Michigan Wolverines Football
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.
OffenseQuarterback, 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.
Running backsChris 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 .
Wide receiversBraylon 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. .
Tight endBennie Joppru (2000-2002) In 2002, Joppru was named an Associated Press All-America for his 53 receptions and five touchdowns. .
Offensive LineLeft 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. .
DefenseDefensive Line: 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. .
LinebackersLarry 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. .
Defensive backsCorner: 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. .
SafetiesErnest 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. .
Special TeamsKick/Punt Returner 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. .
KickerGarret Rivas (2003-2006) Michigan’s all-time leading scorer, he connected for 64 field goals at a 78-percent rate. .
PunterZoltan Mesko (2006-2009) A finalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter), and a two-time All-Big Ten punter.
QuarterbackJon Kitna (2006-2008) Enjoyed two strong years in a pass-heavy offense that allowed him to stack up big stats.
Running backsJames Stewart (2000-2002) In three years for the Lions, he made 35 starts and lost just two fumbles. Kevin Smith (2004-2007) In 2004, the rookie from Virginia Tech put Detroit fans in awe as he ran for 1,133 yards, averaging nearly five yards a carry.
Wide receiversCalvin Johnson (2007-present) After all the Matt Millen first-round wide receiver picks, one finally made some sense. Johnson is an amazing athlete who makes big plays. Roy Williams (2004-2008) He caught 29 touchdown passes and was a vertical threat for the revolving door at the Lion’s quarterback position.
Tight endDavid Sloan (2000-2001) In two seasons at the beginning of the decade, Sloan caught more than 30 passes each year and helped Detroit make the decade’s lone playoff push.
Offensive lineJeff Backus (2001-Present) He’s been a starter his entire career, but he’s never been confused with a dominant left tackle, the game’s second-most important position. Dominic Raiola (2001-Present) A smart and sometimes sassy center who has anchored the line since his arrival. Gosder Cherilus (2008-Present) First-rounder in the 2008 draft, he has started 27 games in two years, but he’s still learning the right tackle position. Stockar McDougle (2000-2004) Although it took him a few years to earn a starting spot, he held it his last three seasons and didn’t miss a game the last two. Kurt Quarterman (2007-Present) Never heard of him? He’s been on the practice squad for three seasons, and anyone who can withstand that and keep going to work deserves some recognition.
Defensive LineRobert Porcher (2000-2003) Although most of his damage was done in the ’90s, he still was a sack threat this decade, and he made a Pro-Bowl appearance. Shaun Rogers (2001-2007) In 2004-05, Rogers represented Detroit in the Pro Bowl; his 350-pound body was a boulder in the middle. Cory Redding (2003-2008) He started 64 straight games in the middle of the decade for the Lions, and in 2006 finished with eight sacks and 39 tackles. Luther Ellis (2000-2003) A pro bowler in 2000, Ellis clogged the middle of the line in the early part of the decade
LinebackersBoss Bailey (2003-2007) Drafted in the second round from Georgia, Bailey piled up a career-high 88 tackles. Larry Foote (2009-present) The Detroit native was a free-agent splash last summer among fans who remember his prowess on the gridiron in the Public School League and later at the University of Michigan. Paris Lenon (2006-2008) In his three years playing at Ford Field, he never missed a game or a start, notching more than 100 tackles twice.
Corner backsDre Bly (2003-2006) A playmaker with 19 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles, he twice represented the Lions in the Pro Bowl. Chris Cash (2002-2004) In his rookie season, he led the team with tackles, at 100, and got his hands on two interceptions.
SafetiesLouis Delmas (2009-Present) Became the first rookie in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown, return a fumble for a score and record a safety in the same season. Kenoy Kennedy (2005-2007) Led the defense in tackles in his first season, and in each of his three years he snagged two interceptions..
KickerJason Hanson (2000-Present) The team’s most consistent offensive weapon, he has spent his entire decade with the Lions – and he deserves some kind of medal for that
PunterNick Harris (2003-Present) Consistently averaged more than 40 yards a punt, and possibly the Lions most overworked player of the decade.
ReturnerEddie Drummond (2002-2006) By far the most exciting player for many years as fans held their breath when he caught a punt or kick. A few steps and he was gone.
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