Illini's All-Decade Team

Illini's All-Decade Team

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Illinois All-Decade team

With the help of former News-Gazette ace reporter Brian Dietz, here is the best of Illinois football during the past 10 years. Feel free to argue:

Offense

POS. PLAYER COMMENT

QB Kurt Kittner Threw 45 of his school-record 70 touchdown passes in final two seasons

RB Rashard Mendenhall Illinois doesn't get to the 2008 Rose Bowl without him

RB Antoineo Harris School's No. 2 career rusher takes spot in a close call over Pierre Thomas

WR Arrelious Benn Disappointing junior season doesn't erase success of first two years

WR Brandon Lloyd Missed 2000, then caught 65 passes in 2001 and 2002

WR Walter Young We're going with a third WR, one who stands sixth on school's career catch list

L Tony Pashos An underrated recruit, four-year starter helped 2001 team win the Big Ten title

L Dave Diehl Only started one season; enough to convince Giants he could become an anchor

L Martin O'Donnell All-America honors as a senior clinched his place among the decade's best

L Jon Asamoah Three-year starting guard continues to move up NFL draft lists

L Luke Butkus In close call over Ryan McDonald, Dick's nephew started three seasons at center

K Jason Reda After a rough start, he hit 31 of 37 field goals his final two seasons

Defense

POS. PLAYER COMMENT

L Fred Wakefield Pride of Tuscola went from skinny tight end to No. 3 on career sack list

L Will Davis Cardinals rookie happy he made move from receiver to No. 7 on career sack list

L Derrick Strong Chicago Mount Carmel product made Simeon Rice smile as a two-year starting end

L Brandon Moore Before he turned into a Jets OL regular, he helped anchor Ron Turner's defense

LB J Leman No. 6 on school's career tackle list, he had 284 stops his final two seasons

LB Brit Miller Decatur native led Illini in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss as a senior

LB Jerry Schumacher Three-year starter led 2001 Big Ten champions in tackles

DB Vontae Davis Three-year starter impressed Dolphins, who picked him in the first round

DB Kelvin Hayden Went from team leader in catches as a junior to interceptions leader as a senior

DB Eugene Wilson Future Super Bowl champion was a lockdown corner for 2001 Big Ten champs

DB Bobby Jackson In close call for final spot over Kevin Mitchell, Justin Harrison and Christian Morton

P Steve Weatherford Has three of four best punting seasons in school history; 45.4-yard average as senior

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