Preseason Rankings: Linebackers and Defensive Backs

Dale ThortonCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 1:  Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans looks on against the Penn State Nittany Lions on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  USC won 38-24.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

The NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision kicks off Thursday as the official start to the college football season. This week, the National Football Post is introducing our first senior position rankings for 2009. In part three of our series, we break down the nation’s top senior linebackers and defensive backs.

Be sure to check out Monday’s skill position rankings and Tuesday’s linemen rankings.

All photos from AP.

 

Outside Linebackers

1. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (6'1", 245)
2. George Selvie, South Florida (6'4", 245) (pictured)
3. Eric Norwood, South Carolina (6'0", 252)
4. A.J. Edds, Iowa (6'4", 244)
5. Stevenson Sylvester, Utah (6'2", 230)
6. Rico McCoy, Tennessee (6'0", 220)
7. Justin Cole, San Jose State (6'3", 240)
8. Cameron Sheffield, Troy (6'2", 248)
9. O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin (6'2", 248)
10. E.J. Savannah, Washington (6'1", 228)
11. Lindsey Witten, Connecticut (6'4", 248)
12. Perry Riley, LSU (6'1", 245)
13. Dekoda Watson, Florida State (6'2", 226)
14. Larry Hart, Central Arkansas (6'0", 242)
15. Cam Martin, Virginia Tech (6'1", 209)
16. Caleb Bostic, Miami (Ohio), (6'2", 232)
17. Carl Ihenacho, San Jose State (6'3", 245)
18. Antonio Coleman, Auburn (6'1", 258)
19. Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas (6'2", 235)
20. Patrick Trahan, Mississippi (6'2", 225)


Inside Linebackers

1. Brandon Spikes, Florida (6'3", 256)
2. Sean Lee, Penn State (6'2", 236)
3. Micah Johnson, Kentucky (6'2", 258)
4. Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State (6'1", 240)
5. Daryl Washington, TCU (6'2", 234)
6. Joe Pawelek, Baylor (6'2", 240)
7. Mike McLaughlin, Boston College (6'0", 245)
8. Pat Angerer, Iowa (6'0", 235)
9. Luke Laolagi, San Diego State (6'1", 226)
10. Kion Wilson, South Florida (6'1", 235)

 

Cornerbacks

1. Walter Thurmond III, Oregon (5'11", 182) (pictured)
2. Trevard Lindley, Kentucky (5'11", 180)
3. Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest (6'0", 190)
4. Devin Ross, Arizona (5'10", 176)
5. Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech (5'11",189)
6. Kyle Wilson, Boise State (5'10", 185)
7. Patrick Robinson, Florida State (5'11", 194)
8. Chris Hawkins, LSU (6'0", 195)
9. Javier Arenas, Alabama (5'9", 198)
10. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana, Pa. (6'1", 195)
11. Sherrick McManis, Northwestern (5'11", 190)
12. Bryan McCann, Southern Methodist (5'10", 175)
13. Syd’Quan Thompson, California (5'9", 191)
14. Crezdon Butler, Clemson (6'0", 185)
15. Prince Miller, Georgia (5'8", 196)
16. Brian Jackson, Oklahoma (6'1", 200)
17. Jerome Murphy, South Florida (6'1", 185)
18. Rafael Priest, TCU (5'10", 182)
19. Walter McFadden, Auburn (5'10", 176)
20. Anthony Wiseman, Maryland (5'9", 185)
21. Devin McCourty, Rutgers (5'11", 188)
22. Myron Lewis, Vanderbilt (6'2", 205)
23. A.J. Wallace, Penn State (6'0", 195)
24. Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State (6'0", 198)
25. Alterraun Verner, UCLA (5'10", 182)

 

Free Safeties

1. Taylor Mays, USC (6'3", 235)
2. Nate Allen, South Florida (6'1", 206)
3. T.J. Ward, Oregon (5'10", 201)
4. Antonio Baker, Louisiana Tech (5'11", 205) (pictured)
5. Danny McCray, LSU (6'1", 206)
6. Anderson Russell, Ohio State (5'11", 205)
7. Bo McNally, Stanford (6'0", 210)
8. Shann Schillinger, Montana (6'0", 199)
9. Mike Newton, Buffalo (5'11", 202)
10. Van Eskridge, East Carolina (6'0", 195)

 

Strong Safeties

1. Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (6'3", 230)
2. Josh Pinkard, USC (6'1", 215)
3. Darrell Stuckey, Kansas (5'11", 205)
4. Myron Rolle, Florida State (6'2", 223)
5. Jordan Lake, Baylor (6'1", 215)
6. Justin Woodall, Alabama (6'1", 220)
7. Harry Coleman, LSU (6'2", 206)
8. Barry Church, Toledo (6'1", 219)
9. Nick Polk, Indiana (5'11", 219)
10. Brad Phillips, Northwestern (6'2", 215)

 

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