Several Cougars among Midseason All-Independent Team

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CLEVELAND, OH - Phil Steele released his Midseason All-Independent Team, featuring 15 BYU players, including nine on the first team. 

Notre Dame led the group with 21 players making the all-indepedent team, including 13 on the first eam. Army had 10 players on the list and Navy had eight. 

Junior wide receiver Cody Hoffman and senior offensive lineman Braden Hansen were selected to the first team offense, with freshman running back Jamaal Williams, junior tight end Kaneakua Friel and senior offensive lineman Braden Brown on the second team. 

BYU had five players on the first team defense including senior defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah, junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy, senior linebacker Brandon Ogletree, senior defensive back Preston Hadley and sophomore defensive back Jordan Johnson. Senior defensive lineman Romney Fuga, junior linebacker Spencer Hadley and junior defensive back Daniel Sorensen made the second team defense. 

Senior punter Riley Stephenson and junior punt returner JD Falslev were honored on the first team special teams. 

The Cougars challenge No. 10 Oregon State Saturday as part of BYU's homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for 1:30 MT. The game will be broadcast regionally on ABC. 

Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is one of the nation’s most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason, Midseason and Postseason All-American teams as well as All-Conference teams. For a full list of All-Conference teams and All-American teams, please visit PhilSteele.com.

2012 Midseason All-Independent Team


Offense:

  1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
QB Trent Steelman, Army Everett Golson, Notre Dame
RB Raymond Maples, Army Larry Dizon, Army
RB Theo Riddick, Notre Dame Jamaal Williams, BYU
WR DaVaris Daniels, Notre dame George Atkinson III, Notre Dame
WR TJ Jones, Notre Dame Robby Toma, Notre Dame
WR Cody Hoffman, BYU Shawn Lynch, Navy
TE Tyle Eifert, Notre Dame Kaneakua Friel, BYU
OL Braxston Cave, Notre dame Braden Brown, BYU
OL Braden Hansen, BYU Mike Golic, Notre Dame
OL Frank Allen, Army Michael Kime, Army
OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame Josh Cabral, Navy

Defense:

  1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Karpon Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame
DL Ezekiel Ansah, BYU Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
DL Louis Nix, Notre Dame Romney Fuga, BYU
LB Nate Combs, Army Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame Geoferry Bacon, Army
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU Matt Warrick, Navy
LB Brandon Ogletree, BYU Spencer Hadley, BYU
DB Bennet Jackson, Notre Dame Alex Meier, Army
DB Preston Hadley, BYU KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
DB Jordan Johnson, BYU Ta'ves Bush, Navy
DB Zeke Motta, Notre dame Daniel Sorensen, BYU

Special Teams:

  1st TEAM 2nd TEAM
K Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame Nick Sloan, Navy
P Riley Stephenson, BYU Pablo Beltran, Navy
KR Marcus Thomas, Navy Stephen Fraser, Army
PR JD Falslev, BYU Shawn Lynch, Navy