When I received an e-mail from Bleacher Report about the latest open-mic article (All-time teams), many thoughts crossed my mind. An all-time Red Sox team, all-time USC team, an all-time Philadelphia Eagles team...
I was about to write one of those until I had a great idea.
Why not make a all-time college football team?
Regardless of team, era or well, anything. No holds barred the greatest team of all time. A team that if put together wouldn't lose. Ever.
I will be using an I-Tight Right formation with two running backs instead of a fullback on offense (2 HB, 1 TE, 2 WR) and a 4-3 on defense. So here it goes. First up, the offense.
QB - Matt Leinart, USC
What's not to like? 37-2 record, two national titles (make it three if it wasn't for Vince Young), Heisman Trophy winner, came back for his senior year and how about a 103-23 TD-to-INT ratio. He is a leader and a clutch performer. And this was just frickin' amazing.
RB1 - Tony Dorsett, Pitt
The first running back to run for 1,000 yards in all four seasons in which he played. He had a career of 6,082 yards in 1,133 attempts, an astounding 5.3 yards a carry, and 58, count them, fifty-eight rushing touchdowns, all at 5'11 185 pounds. He also won the Heisman trophy in 1976.
RB2 - Archie Griffin, Ohio St.
A 40-5-1 record while playing? That's good.
5,589 yards and three Big Ten rushing titles? That's great.
Four Rose Bowls starts and back-to-back Heisman trophies? That's legendary.
People argue that because he scored only 26 touchdowns he shouldn't be one of the two best running backs ever but in this team he is the perfect compliment back for Dorsett.
TE - Ozzie Newsome, Alabama
John Mackey would be the other choice (he has an award named after him for the best TE in the nation), but Newsome was just too tough to pass on. He dominated the TE position like nobody before and, if you don't mind me saying, after him. 102 career receptions and 2,070 career receiving yards will do that. Plus, Alabama was 42-5 during his tenure.
WR1 - Tim Brown, Notre Dame
The first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy and one of the most exciting players to watch during his time in South Bend. "Touchdown Timmy" was a nightmare to opposing defensive players because of his ability to catch the ball everywhere on the field and also run end-arounds. He finished with 22 touchdowns and a school record 5,024 all-purpose yards.
WR2 - Larry Fitzgerald, Pitt
After just his second season, Fitzgerald won the Walter Camp Award, the Biletnikoff award, was a unanimous All-American, and the runner up for the Heisman Trophy. In just 26 games, he posted a line of 161 catches, 2,677 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was really tough to cover considering his size (6'3" 220 lbs.) and speed.
LT – Orlando Pace, Ohio St.
How good was Pace? He was only the second true freshman to start for the Buckeyes in their history. He had the best finish by any lineman at the Heisman voting (4th) since 1980. Pace was dominant in his years as a Buckeye, so much that many that credit Pace to making the ‘pancake’ block popular, he also won the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and the Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker) twice.
LG – John Hannah, Alabama
Hannah is the most athletic guard to play the college game, hands down. ‘Bear’ Bryant called him the best lineman to ever put on a set of pads. He certainly played the part.
A two-time All-American, part of a national championship team and named to the Alabama All-Century Team. He also excelled at wrestling, shot put and discus.
C – Dave Rimington, Nebraska
This is a tough choice, so many great players over the years; Rimington, Bednarik, Butkus. In the end, I had to go with the two time Outland Trophy winner (back-to-back), two time first-team All-American, and has his jersey retired by the Cornhuskers. Definitely one of the most accomplished offensive lineman ever, and he has the Rimington Award named after him given to the best center in college football.
RG – Steve Hutchinson, Michigan
The right side of the line is critical since Leinart is a lefty and therefore his backside is opposite to that of most quarterbacks. Hutchinson is up to the task. A four-year starter at Michigan, a two-year captain, two-time All-American, four-time All-Big Ten, Outland trophy finalist but most importantly, he was a starter as a true freshman for the National Champion Wolverines in 1997.
RT – Jake Long, Michigan
Ta-Da! An All-Michigan right side of the line, and this coming from a Buckeye fan. Let’s list the accomplishments that Mr. Long has piled up, shall we? Four-year starter, freshman All-American, Outland trophy finalist, and two-time consensus first-team All-American.
Most people don’t know, but he was a right tackle for his freshman and sophomore years, and made a seamless transition to Left Tackle for his final two years, dominating even more, he also paved the way for Mike Hart’s stellar career (5,040 yards) and Chad Henne’s.
K – Morten Andersen, Michigan St.
Great accuracy combined with a big leg (63 yard field goal) and a calm demeanor needed for a kicker. If I need a game winning field goal, this is the guy I want kicking it. Andersen is known more for his longevity in the NFL than his collegiate career but he set many records and was an All-American in 1981.
So, there you go. This is the offense. A true leader and clutch performer under center, an offensive line that would not let a single body through, Mr. Inside (Griffin) and Mr. Outside (Dorsett), a pair of great receivers and a play-making Tight End to go along with a clutch kicker.
So, now let me hear it, who should’ve made the list? Maybe Bo Jackson should have been there, maybe Janikowski over Andersen, maybe Jim Parker instead of Hutchinson. Tell me, what would be your choices?
I will be back tomorrow or the day after with the defense, and the coach.