Big 12: Correll Buckhalter

Nebraska's all-decade team

January, 20, 2010
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It was an eventful decade at Nebraska where two abrupt coaching changes took place after having only one – and no firings of head coaches – in the previous 38 seasons.

All of the Cornhuskers’ coaches experienced success in their own way over the decade. With Bill Callahan and Bo Pelini, Nebraska was the only Big 12 school to make championship game appearances in the 2000’s with different coaches. And Frank Solich, the Cornhuskers’ first coach of the decade, took them to a national championship game in 2001.

In 2001 Eric Crouch claimed the first of the Big 12’s three Heisman trophies in the decade. And Ndamukong Suh had a great case for one in 2009.

Pelini has the Cornhuskers pointed in the right direction after only two seasons. But here are my choices for the Cornhuskers' best players and brightest moments.

OFFENSE

QB: Eric Crouch

RB: Correll Buckhalter

RB: Cory Ross

WR: Nate Swift

WR: Maurice Purify

TE: Tracey Wistrom

OL: Russ Hochstein

OL: Toniu Fonoti

OL: Richie Incognito

OL: Matt Slauson

C: Dominic Raiola

DEFENSE

DL: Adam Carriker

DL: Ndamukong Suh

DL: Jared Crick

DL: Kyle Vanden Bosch

LB: Carlos Polk

LB: Demorrio Williams

LB: Barrett Ruud

DB: Keyuo Craver

DB: Josh Bullocks

DB: Prince Amukamara

DB: Daniel Bullocks

P: Kyle Larson

K: Alex Henery

Ret: DeJuan Groce

Offensive player of the decade: QB Eric Crouch. Received playing time early in his career as a receiver, but eventually became the most athletic quarterback to win the Heisman this decade. He finished as Nebraska’s career leader in total offense and total offense touchdowns.

Defensive player of the decade: DT Ndamukong Suh. His unique blend of athleticism gave him a skill set unlike those for many defensive tackles. Before his career was finished, Suh left with a legitimate claim as the greatest Blackshirt in history.

Coach of the decade: Bo Pelini. All three Nebraska coaches experienced success in different ways. Pelini gets the nod for his 20-8 record as a head coach and three bowl victories, including one as interim coach in 2003.

Moment of the decade: Eric Crouch’s throwback pass reception in 2001. Not only did Mike Stuntz’ 63-yard touchdown pass to Crouch wrap up a huge 20-10 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma, but it also provided a highlight that helped catapult Crouch to the Heisman Trophy.

Former Big 12 players still in the NFL playoffs

January, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I'll admit that I don't watch nearly as much NFL as I do college football. Sundays typically are my busiest day during the season and I'm usually fortunate if I can watch a quarter of any regular season NFL game.

But after the bowls are over, I can watch the playoffs with a critical eye. The NFL playoffs are a great spectacle and Sunday's two championship games are one of the four or five best days of sports of the year. Not quite as good as national championship day or New Year's Day to be sure, but still six hours of entertaining football to be savored.

I particularly like to catch up with some of the former players I used to cover during their Big 12 careers. And with free agency drastically altering rosters, it's tough to follow all of the player movement.

I took a quick look at the rosters of the four remaining teams, looking for former Big 12 players and how they are involved on their teams.

Here's a look at each remaining NFL team with Big 12 players and their uniform numbers noted.

Philadelphia Eagles

Arizona Cardinals

  • LB Monty Beisel, Kansas State (52) -- Second-string at middle linebacker
  • CB Ralph Brown, Nebraska (20) -- Second-string at left cornerback
  • C Lyle Sendlein, Texas (63) -- Starter
  • DE Antonio Smith, Oklahoma State (94) -- Starter at left defensive end

Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers

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