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College Football's 2009 All-Small-Senior Team: Offense Edition

JDAnalyst IAugust 21, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 22:  Dexter McCluster #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels is tackled by Kelvin Sheppard #11 of the Louisiana State University Tigers on November 22, 2008 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

I had so much fun writing the defense portion of this article, I'm ready to jump straight to the offensive side of things!  In fact, no offense, defenders (get it?), but offense is the real reason I came up with these articles, and you're about to see why...

Offensive Tackle: Alonzo Durham, Nevada (6'4", 290 pounds) and Mike Aguayo, UTEP (6'4", 291 pounds)

I feel ridiculous searching for small offensive linemen, but nevertheless found several on the runty side by NFL standards. 

One of these qualifiers is Alonzo Durham, a smaller and faster lineman whose stock as a left tackle is actually rising due to the increased athleticism of NFL defensive ends.

On the other side, Mike Aguayo is the kind of guy this article is made for. Not big enough for the right side in the NFL, or athletic enough for the left, Aguayo is an intelligent, long-time UTEP starter who should have a very solid year.

Offensive Guard: Jeff Byers, USC (6'3", 288 pounds) and Lyle Hitt, LSU (6'2", 282 pounds)

A USC guy? An LSU guy? These guys don't seem to fit the bill very well, but both are rather undersized, especially for power conference starters. Also, both just seem like the hard-working, leader types that any coach would want on his team.

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If Byers could avoid injuries again this season, he could show up in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. Hitt just doesn't look like he has the frame to bulk up, but is pretty quick.  Maybe in the right offense...

Center: Chris Fisher, Louisiana-Lafayette (6'2", 282 pounds)

Call me crazy but I think this guy will be drafted and make a team in the pro's. 

Fisher's a bit undersized, as has been the theme of this article, and isn't quite athletic enough to make up for it. However, he is very smart, very fundamentally sound, and has plenty of college experience on his side.

Tight End: Justin Akers, Baylor (6'3", 235 pounds)

Justin showed a lot of promise as a sophomore , but regressed quite a bit with Robert Griffin using his legs a little more than Szymanski did. It's also unfortunate that Akers is definitely a receiver/tight end tweener-type, so NFL success probably isn't in the picture.

This being said, Akers is still a tall target who has some speed for a guy his size.  I think he and Griffin could establish a good connection this season.

Fullback: Bobby McClintock, Portland State (5'10", 235 pounds)

This stocky little fireball packs some punch as a runner (six touchdowns) and also has very good hands for a man of his stature (34 catches). 

McClintock may be a bit slow for the NFL, but his strength and low center of gravity, both of which also make him an excellent blocker, will ultimately earn him a roster spot someday.

Wide Receiver: Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss (5'8", 166 pounds)

First off I'd like to say that Jacoby Ford of Clemson and Dion Morton of Colorado State, both 5'10" speedsters, would both have their names in bold... if it weren't for Dexter McCluster.

Dexter is the smallest and speediest of them all.  Jevan Snead loves getting the ball to this poor man's (or child-size) Reggie Bush, as he accounted for nearly 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns.

This year the offense will be ALL about the Snead-to-McCluster connection, and not only could he have the most prolific season of anyone on this list, but he WILL find a good home in the NFL.

Wide Receiver: Brandon Banks, Kansas State (5'7", 150 pounds)

I'll give Brandon here his own section, hopefully making retribution for the fact that I regretably and accidentally omitted him from the original edition of this article.

How could a KU fan forget a guy like Banks?  Sorry, K-State, but he is, unlike McCluster, far and away the biggest name on his team (no offense, Mastrud), despite being one of the smallest guys I've mentioned.

Banks may never make it professionally because he just doesn't have the frame to add any necessary weight.  However, believe me when I say that he will get his fair chance.  Pardon the overused joke, but his 4.28 40 time already has Al Davis thinking 1st round.

Running Back: MiQuale Lewis, Ball State (5'6", 184 pounds) and Eugene Jarvis, Kent State (5'5", 173 pounds)

Let it be known that speed-monster Brandon James of Florida (4.33 40-time) and the versatile Michael Smith of Arkansas (10 total touchdowns) were, at 5'7", obvious choices, but probably have good NFL careers ahead of them.

For that reason, I settled on the one of the most productive senior backs on the board (Lewis, 1,736 yards, 22 touchdowns), who will have plenty of opportunities to run without Nate Davis around.  As my imaginary backup, I decided the smallest of the many multi-talented senior backs in college football (Jarvis) deserved to make the list as well.

And finally...

Quarterback: Todd Reesing, Kansas (5'10", 200 pounds)

Maybe I'm biased (of COURSE I'm biased), but this is the perfect award for Reesing, and the best part about writing this article!  Besides, the only other SEMI-productive sub-six-foot senior quarterback is Oregon State's Lyle Moevao (who, by most sites, is actually rated higher as a prospect than Reesing???), so I feel perfectly justified in putting Todd here.

Todd is generously listed as 5'11" by most sites, but I'm 5'11" with shoes on and am visibly taller than he is.  He will probably never make it professionally, because while smaller quarterbacks might survive in the NFL, tiny ones get eaten. 

This being said, I firmly believe that, whether discussing statistics or intangibles, Todd Reesing will be known as the third best graduating (a.k.a. senior) quarterback at this season's end.  KU has never had a quarterback throw for 4,000 yards or 35 touchdowns in a season, and this year is a perfect opportunity for Reesing to do so.

There you have it.  The final touches to the 2009 All-Small-Senior team.  These guys deserve every last bit of credit they can get, because they face as much adversity than anyone else on the football field, yet are usually the funnest players to watch.

I don't want to get mushy or anything, but these little guys are who make college football great.

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