It’s never too early to talk football … or pick All-American teams.
Washburn sophomore cornerback Pierre Desir and Ottawa junior wide receiver Clarence Anderson, a Wichita Southeast product, both picked up some early 2010 honors in the last week. Desir was named a first-team NCAA Division II All-American by Consenseus Draft Services and Anderson was named a first-team NAIA WR by Sporting News. Both were All-Americans last season, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as both were arguably the best at their positions in both the MIAA and KCAC last year. Here’s the release on Desir from Washburn and on Anderson from Ottawa. You can see the full lists of both teams on those links, too. Washburn offensive tackle Bill Boyer (6-foot-4, 312 pounds) was on the honorable mention team, as was Pittsburg State safety Alex Kuhlman. Anderson was the only player from the KCAC named to the Sporting News team.
Anderson (who is also a College Fanz NAIA preview coverboy) made KCAC defensive backs look absolutely foolish last season, but he had an All-American quarterback (Ethan Haller) another All-American wide receiver (Corey Schultz) to share the field with … not to mention a 6-foot-5 tight end in Taylor Burnett to help stretch the field out some more. I’m excited to see what he does this season now that he’s the man, but I’m thinking that his numbers from last year (2,563 all-purpose yards, 1,699 rec. yards, 22 TDs) won’t be something he’ll be able to replicate.
Desir is a different monster — he’s already an NFL prospect at 6-2, 190 and could really blow things out of the water with another big year. It’s almost unheard of for D2 guys to leave school early, but after 2010 he is draft eligible b/c he redshirted in 2008. Is that even feasible? I’d have to see his 40 time first, but if he’s 4.5 or below I’d have to say he has a legit shot to play in the pros.
I’ve got lots on my plate for the coming week — led by a story on changes to the KCAC that could impact the national scene. Meeting with KCAC commish Scott Crawford tomorrow afternoon.
PS. Going to see The A-Team at midnight. Hopefully it’s better than Iron Man 2.