The All Time College Football Team
Have you ever wondered what an all time college football team would look? I'm here to show you.
College football is the purest form of the game of football because, players are fighting to make it to the NFL. I am going to give you what my all time college football roster would look like.
QB: Tim Tebow, Florida 2006-2009: Tebow is one of the greatest leaders college football has ever seen and was the key to the Gators winning the 2008 National Championship. He also won the Heisman trophy in 2007. He recorded 145 total touchdowns in his collegiate career to go along with 12,233 total yards. The only other argument at the quarterback position is either Texas A&M’s, Johnny Manziel or USC’s, Matt Leinhart.
RB: Herschel Walker, Georgia 1980-1982: The 1982 Heisman trophy winner is the best running back to touch the grass of a college field. He scored 55 touchdowns in his 33 collegiate games and rushed for 5,259 yards. As a freshman he led the Bulldogs to the national championship while also, finishing third in the Heisman race. An absolute specimen of a player.
RB: Ricky Williams, Texas 1995-1998: Williams won a Heisman trophy in 1998, rushed for 6,279 yards but, his greatest moment in college was helping to break the Texas A&M Aggies, 31 game home winning streak as a freshman when he carried the rock for 163 yards. He shattered Tony Dorsett’s career rushing record, which stood for 22 years, on a 60 yard carry in his final college season with Dorsett on the sideline.
FB: Mike Alstott, Purdue 1992-1995: The A Train was not only the most dominant NFL fullback of all time but, was the most dominant in college. In his four year career at Purdue he totaled 4,710 scrimmage yards and 42 touchdowns.
WR: Randy Moss, Marshall 1996-1997: YOU GOT MOSSED! When there is an ESPN segment about how you abused defensive backs in your career you will find you way on this list. That aside, he recorded 55 total touchdowns and 3,529 receiving yards while finishing fourth in the Heisman race in ‘97 behind Woodson, Manning, and Leaf. While his collegiate career was short, it was amazing.
WR: Tim Brown, Notre Dame 1984-1987: Maybe its my Notre Dame bias but, probably not because, Brown was an absolute freak of nature. He came up with 16 touchdowns from scrimmage in his career, along with 2935 yards. He is one of 3 wide receivers to win the Heisman trophy when he won it in 1987.
TE: John Mackey, Syracuse 1960-1962: The Mackey award is given to the nations best tight end so, not having John Mackey as the tight end for the All Time team would be a crime. While Mackey’s numbers weren’t super impressive in his collegiate career he was super dominant and paved the way for all tight ends.
FLEX: Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State 1981-1984: In college, Rice once recorded 23 catches in a game and was three time All SWAC receiver when he recorded three consecutive years of 1,000 plus yards. In his career he had 4,851 yards and 50 total touchdowns.
OT: Orlando Pace, Ohio State 1994-1996: Pace won the ‘95 and ‘96 Lombardi Award for his leadership and in 1996 he won the Outland Trophy for his play as the best interior lineman. In Paces last two seasons at Ohio State he did not allow one sack. He also won the UPI Lineman of the Year Award in 1996.
OT: Jonathan Ogden, UCLA 1992-1995: A 6’9 monster that only allowed 2 sacks in the last two years of his career. He also won the Outland Trophy for his outstanding play in 1995. Ogdens tremendous 1995 continued when he won the Morris Trophy for the best lineman in the PAC-12 Conference which is voted on by players and the UPI Lineman of the Year award.
OG: John Hannah, Alabama 1970-1972: Bear Bryant once said that Hannah was the greatest lineman he ever coached. That’s unreal praise from one of the greatest coaches of all time. Hannah was a consensus All American and has been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.
OG: Steve Hutchinson, 1996-2000 Michigan: Hutchinson started for four seasons with the Wolverines and didn’t allow a sack in his final two seasons. He helped lead Michigan to a 1997 National Championship win while also being named an All American and was an Outland Trophy Finalist.
C: Dave Rimington, Nebraska 1979-1982: Possibly the easiest pick for this team. The real question is, what did Dave not do in his career? He is the only two time Outland Trophy winner when he won in ‘81 and ‘82. He also won the Lombardi Award, was Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year in 1982, Orange Bowl Player of the game in 1982, and got inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
OFFENSE HONORABLE MENTION: QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), QB Matt Leinhart (USC), RB Archie Griffin (Ohio State), RB Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State), G Jim Parker (Ohio State), WR Desmond Howard (Michigan), TE Ozzie Newsome (Ohio State), FB Red Grange (Illinois), WR Fred Biletnikoff (Florida State), QB Vince Young (Texas), OT Anthony Muñoz (USC)
DT: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska 2005-2009: In Suh’s career as a Corn Husker he was the nations most dominant interior defensive lineman. He tallied 215 tackles, 24 sacks, and 4 interceptions in his collegiate career and his senior year was fourth in Heisman voting.
DT: Warren Sapp, Miami 1992-1994: Sapp was kind of like Dave Rimington, what didn’t he do? Sapp ended his UM career with 176 tackles and 19.5 sacks, 10.5 of which were in one season. 1994 was a great year for him as he won the Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Bill Willis Award, Big East Defensive Player of the Year, and was an Outland Trophy finalist.
DE: Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech 1981-1984: During his time in Blacksburg, Smith earned the nickname “Sack Man”. He recorded 46 sacks in his career, 22 of which were in his junior year. He was a two time All American and won the Outland Trophy in 1984. He went onto be drafted number one overall by the Buffalo Bills.
DE: Reggie White, Tennessee 1980-1983: White is one of three Volunteers with his number retired and that is due to his ferocious pass rushing. He recorded 32 sacks in his career with 15 in his final season. He also, had 293 tackles through his time in Knoxville.
LB: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame 2009-2012: Possibly the best defensive player of the 2010’s deserves a spot on this team for recording 437 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 7 interceptions. His senior year he won a plethora of awards while finishing second in Heisman voting. He won the Lombardi Award, Walter Camp Award, Lott Trophy, Maxwell Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
LB: Tommy Nobis, Texas 1963-1965: According to Coach Darrell Royal, Nobis was the “finest two way player I have ever seen” as he started at guard and inside linebacker for the National Champion Texas Longhorns. He was the 1965 Maxwell Award winner, which is given to the best player in college. All though Nobis played before a tackle was an official stat, he averaged about 20 per game in his collegiate career.
LB: Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina 1977-1980: Taylor is one of the most dominant football players of all time at any level. Taylor only played during the ‘79-’80 season and in those two years he racked up 21 sacks and 192 tackles and in 1980 was the ACC MVP.
LB: LaVar Arrington, Penn State 1997-1999: Arrington nudges out fellow Nittany Lion, Jack Ham but, for good reason. Through Arrington’s career he finished ninth in Heisman voting and won the Chuck Bednarik, Lambert Award, and Dick Butkus Award. He immortalized his career by the “LaVar Leap” against Illinois, when, on 4th and short, he jumped over the offensive line and made the stop.
CB: Charles Woodson, Michigan 1995-1997: The only defensive player to win the Heisman trophy and he won it over legends like Randy Moss and Peyton Manning. Woodson was instrumental on a Michigan team that won the 1997 National Championship. He ended his career with 16 interceptions and 30 pass break ups.
CB: Deion Sanders, Florida State 1985-1988: If you Googled what a Jack of all trades is you would probably find Sanders name. He was lighting fast and oozed confidence. He was the 1988 Jim Thorpe Award recipient and ended is Seminole career with 14 interceptions and 1,429 return yards to go with 6 total touchdowns.
S: Jack Tatum, Ohio State 1968-1970: One of the scariest players to grace a field. Tatum was a leader when stepped on campus in Columbus leading the Buckeyes to a National Championship win in 1968 as a freshman. in 1970 he was the National Defensive Player of the Year and was close to winning the Heisman Trophy.
S: Eric Berry, Tennessee 2007-2009: A two time All American, 2009 Jack Tatum Award recipient and the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner tallied 245 tackles and 14 interceptions in his tremendous career as a Volunteer. In his sophomore year he was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as well which is a huge honor when playing in the nations most competitive conference.
DEFENSE HONORABLE MENTION: S Ronnie Lott (USC), LB Dick Butkus (Illinois), DE Hugh Greene (Pittsburgh), DT Randy White (Maryland), DT Joe Greene (North Texas), LB Jack Ham (Penn State), LB Derrick Thomas (Alabama), DT Merlin Olsen (Utah State), CB Rod Woodson (Purdue), DE Julius Peppers (North Carolina)