Monday, June 22, 2009

BUCKEYES ALL-DECADE TEAM (2000-2009)

The first decade of the 21st century is nearly over and it's been pretty good for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.

During this decade, the Bucks hired head coach Jim Tressel (2001), won one national championship (2002), been in two others (2006, 2007), had a Heisman Trophy winner (Troy Smith, 2006), took at least a share of the Big Ten conference title five times (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and possess a 7-2 record against Michigan (7-1 under Tressel).

Not too shabby!

Well, as this first decade ticks away, I thought that it was time to reflect on some of the best Buckeyes players to don the Scarlet and Gray over the past ten seasons and put together an All-Decade squad.

It was quite difficult to put together, but listed below is who I would field as my Buckeyes team of the decade:

FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB-Troy Smith
RB-Chris "Beanie" Wells
FB-Jamar Martin
WR-Santonio Holmes
WR-Michael Jenkins
TE-Ben Hartsock
T-Shane Olivea
T-Rob Sims
G-Adrien Clarke
G-Alex Stepanovich* Only started one season as a guard, but I had to have him on the first team.
C-LeCharles Bentley
FIRST TEAM
DEFENSE
DE-Will Smith
DE-Vernon Gholston
DT-Quinn Pitcock
DT-Tim Anderson
OLB-A.J. Hawk
ILB-James Laurinaitis
OLB-Marcus Freeman
CB-Malcolm Jenkins
CB-Chris Gamble
S-Mike Doss
S-Donte Whitner
FIRST TEAM
SPECIALISTS
Returner-Ted Ginn Jr.
K-Mike Nugent
P-A.J. Trapasso

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB-Craig Krenzel
RB-Maurice Clarett
FB-Brandon Joe
WR-Ted Ginn Jr.
WR-Anthony Gonzalez
WR-Brian Robiskie
TE-None.
T-Kirk Barton
T-Tyson Walter
G-Bryce Bishop
G-T.J. Downing
C-Nick Mangold
SECOND TEAM
DEFENSE
DE-Darrion Scott
DE-Cameron Heyward
DT-Ryan Pickett
DT-Kenny Peterson
OLB-Bobby Carpenter
ILB-Matt Wilhelm
OLB-Robert Reynolds
CB-Nate Clements
CB-Ashton Youboty
S-Donnie Nickey
S-Kurt Coleman
SECOND TEAM
SPECIALISTS
Returner-Chris Gamble
K-Ryan Pretorius
P-Andy Groom