Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A tie at No. 15 in the Top 25 countdown
By Graham Watson
So, this might be the first of a couple ties during the countdown. As I was working on my list, I realized that I had too many players and not enough spots. So this is my attempt to make sure everyone gets their due.
No. 15(A): Josh McNary, DE, Army
2009 numbers: Ranked third in the country in tackles for loss (22.5) and fourth nationally in sacks (12.5). He also had 65 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Making the case for McNary: McNary is Army’s all-time sack leader with 18 and last year’s 12.5 sacks set a single-season record for the Black Knights. He had a season-high four sacks against Temple, which allowed less than two sacks per game. McNary is already being considered as a potential All-American candidate and should get some consideration if he continues to play at the level he played during his senior season.
No. 15(B): Bruce Miller, DE, Central Florida
2009 numbers: Led UCF and ranked fifth nationally with once sack per game (13 overall) and had 18 tackles for loss. He also had 53 tackles and seven quarterback hurries.
Making the case for Miller: Miller is the defending Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in both tackles for loss and sacks. He became the first UCF player to earn the honor. Behind Miller, the Knights led Conference USA in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, sacks and tackles for loss. The UCF defense should be equally as talented this year and Miller is expected to have another big season.