Michigan has had a lot of great players come through in the past nine years, so I thought I would recap this great run with a Wolverine All-Decade (So Far) Team.
QB — Chad Henne (2004-07)
Career Stats: 828/1387; 9,715 Yds. Passing; 87 TD; 37 INT
Henne is the all-time Michigan leader in passing yards(9,715), completions(828) and touchdowns (87). He started four years at Michigan and went 0-4 against Ohio State and 1-3 in Bowl Games.
HB — Mike Hart (2004-07)
Career Stats: 1,015 Att; 5,040 Rushing Yds.; 41 TD
I considered putting Anthony Thomas here, but since he only played one year in this decade, I put Hart in. Hart is the all-time Michigan leader in rushing attempts, rushing yards, and is third in rushing touchdowns.
FB — B.J. Askew (1999-2002)
Career Stats: 343 Att; 678 Rushing Yds.; 17 TD
B.J. also has the most receiving yards by a Michigan running back. B.J. was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and has become the successor to Mike Alstott in Tampa.
WR — Braylon Edwards (2001-04)
Career Stats: 252 Rec; 3,541 Receiving Yds.; 39 TD
Braylon is the all-time Michigan leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Braylon was taken third overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2005 NFL Draft.
WR — Mario Manningham (2005-07)
Career Stats: 137 Rec; 2,310 Receiving Yds; 27 TD
This was a hard pick, as David Terrell or Jason Avant could've been placed here. Mario is ninth all-time in Michigan receptions, fifth in receiving yards, and fourth in receiving touchdowns. I also have to mention the last-second catch in his freshman year against Penn State to hand them their only loss of the season.
TE — Bennie Joppru (1999-2002)
Career Stats: 85 Rec; 800 Receiving Yds.; 8 TD
Bennie was one of the most active receiving tight ends Michigan has had in a while. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, but still has yet to catch a pass in the NFL.
OT — Jake Long (2004-07)
Career Awards: 2006 & 2007 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year; 2007 Jim Parker Award
Jake was perhaps the best offensive tackle ever to play at Michigan, and he was taken first overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft. He made the NFL Pro Bowl in his rookie season.
OG — Steve Hutchinson (1997-2000)
Career Awards: Two-time All-American selection, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year
Steve was a member of the 1997 National Championship team, and made the all-Big 10 team all four years he started. Steve has made the NFL Pro Bowl six times.
C — David Baas (2001-04)
Career Awards: 2004 Co-Dave Rimington Trophy Winner; 2004 All-American
Steve co-won the Rimington Trophy in 2004, which is given to college football's top Center. He also was named an All-American that year. He was drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the 49ers.
OG — Adam Stenavich (2002-05)
Career Awards: 2004 All-Big 10 First Team
Adam was named to the All-Big 10 First Team in 2004, and was named to the All-Big 10 Second Team the next year. He was not drafted, but signed immediately after the draft with the Carolina Panthers. He currently plays for the Houston Texans.
RT — Jeff Backus (1997-2000)
Career Awards: 2000 All-American
Jeff was a USA Today All-American selecton in 2000, and was drafted in the first round of the 2001 Draft by the Detroit Lions, for whom he currently plays.
DE — LaMarr Woodley (2003-06)
Career Awards: 2006 Lombardi Award winner; 2006 First Team All-American (among many other college career honors); Super Bowl championship
LaMarr has been regarded as perhaps the best defensive end/linebacker ever to play at Michigan, and he won many awards throughout his career at Michigan. He was drafted by the Steelers in the second Round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
DT — Alan Branch (2003-06)
Career Awards: 2006 All-American Selection
Alan had 57 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks in 35 career games at Michigan. Branch was talented enough to play defensive tackle and end. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
DT — Gabe Watson (2002-05)
Career Awards: 2x First-Team All-Big Ten
In his college career, Gabe had 92 tackles, 14.5 TFL and five sacks. He, like fellow lineman Alan Branch, was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
DE — Tim Jamison (2004-08)
Career Awards: 2005 Sporting News All-Big 10
At one point, Tim was the Michigan Active career leader in sacks. He went undrafted in 2009, but signed with the Houston Texans.
LB — Shawn Crable (2003-07)
Career Awards: 2x Second-Team All-Big Ten, Second-team Walter Camp All-American
Shawn was named a team captain in senior year, and made the All-Big Ten Second Team twice in his college career. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the Third Round of the 2008 Draft.
LB — David Harris (2003-06)
Career Awards: 2006 Dick Butkus Award Semifinalist
David wasn't named a starter until his junior year (2005), but led the team in tackles that year. He was a semifinalist for the Dick Butkus award his senior year, and was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
LB — Larry Foote (1998-01)
Career Awards: 2x First-Team All-Big Ten; 2001 First-Team All-American; Super Bowl championship
Larry is fourth in Michigan history in TFL (Tackles For Loss). He currently plays for the Detroit Lions, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
CB — Leon Hall (2003-06)
Career Awards: 2006 All-Big Ten Conference First Team (Unanimous)
Leon is Michigan's all-time leader with 43 passes broken up. He had 12 interceptions in his career at Michigan. He was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
CB — Marlin Jackson (2001-04)
Career Awards: 2x All-American; 2x All-Big 10; Super Bowl championship
Marlin finished his career second all-time among Michigan players in pass breakups. He was a team captain in 2003 and 2004. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.
S — Ernest Shazor (2000-04)
Career Awards: 2004 All-American
Shazor was an All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award in 2004 after a stellar season that included 84 Tackles and 2 INTs. Surprisingly, he went undrafted and only played one season in the NFL.
S — Cato June (1998-2002)
Career Awards: 2002 Honorable Mention, All-Big 10; Super Bowl championship
Cato had 102 tackles, and 10 TFL, and six sacks in his career. He was drafted by the Colts in 2003, and was converted to linebacker. He currently plays for the Houston Texans.
P — Zoltan Mesko (2005-2009)
Career Awards: 2008 Ray Guy Semifinalist; 2008 All-Big 10 First Team
Zoltan is the best punter Michigan has had in a long time and he could win the Ray Guy award this upcoming year as a fifth-year senior.
PK — Garrett Rivas
Career Awards: Two-time Lou Groza Award Semifinalist
Garrett finished his career as Michigan's all-time leading scorer with 354 points. He only missed 9 PATs in his career.
PR/KR — Steve Breaston
Career Awards: 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Steve has the most punt return yards (1,599) and the most kick return yards (1,993) in Michigan history. He is also fifth in Michigan history with 156 receptions. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.