College Football's All-Decade Team, 2000-2007

Matt MadridCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2008

College football has had a great run over the past seven years of play. 

Here's my all-decade team from 2000-2007.


QB: Vince Young, Texas (2003-2005)

Led his team to the 2005 national championship.  Was nearly unable to be tackled when in the open field.  Threw for over 6,000 yards and 44 touchdowns and also ran for over 3,100 and 37 touchdowns.

Others: Ken Dorsey, Miami; Troy Smith, Ohio St.; Matt Leinart, USC

RB: Reggie Bush, USC (2003-2005)

Despite only starting 14 games, had over 6,500 all-purpose yards.  Helped USC to a national title in 2004.  Had one of the most amazing runs ever in college football in a shootout win over Fresno State in 2005.  Heisman trophy winner in 2005.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (2004-2006)

Broke almost all of the freshman rushing records in 2004 while being a Heisman finalist.  While healthy, he could change a game by making the defense plan around him. 

Others: LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU; Darren McFadden, Arkansas; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis

WR: Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (2004-2006)

Just shy of 3,000 yards with 28 touchdowns.  Had 13 100-yard receiving games.  Big play guy who could change a game at any second.  Had to be double covered and could still make amazing plays.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Pitt (2002-2003)

Had over 2,600 yards in just 26 games with 34 touchdowns.  He could go deep and over the middle, which you don't see out of a lot of wideouts in college football.

Others: Braylon Edwards, Michigan; Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio St.; Andre Johnson, Miami

TE: Kellen Winslow, Miami (2001-2003)

Linebackers were too slow and defensive backs were too small to cover him.  Great hands and a tough nose. 

Others: Jeremy Shockey, Miami; Vernon Davis, Maryland; Dallas Clark, Iowa

OT: Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (2003-2006)

OT: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia (2003-2005)

OG:Logan Mankins, Fresno State (2001-2004)

OG: Branden Albert, Virginia (2004-2007)

C:Jeff Faine, Notre Dame (1999-2002)


DT: Tommie Harris, Oklahoma (2001-2003)

A force in the middle that was virtually unmovable.  Lombardi Award Winner

DT: Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2004-2007)

Big and quick.  Makes for a great defensive force.  Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski, Lott Awards.

DE: Mario Williams, North Carolina St. (2003-2005)

175 tackles and 25.5 sacks in 36 games. 

DE: Julius Peppers, North Carolina (1999-2001).

30 sacks, three touchdowns, five interceptions, 52 tackles for a loss. 

Others:Chris Long, Virginia; Vernon Gholston, Ohio St.; Shaun Cody, USC

OLB: A.J. Hawk, Ohio St. (2002-2005)

Covered sideline to sideline with authority. 

OLB: Terrell Suggs, Arizona St. (1999-2002)

Would get down and rush the passer off end or stand up and cover tight ends and running backs.  Had 66 TFL and 44 sacks.

Others: Derrick Johnson, Oklahoma; Ernie Sims, Florida St.; Shawne Merriman, Maryland

MLB: Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (2003-2006)

Had around 350 tackles his last three years at Mississippi.  Dominant run stopper that could fill a hole as quick as anyone.

Others: Jonathan Vilma, Miami; Lofa Tatupu, USC; Dan Morgan, Miami

CB: DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech (2001-2003)

One of the fastest players in the game at the time.  Had eight picks and 190 tackles, and also returned five punts for touchdowns.  Shutdown man.

CB: Adam Jones, West Virginia (2002-2004)

Nicknamed "Pacman" because he would eat receivers up.  Eight picks while shutting down opponents.  Was a dangerous return man, with a chance to take it to the house on every kickoff or punt.

Others:Chris Gamble, Ohio St.; Phillip Buchanon, Miami; Antonio Cromartie, Florida St.

FS: Sean Taylor, Miami (2001-2003)

A combination of size, speed, and strength made him one of the best college defenders ever.  He was all over the field and could make big play after big play.  R.I.P. Sean.

Others: Roy Williams, Oklahoma; Michael Griffin, Texas; Reggie Nelson, Florida

SS: Ed Reed, Miami (1998-2001)

Defines playmaker.  Everything you want in a football player.  Probably the best defensive back ever in college football.  Contributed on special teams.

Others: LaRon Landry, LSU; Donte Whitner, Ohio St.; Mike Doss, Ohio St.

K: Mike Nugent, Ohio St. (2001-2004)

Tied or broke 22 school records while at OSU, including most points.  Consensus All-American as a senior.  Groza award winner.

Others: Nate Kaeding, Iowa; Mason Crosby, Colorado; Jeff Chandler, Florida

Coach: Pete Carroll, USC (2000-Present)

Two national championships, six conference titles, three Heisman trophy winners.  76-14 record.

Others: Jim Tressel, Ohio St.; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Mack Brown, Texas


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