanders, Colorado: Has allowed two sacks in the last two seasons, which for him has included 457 pass plays, despite battling injuries.
Roy Schuening, Oregon State: The lead blocker on the two-point conversion that lifted the Beavers to a Sun Bowl victory over Missouri last season has made 37 consecutive starts.

Defensive players
Terrence Wheatley, CB, Colorado: Although there were few bright spots for the Buffaloes last season, Wheatley proved to be one and has been throughout his career. The senior-to-be has allowed five touchdown passes in his career, which thus far has included 1,579 snaps. He's 5 feet 10, and four of the touchdown passes he's allowed were to receivers that were 6-3 or taller. He has posted 28 passes defended, including nine interceptions.
Josh Barrett, S, Arizona State: Barrett is a sure tackler who posted 82 stops in 2006, including 58 solo. He also had 7 tackles for loss.
Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina: Had 85 solo tackles in 2006.
Calais Campbell, DE, Miami: He posted 20 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2006. Rarely does anyone get past him.
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona: He's started every game of his career and has made at least three interceptions each season despite the fact opponents often throw away from him.
Matthew Castelo, LB, San Jose State: In 2006 Castelo was in on 23.7 percent of the Spartans' defensive plays. He was credited 165 tackles, an interception, a quarterback pressure and two passes broken up.
Jordon Dizon, LB, Colorado: Returns for his senior season as the fourth-leading active tackler in Division I-A with 280 stops - 137 last year with 17 on third down.
Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU: He's coming off an All-American season in which he posted 64 stops, an unusually high amount for a tackle. He routinely occupies two or more blockers.
Red Keith, LB, Central Michigan: Has led the Chippewas in tackles in each of the last three seasons, including 127 last season. He has averaged just more than nine tackles per game.
Jameel McClain, DE, Syracuse: In 2006 he posted 69 tackles with 14 going for losses. He had 9 sacks, a forced fumble and recovered a fumble.
Lionell Singleton, DB, Florida International: Posted a Sun Belt Conference best 1.6 passes defended per game and had five interceptions.
Eric Wicks, FS, West Virginia: He gets beat about as often as West Virginia does. Last season he posted seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 73 total stops and three interceptions.
Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky: The leading returning tackler in the SEC with 122 stops last year, he has reached 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons.

Kickers
Art Carmody, Louisville: Carmody has converted 84 percent of his field-goal attempts in his career (47 of 56). He has hit an impressive 11 of 11 from 40 yards out, which includes a 51-yarder. Last season he was also 8-for-8 from inside 30 yards. He did miss a few between 31-39 yards last season. Carmody was the recipient of the Lou Groza Award last season as the nation's premier place-kicker.
Connor Barth, North Carolina: He was 10 of 10 on field-goal attempts last season. As a freshman in 2004, he kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal to upset No. 4 Miami.
Brandon Coutu, Georgia: He's 35 of 45 for his career, including 5-for-9 beyond 50 yards. He is 12 of his last 15 from 40 yards or longer.
Garrett Hartley, Oklahoma: Made 19 of 20 field-goal attempts in 2006 and his only miss was blocked. He also converted 49 of 50 extra points.
Conor Lee, Pittsburgh: Lee converted 12 of 14 field-goal attempts last season. The two misses occurred from very awkward angles. He was perfect on 47 extra point tries.
Jason Ricks, Oklahoma State: A junior, he has never missed a field goal inside 40 yards. He has converted all 17 he's attempted.
Alexis Serna, Oregon State: The NCAA's active leader with 62 field goals, he has also made 106 consecutive extra-point attempts.
Patrick Shadle, Syracuse: He converted 16 of 18 field-goal attempts in 2006 and the two misses were from 45 yards. He was also 21 of 21 on extra point tries.
Sam Swank, Wake Forest: Converted seven of nine field goals of 50 yards or more and has converted all 62 extra points in his career.

Punters
Andrew Larson, California: With all the weapons California has Larson is easily overlooked, but he is unquestionably an advantage in a game of field position. Last season averaged 42.6 yards on 49 punts, didn't have any blocked and had 16 downed inside the 20 yard line for a 33 percent success rate. Only 19 of his punts were returned, and that was for an average of just 6.9 yards. He also led the Pac-10 with a 38.3 net average.
Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech: In 2006 he averaged 45.52 yards with a net of 40.66 and 35 of his 79 attempts pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line. Twenty-seven punts covered 50 yards or more. None were blocked.
Michael Hughes, San Diego State: The senior has booted 159 punts in his career without a block.
Jonathan Johnson, Arizona State: He forced fair catches or dropped punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line on 39 percent of his kicks (12 inside the 20, nine fair catches). He had 54 attempts without a block.
Tony Mikulec, Central Michigan: He's has not had a punt blocked since Nov. 20, 2004, a stretch of 136 consecutive successful attempts.
Waylon Prather, San Jose State: The All-WAC punter in 2006 has had only one punt blocked in 181 career attempts.
Truman Spencer, North Texas: Averaged 40.8 yards per kick and punted 55 times without a block in 2006. Only two of his 55 attempts went into the end zone for a touchback.

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Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at olin@rivals.com.



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