Oregon Ducks Football All Decade Team (2000-2009)

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIJuly 29, 2009

01 Jan 2002 : Joey Harrington of Oregon celebrates his third quarter touchdown against Colorado during the game at the  Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Oregon Ducks won 38-16. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

(When there are multiple players for each position, there is no particular order)

QB: Joey Harrington

Over his three years starting for the Ducks his stats were 6911 passing yards, 59 touchdowns, 23 interceptions. Joey lead the Ducks to the #2 ranking and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. He was also named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year the same year.

Honorable Mention: Dennis Dixon, Kellen Clemens

RB: Jonathan Stewart, Onterrio Smith

Jonathan Stewart finished his career in 2007 with the Oregon individual single season record for rushing yards with 1722 and the most 100 yard rushing games in a season with nine. Most should remember the impact he had with the Ducks in his three year stay.

Onterrio Smith holds the Oregon records for the most rushing yards in a game with 285 and the most consecutive 100 yard rushing games with seven. He was a key player in the early 2000’s and was a key contributor in the Fiesta Bowl winning year in 2002.

Honorable Mention: Terrance Whitehead, Jeremiah Johnson, Maurice Morris

WR: Demetrius Williams, Keenan Howry, Sammie Parker

Demetrius Williams tied the Oregon record for receiving touchdowns in a single season (ten) and has the most 100 yard receiving games in a career with 11. Demetrius was the big play threat for the Ducks in the middle 2000’s.

Keenan Howry has the Ducks record for the most receiving touchdowns in a game with four. He was a key receiver for Joey Harrington in the early 2000’s.

Sammie Parker holds the Ducks records for receptions in a game (17), season (77), career (178) and the most receiving yards in a career (2761). Was a favorite target of Joey Harrington in the early 2000’s.

Honorable Mention: Jaison Williams

TE: Justin Peelle

This position was the toughest to pick. Oregon has had a great string of Tight Ends since 2000. His final career stats were 63 receptions for 944 yards and 14 touchdowns. He got the final bump ahead of the others because of being on the Fiesta Bowl winning team.

Honorable Mention: Ed Dickson, Tim Day, George Wrighster, Daunte Rosario

OL: Adam Snyder, Fenuki Tupou, Max Unger, Geoff Schwartz, Ian Reynoso

Adam Snyder and Ian Reynoso were the rocks of the offensive line in the mediocre years in the middle 2000's. They had to go through two offensive coordinators and had to go through the transition to the spread offense. Both were solid players when many other positions were having down seasons.

Fenuki Tupou, Max Unger and Geoff Schwartz were the stars on the offensive line during the first Chip Kelly year and the last year with Dennis Dixon. Each has moved onto the NFL and each were key players in recent years. Max Unger is known for his versatility, Fenuki Tupou known for being an excellent pass blocker and Geoff Schwartz I remember most when Dennis Dixon accidentally pitched him the ball on a broken option play.

Honorable Mention: Nick Steitz

DL: Nick Reed, Igor Olshansky, Haloti Ngata, Devan Long

Nick Reed should still be fresh in everyone’s minds. A 7th round pick by the Seahawks, Nick looks to continue what he did at Oregon, get tackles for a loss and sacks. He was known for having a great motor and was very technically sound. Nick Reed holds the school record for sacks (29.5) and tackles for a loss (51.5).

Igor Olshansky another giant defensive tackle, was a beast for the Ducks in the early 2000’s. Igor went on to star for the Chargers and recently signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Cowboys. Olshansky tested the best bench press in Ducks history at 505 pounds.

Haloti Ngata, now a star on the Ravens, was the prototypical defensive tackle for the Ducks. He managed to be a first team All-American while being double and sometimes triple teamed. Outside of Olshanski, Ngata was one of the strongest Ducks ever.

Devan Long was a standout defensive end for the Ducks in the mid 2000’s. Long was another hard working and undersized defensive end. He always seemed to be in the right place and made a lot of big plays for the Ducks.

Honorable Mention: Matt Toeaina, Ra'Shon Harris, Junior Siavii

LB: Wesley Mallard, Blair Phillips, Anthony Trucks

Wesley Mallard walked on at Oregon and eventually became the team leader in tackles his senior year. He is going into his eighth season in the NFL and is looking to make an impact with the Seahawks this season. Was also a very strong special teams player during his Ducks career.

Blair Phillips in his short time as a Duck made a huge impact at middle linebacker. He came into his own as a senior, He was known to be a run stuffer and was known for big hits. Blair was the start of Oregon recruiting bigger linebackers to help in run support and was pretty good in his pass drops.

Anthony Trucks came onto the scene in his senior year. He was very successful at pressuring the quarterback and was a force off the edge.

DB: Patrick Chung, Keith Lewis, Jarius Byrd, Aaron Gibson

Patrick Chung and Jarius Byrd should be remembered by all Duck fans. Both of these players were second round picks in the 2009 NFL Draft and both were long time outstanding players that both started since their redshirt freshmen years. Patrick will be remembered as a leader of the defense and an enforcer out on the field. Jarius will be remembered for having a very solid all around game and for coming up with big plays when the defense needed them.

Keith Lewis was the start of the trend of big physical safeties for the Ducks in the decade. He was a big hitter and was also good in coverage for the Ducks. Lewis was drafted by the 49ers in 2004 and is looking for a fresh start on the Cardinals this season.

Aaron Gibson was a great corner for the Ducks in the middle 2000's. Excellent in all areas of his game, as a senior was tied for the most interceptions in the league. I remember him most being a very good cover 2 scheme corner that would bait the quarterback into making the wrong read. Would have made for a great cover 2 corner in the NFL, if he would have had a little more size.

Honorable Mention: Walter Thurmond III, Rashad Bauman, Justin Phinisee, JD Nelson


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