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Big Ten all-decade team

1/22/2010

I hope you enjoyed the decade recap series. We had a lot of fun researching and putting it together. Not surprisingly, my top players list generated a ton of feedback -- mostly negative, but that's cool -- from the Big Ten faithful.

Because there were so many deserving players left off the list, I decided to put together an all-decade team to recognize some of the other standouts in the Big Ten from 2000-09. I made the offensive line a bit more general to acknowledge the best players there.

Unlike the top 10, I was a bit more lenient about players who had only one outstanding season during this decade.

Enjoy.

OFFENSE

QB: Troy Smith, Ohio State

RB: Mike Hart, Michigan

RB: Larry Johnson, Penn State

WR: Braylon Edwards, Michigan

WR: Charles Rogers, Michigan State

TE: Dallas Clark, Iowa

C: Greg Eslinger, Minnesota

OL: Joe Thomas, Wisconsin

OL: Robert Gallery, Iowa

OL: Jake Long, Michigan

OL: Eric Steinbach, Iowa

DEFENSE

DE: LaMarr Woodley, Michigan

DT: Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin

DT: Jared Odrick, Penn State

DE: Tamba Hali, Penn State

LB: Paul Posluzsny, Penn State

LB: A.J. Hawk, Ohio Sate

LB: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

CB: Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin

CB: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

S: Bob Sanders, Iowa

S: Mike Doss, Ohio State

SPECIALISTS

K: Mike Nugent, Ohio State

P: Travis Dorsch, Purdue

Returners: Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State and Steve Breaston, Michigan