Ten years is a long time.
2000-2009 All-Decade Team
QB- Tim Tebow (Florida)
· Arguably the best player of the decade, certainly one of the most decorated.
RB- Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma)
· Outstanding freshman season was enough to get him on this team despite injury-plagued sophomore and junior campaigns.
RB- Darren McFadden (Arkansas)
· The original “Wildcat”, he dominated a game unlike any other player this decade.
FB- Owen Scmitt (West Virginia)
· One of the few players who was able to draw TV time from the sideline with his insane helmet head-bashing rampages.
WR- Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech)
· He never played a season in which he didn’t win the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s best receiver.
WR- Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech)
· The best combination of unhuman strength and speed in a 6’4’’ frame maybe ever.
WR- Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh)
· There has never been a better threat for the fade pass in the history of the game.
TE- Kellen Winslow II (Miami)
· Very versatile at this position, definitely more of a pass-catcher, but no tight end did it better than him.
OL- Robert Gallery (Iowa)
· A fierce pass protector helped Iowa to its first BCS bowl in 2002-03.
OL- Bryant McKinnie (Miami)
· Was the blind-side protector for Ken Dorsey during the Hurricanes’ 34-game win streak in the early part of the decade.
OL- Jordan Gross (Utah)
· Did not allow a sack in his final two collegiate seasons.
OL- Jake Long (Michigan)
· The only offensive linemen to be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft this decade.
OL- Joe Thomas (Wisconsin)
· Extremely athletic tackle was a great run blocker and pass protector for the Badgers.
UTILITY- Reggie Bush (USC)
· Simply the most electrifying player in recent memory.
DE- Terrell Suggs (Arizona State)
· Sack artist brought the quarterback down 24 times in his junior season.
DE- Elvis Dumervil (Louisville)
· Similar player to Suggs, emerged from nowhere to be win numerous awards before turning pro.
DT- Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)
· Nearly became the first defensive linemen to win the Heisman in 2009; no tackle changed a game like he could.
DT- Vince Wilfork (Miami)
· A run-stuffing giant made it hard for teams to gain any ground against the Hurricanes.
OLB- A.J. Hawk (Ohio State)
· Helped lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated 2006 regular season, how he never won the Butkus award will forever be a mystery.
MLB- Dan Morgan (Miami)
· One of the hardest-hitting linebackers to ever wear a Miami uniform…hope Ray Lewis doesn’t read this!
OLB- Teddy Lehman (Oklahoma)
· Four-year starter made Sooner fans forget about the great Rocky Calmus.
CB- Terrence Newman (Kansas State)
· Probably the fastest player at this position at the collegiate level since 2000.
CB- Chris Gamble (Ohio State)
· Gamble made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in the Buckeyes’ 2002 national title run.
S- Roy Williams (Oklahoma)
· If you don’t remember how ridiculous this guy was in college, YouTube search “Roy Williams jump sack”; prepare to be amazed.
S- Ed Reed (Miami)
· Before he scored touchdowns for the Ravens, he changed games with defensive scores in southern Florida.
K- Mike Nugent (Ohio State)
· The strongest leg of any kicker eligible for this honor.
P- Daniel Sepulveda (Baylor)
· Ray Guy award winner in 2004 and 2006, clearly the only choice for this award.
KR- C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
· Seven kicks returned for touchdowns in his career rank him second all-time.
PR- Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma)
· Tied for first place all-time with eight punt returns for touchdowns.