2000s All-Decade Team

All-Decade Team feature story:
Portraits of Greatness

The D3football.com All-Decade team of the 2000s encompasses the years 2000-2009. To be eligible, a player had to finish in that span or play the majority of his career then, three seasons.

Any player who met those criteria was considered on the basis of his full career, whether he started playing in 1997, such as R.J. Bowers of Grove City, or finished in 2010, such as Cecil Shorts of Mount Union.

Pos. First team
QB Greg Micheli, Mount Union
RB Nate Kmic, Mount Union
RB Justin Beaver, UW-Whitewater
WR Pierre Garcon, Norwich-Mount Union
WR Blake Elliott, St. John's
TE Michael Allan, Whitworth
T J.D. Sheldon, Augustana
G Derek Blanchard, Mount Union
C Josh Knox, Hardin-Simmons
G Josh Warner, Brockport State
T Blaine Westemeyer, Augustana

DE Bryan Robinson, Wesley
DT Adam Haas, Cortland State
DT Ryan Kleppe, UW-Whitewater
DE Jeremy Hood, St. John's
LB Jerimiah Janssen, St. Norbert
LB Jerrell Freeman, Mary Hardin-Baylor
LB Jermaine Taylor, Bridgewater (Va.)
CB Pete Ittersagen, Wheaton (Ill.)
S Kyle Hausler, Capital
S Josh Kubiak, Mary Hardin-Baylor
CB Clinton Tabb, Rowan

Special teams
RET Larry Beavers, Wesley
K Jeff Schebler, UW-Whitewater
P Alex Groh, Occidental


Second team
QB Brett Elliott, Linfield
RB R.J. Bowers, Grove City
RB Chuck Moore, Mount Union
WR Nate Jackson, Menlo
WR Cecil Shorts, Mount Union
TE Jeff Gibbs, Otterbein
T Brennan Fortune, St. John Fisher
G Mackenzie Hay, Augustana
C Eric Safran, Mount Union
G Adam Hernandez, Hardin-Simmons
T Jason Lewis, Mount Union

DE Andy Studebaker, Wheaton (Ill.)
DT Gerard Bryant, St. Lawrence
DT Brandon Tisdale, Wilmington
DE Steven Wilson, King's
LB Adrian Pynenberg, Wabash
LB Ron Swearingen, Capital
LB Kyle Follweiler, Wilkes
CB Tony Beckham, UW-Stout
S Matt Kostelnik, Mount Union
S Derrick Williams, Mary Hardin-Baylor
CB Chris Kern, Mount Union

Special teams
RET Pete Ittersagen, Wheaton (Ill.)
K Carlos Martinez, Buena Vista
P Kevin Soflkiancs, Baldwin-Wallace


Third team
QB Tom Arth, John Carroll
RB Mark Robinson, St. John Fisher
RB Tony Sutton, Wooster
WR Casey Allen, Linfield
WR Michael Coleman, Widener
TE Jon Lanouette, Wesley
T Max Sakellaris, UW-Whitewater
G Alex Bell, Hobart
C Josh Ostrue, St. Thomas
G Adam Grossman, Ithaca
T Jeff Oliver, Mary Hardin-Baylor

DE Jason Trusnik, Ohio Northern
DT Vince King, Wartburg
DT Matt Williamson, Mount Union
DE Jarrell Chandler, Salisbury
LB A.J. Raebel, UW-Whitewater
LB Preston Meyer, Mary Hardin-Baylor
LB Gene Lang, St. John Fisher
CB Alex Hansen, Hardin-Simmons
S Rocky Myers, Wesley
S Frank Pilato, Washington and Jefferson
CB Steve Stepnick, St. John Fisher

Special teams
RET Blake Elliott, St. John's
K Mike Clark, Augustana
P Scott Verhalen, East Texas Baptist


Fourth team
QB Chad Johnson, Pacific Lutheran
RB Tom Arcidiacono, Union
RB Phil Porta, Bethel
WR Jack Phelan, Hartwick
WR Jerheme Urban, Trinity (Texas)
TE Jon Branche, RPI
T Ben Knepper, UW-Stout
G Jon Stavast, Luther
C Thomas Anderson, Hardin-Simmons
G Brandon Bennett, Willamette
T Larry Kinnard, Mount Union

DE Matt Campbell, Mount Union
DT Pat Ryan, Benedictine
DT Nick Gunderson, St. John's
DE Marcus Ball, UW-Stout
LB Matt O'Bryant, Millsaps
LB Cam McCambridge, St. John's
LB Beau LaBore, St. John's
CB Will Galusha, Hardin-Simmons
S Aaron Lewis, Carnegie Mellon
S Brandon Carr, Bethel
CB Byron Westbrook, Salisbury

Special teams
RET Joshua Carter, Muhlenberg
K Scott Birkhofer, Linfield
P Cory Ohnesorge, Occidental
Blaine Westemeyer
Blaine Westemeyer
Clinton Tabb
Clinton Tabb
R.J. Bowers
R.J. Bowers
Matt Kostelnik
Matt Kostelnik
Michael Coleman
Michael Coleman
Alex Hansen
Alex Hansen
Byron Westbrook
Byron Westbrook

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
Live stats
7:00 PM
University of New England at Coast Guard
Live stats
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
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Aug. 31: All times Eastern
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Live stats
7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
Live stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live stats
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
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7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
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7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
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Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
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Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
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