Kania Named Freshman All-American by TSN

Brandon Kania (86), Rush End

Researching a different topic today, we've learned of an honor given to an Idaho defender way back in December. True freshman rush end <b>Brandon Kania</b> was one of just 2 players from the Sun Belt conference to be named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American Team for 2001, and this award has gone ENTIRELY too long without recognition here. A big congratulations goes out to Brandon from all of us at VandalVenue.com on this outstanding honor.

Although Idaho's defense struggled last season, there were several glimmers of hope for the future, particularly in the performance of a number of our sophomores and freshmen who were forced into action without the benefit of a redshirt year. Brandon Kania's aggressive style of play earned him a starting job on what was believed going into last year to be a veteran group, and ultimately earned him All-Conference honors just 12 months after a stellar high school career. As a true freshman Brandon quickly evolved into a defender which opposing offenses had to work around, as he led the team in quarterback sacks (7) and tackles for loss (10 for 43 yards) with just 8 starts on the season. His performance did not go unnoticed outside the Sun Belt Conference.

Named to TSN's Freshman All-American Team (2nd Team), Brandon is one of just 2 representatives from from the Sun Belt Conference (the other is 4th team DB Jonus Buckles of North Texas) on a list dominated by athletes from the PAC-10, BIG-12, BIG-10, SEC, ACC, and Big East. This is an outstanding honor, and something we are sure that Brandon and the new defensive staff look forward to building upon in the future.


The Sporting News Freshman All-American List.




  • First Team

  • OFFENSE

    WR Kelley Washington, 6-4, 225, Tennessee
    WR Reggie Williams, 6-4, 215, Washington
    TE Bobby Hoover, 6-4, 240, Tulane
    OL (T) Nat Dorsey, 6-6, 325, Georgia Tech
    OL (T) Shawn Andrews, 6-6, 330, Arkansas
    OL (G) Doug Buckles, 6-5, 290, Mississippi*
    OL (G/T) Wes Sims, 6-5, 300, Oklahoma*
    OL (T) Logan Mankins, 6-4, 290, Fresno State*
    QB Chris Rix, 6-4, 205, Florida State*
    RB Cedric Benson, 6-0, 200, Texas
    RB Anthony Davis, 5-8, 185, Wisconsin*


    DEFENSE

    DL (E) Travis Johnson, 6-5, 282, Florida State*
    DL (T) Tommie Harris, 6-3, 275, Oklahoma
    DL (T) Shaun Cody, 6-5, 255, Southern Cal
    DL (T) Bobby Leffew, 6-4, 270, Louisville*
    LB Derrick Johnson, 6-4, 215, Texas
    LB Bradley Vance, 6-1, 211, Minnesota
    LB Robert Rodriguez, 6-1, 230, UTEP*
    DB (CB) Matt Ware, 6-3, 195, UCLA
    DB (CB) Marlin Jackson, 6-1, 182, Michigan
    DB (SS) Mitch Meeuwsen, 6-3, 208, Oregon State*
    DB (FS) Jason Shivers, 6-1, 190, Arizona State


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K Justin Ayat, 6-0, 198, Hawaii*
    P Tony Yelk, 6-0, 201, Iowa State*
    KR Charles Frederick, 6-0, 190, Washington




  • Second Team

    OFFENSE

    WR Derrick Hamilton, 6-4, 190, Clemson*
    WR Fred Gibson, 6-4, 180, Georgia
    TE Tory Humphrey, 6-3, 230, Central Michigan
    OL (G) Eyoseph Efseaff, 6-3, 295, UCLA*
    OL (T) Rob Petitti, 6-6, 330, Pittsburgh*
    OL (G) Patrick Babcock, 6-6, 295, Illinois*
    OL (G) William Whitticker, 6-6, 299, Michigan State*
    OL (C) Ben Wilkerson, 6-4, 275, LSU
    QB David Greene, 6-3, 222, Georgia*
    RB Carnell Williams, 5-11, 193, Auburn
    RB Kevin Jones, 6-1, 205, Virginia Tech


    DEFENSE

    DL (E) Brandon Kania, 6-3, 230, Idaho
    DL (T) Donnell Washington, 6-6, 320, Clemson*
    DL (T) Brandon Dabdoub, 6-1, 295, Colorado*
    DL (E) Kenechi Udeze, 6-3, 295, Southern Cal*
    LB Mayo Sowell, 6-2, 220, Auburn*
    LB Barrett Ruud, 6-2, 220, Nebraska
    LB Ronald Stanley, 6-2, 210, Michigan State
    DB (CB) Antonio Perkins, 6-0, 175, Oklahoma*
    DB (CB) Carlos Rogers, 6-1, 167, Auburn
    DB (SS) Marvin Godbolt, 5-11, 195, TCU*
    DB (SS) Doug Monaghan, 6-3, 200, Cincinnati


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K Nick Novak, 6-0, 186, Maryland*
    P Derek McLaughlin, 6-2, 190, Washington
    KR Alvin Pearman, 5-10, 192, Virginia




  • Third Team

    OFFENSE

    WR Josh Davis, 6-1, 195, Marshall*
    WR Michael Clayton, 6-4, 185, LSU
    TE Ben Hall, 6-5, 240, Clemson
    OL (T) Nick Kaczur, 6-6, 300, Toledo
    OL (T) Calvin Armstrong, 6-8, 298, Washington State*
    OL (G) Justin Smiley, 6-3, 292, Alabama*
    OL (T) C.J. Brooks, 6-5, 304, Maryland*
    OL (C) Vince Carter, 6-3, 265, Oklahoma
    QB Ben Roethlisberger, 6-5, 209, Miami (Ohio)*
    RB Marion Barber, 5-11, 195, Minnesota
    RB Chance Kretschmer, 6-2, 220, Nevada*


    DEFENSE

    DL (E) Alfred Peterson, 6-3, 245, Rutgers
    DL (E) Rashad Jeanty, 6-3, 230, Central Florida
    DL (T) Skylor Magee, 6-1, 270, Southern Miss*
    LB Anthony Schlegel, 6-2, 220, Air Force
    LB Justin Beriault, 6-3, 190, Ball State*
    LB Matt Grootegoed, 5-11, 205, Southern Cal*
    LB Nick Speegle, 6-5, 235, New Mexico*
    DB (CB) Marcus McGruder, 5-9, 180, Wake Forest*
    DB (CB) Ahmad Carroll, 5-11, 190, Arkansas
    DB (SS) Matt Pusateri, 5-11, 195, Miami (Ohio)*
    DB (FS) Jermain Woodard, 5-11, 195, Houston*


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K Xavier Beitia, 5-10, 180, Florida State
    P James Gaither, 6-4, 220, Memphis
    KR Jahmal Fenner, 5-9, 175, UTEP




  • Fourth Team

    OFFENSE

    WR Terrence Murphy, 6-1, 190, Texas A&M
    WR Teyo Johnson, 6-7, 245, Stanford*
    TE Chris Holmes, 6-5, 259, Toledo*
    OL (T) Uriah Moenoa, 6-4, 331, Hawaii*
    OL (T) Wesley Britt, 6-8, 304, Alabama*
    OL (G) Dan Buenning, 6-4, 299, Wisconsin*
    OL (G) Marcus Johnson, 6-6, 320, Mississippi*
    OL (G) Chris Snee, 6-2, 300, Boston College*
    QB Gino Guidugli, 6-4, 205, Cincinnati
    RB Alex Haynes, 5-11, 220, Central Florida*
    RB Frank Gore, 5-10, 190, Miami (Fla.)


    DEFENSE

    DL (T) David Pollack, 6-2, 260, Georgia
    DL (T) Randy Starks, 6-5, 290, Maryland
    DL (T) Colby Clark, 6-2, 272, Northwestern*
    DL (T) Lorenzo Alexander, 6-3, 280, Cal
    LB James King, 6-1, 195, Central Michigan*
    LB Jim Scharrer, 6-3, 233, Duke
    LB Kirk Morrison, 6-0, 230, San Diego State*
    DB (CB) Lornell McPherson, 5-9, 175, Nebraska*
    DB (CB) DeAngelo Hall, 6-0, 190, Virginia Tech
    DB (S) Jonas Buckles, 5-11, 213, North Texas*
    DB (S) Dustin Fox, 6-0, 190, Ohio State


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K Johnny Beck, 6-1, 200, Kansas
    P Jared Cook, 5-10, 185, Mississippi State*
    KR Dominique Dorsey, 5-8, 165, UNLV


    * denotes redshirt

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