Michigan's 'All-Century' team: Best lineup since 2000

With a couple of more weeks left until talking season -- Big Ten media days -- we're scrambling for actual football discussion. So, to borrow an idea from our pals at the Pac-12 blog, we're putting together the "All-Century" teams for every Big Ten school.

These are the best lineups for each school consisting of players who have played since 2000. Next up: the Michigan Wolverines.


QB Chad Henne: Henne owns the school records for completions, passing yards and touchdowns and led the team to 32 wins.

RB: Chris Perry: He won the Doak Walker Award and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2003, when he ran for 1,674 yards and 18 touchdowns.

RB Mike Hart: He left Michigan as the school's all-time leading rusher (5,040 career yards) and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark three times.

WR Braylon Edwards: The 2004 Biletnikoff Award winner broke the Big Ten record with 39 career touchdowns and held most Wolverines receiving records when he graduated.

WR Jeremy Gallon: His 1,373 receiving yards in 2013 were the most in school history and his 369 receiving yards against Indiana were the second-most by an FBS player.

TE Bennie Joppru: He caught a ridiculous 53 passes in 2002 and had 85 catches for his career. We considered Devin Funchess here, too, but he didn't play much actual tight end by the close of his career. Jake Butt might surpass them both.

OL Jake Long: He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008, which tells you everything you need to know about the two-time Big Ten offensive lineman of the year.

OL Taylor Lewan: Another consecutive Big Ten offensive lineman of the year winner, Lewan was known for controversy and blocking the stuffing out of people.

OL David Baas: A co-winner of the 2004 Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center, Baas was named first-team All-Big Ten three times.

OL David Molk: The 2011 Rimington winner was a revered leader for the Wolverines.

OL Steve Hutchinson: He barely qualifies, as his last season was 2000, but the two-time All-American deserves a spot here.

AP Denard Robinson: Of course we had to save space for the guy who broke more records than we can count. Put him anywhere on the field and enjoy the show.


DL Brandon Graham: The first defensive player to be named team MVP twice, Graham was utterly dominant at defensive end, leading the nation with 26 tackles for loss in 2009.

DL LaMarr Woodley: The 2006 Lombardi and Ted Hendricks Award winner went on to become a Pro Bowl lineman in the NFL.

DL Gabe Watson: A two-time first-team All-Big Ten defensive tackle, Watson recorded 14.5 career tackles for loss.

DL Alan Branch: An ESPN All-American in 2006, Branch could play defensive end or tackle and went on to a successful pro career.

LB Larry Foote: The 2001 Big Ten defensive player of the year won two Super Bowl rings.

LB Shawn Crable: He recorded a ludicrous 28.5 tackles for loss and was a second-team All-American in 2007.

LB Jake Ryan: The two-time All-Big Ten performer finished with 44.5 career tackles for loss.

DB Leon Hall: A first-round pick in 2007, Hall left Michigan as the school's all-time leader in pass breakups (43)

DB Marlin Jackson: He was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior in 2004 and was a dominant cover corner.

DB Jourdan Lewis: He earned All-America recognition last year after breaking up 20 passes, and he came back for his senior season.

DB Ernest Shazor: He developed into an All-American safety, recording 10 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions his senior year.


P Zoltan Mesko: A two-time All-Big Ten first-team pick, he averaged 44.5 yards per punt as a senior.

K Garrett Rivas: He's Michigan's all-time points leader, which is saying something at that school.

KR Steve Breaston: His five career return touchdowns are the most in Michigan history and he owns the Big Ten record for career punt return yardage.