In honor of 22 days to kickoff I had an idea to name the 22 all-time starters I've ever seen. These lists are dumb, but I find them fun to put together. Tried to avoid M bias but that's damn tough, obviously.
Let me know what you think and submit your own. Or don't, I'm not the police.
QB: Tommie Frazier (NUred) - Seemingly unstoppable and seemingly changed every game he was in. Eddie George is holding his Heisman for him. Consecutive national champion
RB: Barry Sanders (OkS) - The greatest college runningback of all time, hands down.
OW: Denard Robinson (M) - Obviously a biased pick. But he was damn fun to watch and a great kid.
TE: Mercedes Lewis (UCLA) - TD machine. ~2000 yards and 22TDs. Go-to weapon for his time in pasadena
LT: Orlando Pace (tOSU) - Legit tie for the most dominant OL I've ever watched with Jake Long. Just unreal.
RT: Jake Long (M) - Larger than life, literally. Shocking this era of M has 0 MNCs to show for it with how good he made the entire line.
LG: Steve Hutchinson (M) - Converted DL turned into an AA and 1st rd pick. '97 NC team.
RG: Chance Warmack (ALA) - Just a mauler. Three BCS titles in four years. Unanimous AA '12.
C:Barret Jones (ALA) - Staple of the Alabama OL during the renaissance under Saban. Played almost every position along the line. 2 time AA. played the 2012 BCS NCG with 2 torn ligaments and a lisfranc injury and still manhandled Louis Nix.
WR: Braylon Edwards (M) - If you saw the 2004 Michigan State game this makes perfect sense.
WR: Michael Crabtree (TTU) - Him and Graham Harrell had Texas Tech at #2 for a spell. that play against UT to win it....wow.
DE: Brandon Graham (M)- His hit on Glenn Winston. The fact that he was the only bright spot on the '08 defense. All Time Sacks leader
DE: Terrell Suggs (ASU)- 2002 statline: 24 Sacks, 31.5 TFL, 6 FF. Just a legendary season.
DT: Ndamakong Suh (NUred) - Should have won the Heisman his last year at Nebraska. As a DT. Unreal.
DT: Glenn Dorsey (LSU) - Lott, Nagurski, Lombardi, Outland awards, SEC DPOY, SEC champ, BCS champ,
LB: Derrick Johnson (UT) - Big play machine. First round pick, dominant player appeared to cause a fumble every time he made a hit.
LB: Dat Nguyen (ATM)- Led ATM in tackles 4 straight years, Averaged 10.5 tackles per game, 1995 SWC Newcomer of the year, 95-98 First team all B12. Bednarik, Lombardi, Lambert awards, AA, B12 DPOY
LB: Lavar Arrington (PSU) - A guy who you can boil down a single play to define how terrifying he was. 1998 PSU v. Illinois. HE LEAPED OVER THE LINE AND TACKLED THE FB IN THE BACKFIELD ON 4TH AND 1. 2X First team AA, 2X first team All B1G, butkis, lambert, bednarik awards
CB: Marcus Trufant (WSU) - No one scored a touchdown against him his last two years at WSU. Unremarkable teams (except for the 2003 team which lost the rose bowl). Four year starter. I just remember him being a very flashy player and he's always stuck wtih me.
CB: Charles Woodson (M) - He did everything you can do at the college level. Its more impressive than you remember, trust me and even though this is a college only list: his NFL career just might be MORE impressive if that's even possible.
S: Eric Berry (UTn) - Thrope award, 2x Tatum award, 2x Unanimous AA, 2X 1st team All SEC, SEC DPOY. JUST BEAT CANCER TO RETURN TO FOOTBALL.
S: Roy Williams (OU) - Unanimous AA, 2X All B12, Nagurski, Thorpe, Tatum. Legendary performance in the RRR.
Maybe I'm kitschy, but I like Todd's Taste of the Town on ESPN football broadcasts.
1. Does anyone know where there is a list of these? I was thinking about making a Google map of them for posterity and to give me starting points for places to visit when I go to road games.
2. Has he done one in Ann Arbor (if so where)?
3. For the benefit of non-UM alums on the board, what are your nominations for Ann Arbor Tastes of the Town? I suggest the Mongolian grill and Cottage Inn (although I went there on Saturday and was disappointed, something must have changed from the last time I went there ten years ago).
4. Apparently Cottage Inn is favored by stoners: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/aaa/425529349.html