2005 Players to Watch - Defense

Don't think of it as an All-American team, but as an early national watch list for 2005. This list does not include any prospects who recently transfered to JCs from four-year colleges. We released a list of offensive minded prospects earlier in the spring. Here's the long-awaited defensive list. All inclusive? No chance. Just whetting your appetite.


DL  Freddie Barnett
(6-1, 305)
Trinity Valley Arkansas signee out of high school. Very explosive and strong.
DL  Louis Holmes
(6-6, 260)
Scottsdale Ohio State placement. Has been offered by dozens of colleges already.
DL Greg Smith
(6-2, 310)
Northeast Miss. Was heralded Auburn signee in 2004 who didn't qualify. Best interior DL in Mississippi conference? Probably.
DL  Nigel Dawson
(6-4, 260)
Jones County Native of Springfield, KY can dominate off the edge.
DE  Douglas Butts
(6-4, 260)
Holmes Raw but runs a 4.7 forty. Came from a small HS where he played OLB. Great work ethic.
DL  Paul Griffin
(6-1, 285)
Butler 1st Team NJCAA All-American as a frosh.
DL  Michael Rodriguez
(6-3, 270)
Foothill All-NorCal Conf. as a frosh.
LB  Jasper Brinkley
(6-2, 226)
Georgia Military Sideline-to-sideline player with great instincts. Georgia all-stater as senior in HS.
LB Paul Tolbert
(6-2, 220)
East central One of the better linebackers in Miss. for '05.
LB Anthony Atkins
(6-3, 250)
Compton Self-reported 89 tackles, 8 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries. 1st team All-Western State Conference in 2004.
LB  Garrett Judah
(6-2, 220)
Butte 1st Team All-NorCal Conf. as a frosh.
LB  Misi Tupe
(5-11, 235)
Dixie State Signed with Utah out of high school, and then went on Mormon Mission.  Has run as fast as 4.45 at 240 pounds on FieldTurf.  "Big hitter" mentality.
LB  Larry Grant
(6-2, 220)
CCSF 1st Team All-NorCal Conf. as a frosh.
CB  Andre Saulsberry
(5-11, 175)
Riverside A speedster who earned 1st team all-Mission conference as a freshman.
CB  Geoff Tisdale
(6-1, 170)
LA Valley 8 INT with 3 TD as frosh.
CB  Castine Bridges
(6-1, 185)
Diablo Valley Led Calif. in INTs last season.
CB  Matthew Harper
(5-11, 185)
CC San Francisco All-NorCal Conf. as a frosh.
DB  Andre Jones
(6-0, 190)
Fresno 1st Team All-Valley Conf. as a frosh.
S  Nate Ness
(6-2, 185)
El Camino 7 INT with 1 TD as frosh
S  Jonathan Warren 
(6-0, 200)
Butler Committed to Florida State.
P   Andrew Larson
(6-0, 180)
Saddleback 42.1 average as a frosh.
AP  Michael Bolio
(6-0, 190)
LA Harbor Freshman. May end up at a four-year by end of summer. Has applied for entrance to USC and is awaiting word.


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