Michigan Wolverines Football
Michigan saw a wide variety of football in the 2000’s, from coach Lloyd Carr’s 11-0 start in 2006, to Rich Rodriguez’s first year at 3-9 and missing a bowl game. Either way, there was plenty of talent on the field in Michigan Stadium, with many of these Wolverines playing on Sundays now.
Quarterback, Chad Henne (2004-2007)
The four-year starter re-wrote the record book for Michigan passing stats. As a freshman, he led Michigan to a Rose Bowl appearance.
Chris Perry (2000-2003)
Perry was a big part in both of Michigan victories against Ohio State this decade. During his senior year he won the Big Ten MVP.
Mike Hart (2004-2007)
Like Henne, he started throughout his career and made his own record books for Michigan rushing
Braylon Edwards (2001-2004)
A big, strong and fast receiver with all the intangibles for a great playmaker. He has the most receptions, yards and touchdowns in Ann Arbor.
Marquise Walker (2000-2001)
Although his career started in 1998, he left his stamp at Michigan at the turn of the century.
Bennie Joppru (2000-2002)
In 2002, Joppru was named an Associated Press All-America for his 53 receptions and five touchdowns.
Left tackle: Jake Long (2003-2007)
The two-time, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and All-America, Backus Award winner was selected first overall in the 2008 NFL draft.
Guard: Steve Hutchinson (2000)
In his one season Hutchinson played this decade, he didn’t allow a sack and was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Right tackle: Adam Stenavich (2002-2005)
Two-time All-America, Stenavich will sadly be most remembered for being arrested and not starting the 2005 Rose Bowl.
Guard: Matt Lentz (2002-2005)
First Team All- Big Ten in his junior season and Second Team as a senior.
Center: David Baas (2001-2004)
Baas played center and was awarded All- Big Ten honors and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004.
Gabe Watson (2002-2005)
Twice named All-Big Ten, he finished his career at Michigan with 94 tackles, 14.5 for loss and five sacks playing tackle.
Alan Branch (2004-2006)
Branch came up big on the biggest of stages in 2006 when he caught his first career interception for No. 2 Michigan against No. 1 Ohio State.
Lamar Woodley (2003-2006)
He was the anchor to the amazing 2005 defensive front that led Michigan to two Rose Bowls.
Brandon Graham (2005-2009)
The heart and soul of this season’s defense. In the year’s biggest win, Graham wrapped up 3.5 sacks against Notre Dame.
Larry Foote (2000-2001)
Enjoyed one of the best years of any Michigan linebacker. In one game against Iowa, he collected three sacks and a record seven tackles for loss.
Shawn Crable (2004-2007)
A two-time Second Team All-Big Ten player who anchored a strong defense in 2006 that started the season 11-0.
David Harris (2003-2006)
In his last two seasons playing in Michigan Stadium, he led the team in tackles and won the award for Michigan’s best linebacker in both seasons.
Corner: Marlin Jackson (2001-2004)
One of the best shut-down defenders at corner this decade, he made big plays, including two touchdown returns in his career.
Leon Hall (2003-2006)
He picked off more passes than any other player this decade at Michigan with 12 and broke up the most passes ever at Michigan, 43.
Ernest Shazor (2002-2004)
He led the team in tackles his senior year and intercepted two passes to become a finalist in the Jim Thorpe Award.
Jamar Adams (2004-2007)
His most productive season as in 2007, when he led the team in tackles, interceptions and pass break ups.
Stevie Breaston (2003-2006)
Owns the school record of five returns for touchdowns. He also ran for an unbelievable 3,592 return yards in his career at Michigan. That’s more than two miles, folks.
Garret Rivas (2003-2006)
Michigan’s all-time leading scorer, he connected for 64 field goals at a 78-percent rate.
Zoltan Mesko (2006-2009)
A finalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter), and a two-time All-Big Ten punter.