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|Our All-Decade defense features a Heisman finalist, an All-Pro linebacker and a Rhodes Scholar at safety.|
(Based on high school accomplishment and including performances in college and the NFL. Year listed is senior season of football, not graduating class. Height and weight are from when each player was in high school.)
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DL Tommie Harris (2000)
Ellison (Killeen, Texas), 6-3, 280
A four-year starter in high school, Harris went on to start for four years at Oklahoma. He won the Lombardi Award in 2003 for the Sooners and has been a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Chicago Bears.
DL Gerald McCoy (2005)
Southeast (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 6-5, 290
With 20 sacks in his senior season, McCoy was USA Today's Defensive Player of the Year. He was a Lombardi Award finalist this season and is expected to be a top NFL draft choice.
DL Haloti Ngata (2001)
Highland (Salt Lake City, Utah), 6-4, 305
He's regarded as one of the top nose tackles in the NFL. In high school, he was probably the most dominant player ever to participate in the linemen drills at a Nike Football Training Camp.
DL Ndamukong Suh (2004)
Grant (Portland, Ore.), 6-5, 280
Before Suh made a name for himself at Nebraska as one of the top college defensive players of this decade, he was an all-state and All-America performer in high school. To achieve his recent success, he had to bounce back from injuries early in his Cornhuskers career.
LB Brian Cushing (2004)
Bergen Catholic (Oredell, N.J.), 6-3, 225
There has never been anything cushy about Cushing. He was the North Jersey Player of the Year for Bergen Catholic, earned Rose Bowl Defensive MVP honors at USC and is one of the top defensive rookies in the NFL for the Houston Texans.
LB Ernie Sims (2002)
North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.), 6-2, 225
He helped his team to four state titles while playing five varsity seasons. After charting 313 tackles his last two years, he starred at hometown Florida State and was taken ninth overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
LB Patrick Willis (2001)
Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central (Bruceton, Tenn.), 6-2, 215
At his small school, Willis became the first player in Tennessee prep history to be nominated for Mr. Football at two positions for the same season. He went on to win the Butkus Award at Ole Miss and led the NFL in tackles as a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers.
|Before winning a Super Bowl with the Steelers, LaMarr Woodley racked up 192 tackles in four years at Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.).|
LB LaMarr Woodley (2002)
Saginaw (Saginaw, Mich.), 6-2, 240
The four-year regular had 192 career tackles and led his team to a state championship. After a stellar University of Michigan career, Woodley was a starter for the 2009 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
DB Eric Berry (2006)
Creekside (Fairburn, Ga.), 6-0, 195
A four-year, two-way starter, he had 16 career interceptions and more than 8,000 offensive yards. He was a unanimous All-America pick as a sophomore at Tennessee.
DB Ted Ginn Jr. (2003)
Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio), 6-0, 170
He returned five of his eight interceptions for touchdowns and five kicks for scores, and was MVP of an All-America game. The former Ohio State star is starting to show the breakaway speed the Miami Dolphins sought when they took him ninth in the 2007 draft.
DB Myron Rolle (2005)
Hun School (Princeton, N.J.), 6-2, 215
Many picked Rolle as the top prep junior in the nation in 2004, and he followed that with an All-America season in 2005. He later starred at Florida State and is also known for becoming a Rhodes Scholar in 2008.
P Tyler Lewis (2003)
Albermarle (Albermarle, N.C.), 6-2, 235
He helped his school to three straight state titles, set 10 national or state kicking records and averaged 44.2 yards a punt as a senior. He committed to North Carolina State but left school after a redshirt freshman season.
|During his career at Jeannette (Jeannette, Pa.) Terrelle Pryor accounted for over 4,000 yards passing and 4,000 yards rushing.|
WR/DB/KR DeSean Jackson (2004)
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), 5-11, 180
The Mr. Football State Player of the Year for 2004 led Long Beach Poly to a championship season and had 101 career receptions plus numerous game-changing interceptions, kick returns and runs from scrimmage. Jackson is now perhaps the best big-play performer in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
QB/ATH/DB Terrelle Pryor (2007)
Jeannette (Jeannette, Pa.), 6-6, 225
The first Pennsylvania player to rush and pass for more than 4,000 career yards helped a 16-0 team win a state title in his final year. The nation's No. 1 recruit in 2008 is a two-year starter at QB for Ohio State.
QB/DB Vince Young (2001)
Madison (Houston, Texas), 6-5, 200
Before going to Texas and leading the Longhorns to a national title, Young was the Student Sports National Player of the Year. He had 2,432 yards passing with 31 TDs and 1,735 yards rushing with 22 TDs as a senior. Young's career totals included 8,518 combined rushing and passing yards.
• QB/RB/WR/DB/LB Michael Bush (2002): Male (Louisville, Ky.), 6-1, 230
• QB/RB/DB Dillon Baxter (2009): Mission Bay (San Diego, Calif.), 6-0, 205
• WR/DB Jeff Francouer (2001): Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 6-2, 190
• QB/RB/DB Will Hill (2007): St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), 6-3, 210
• QB/RB/DB Jake Locker (2005): Ferndale (Ferndale, Wash.), 6-3, 210
• QB/RB/DB Ryan Perrilloux (2004): East (St. John, Reserve, La.), 6-3, 225