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  • The top 25 college football defensive units over the past decade

    I have only been really paying attention to college football since 1997, so the time span I am looking at is between 1997 and 2011, so a little more than a decade.

    This is what I could think of in terms of the best defensive units I have seen in that time span. Overall defensive depth, talent level and on the field performance was taken into consideration. And yes if a team stock pile four or five future NFL players at one position, yes that was a major factor in the rankings as well.


    Enjoy.

    *Ongoing editing ;o) Now updated to the top 65






    1) 2001

    DE J. McDougle
    DT V. Wilfork, M. Waters
    DT W. Joseph, O. Harris
    DE A. Williams, T. Carroll
    OLB DJ Williams, L. Williams
    ILB J. Vilma
    OLB H. Clark, R. McIntosh
    CB P. Buchanon, A. Rolle
    CB M .Rumph, K. Jennings
    SS E. Reed, M. Sikes
    FS S. Taylor





    2) 2007

    DE C. Matthews, K. Moore
    DT S. Ellis
    DT F. Moala, A. Spicer
    DE L. Jackson, E. Griffen
    OLB B. Cushing, T. Williams
    ILB R. Maualuga, C. Gailippo
    OLB K. Rivers, K. Maiava, M. Morgan
    CB C. Harris, K. Thomas
    CB T. Thomas, J. Pinkard
    SS K. Ellison, W. Harris
    FS T. Mays, McCurtis





    3) 1997

    DE J. Hall
    DT J. Williams
    DT R. Renes
    DE G. Steele
    OLB D. Jones
    ILB S. Sword
    OLB I. Gold
    CB C. Woodson
    CB A. Weathers, J. Whitely
    SS T. Hendricks
    FS M .Ray





    4) 2011

    DE J. Williams, Q. Dial
    NT Josh Chapman
    DE D. Square, E. Stinson
    OLB C. Upshaw
    ILB D. Hightower, N. Johnson
    ILB CJ Mosley, T. Depriest
    OLB J. Harris, A. Hubbard
    CB Dre Kirkpatrick
    CB D. Milliner, D. Menzie
    SS M. Barron
    FS R. Lester








    5) 2004

    DE M. Spears, M. Oliver, T. Johnson
    DT K. Williams, C. Wroten
    DT G. Dorsey, M. Favorite
    DE C. Pittman, T. Jackson
    OLB A. Highsmith
    ILB L. Turner, L. Sanders
    OLB C. Vaughn
    CB C. Webster, J. Zenon
    CB T. Daniels, Prude Jr, C. Jackson
    SS L .Landry, C. Taylor
    FS J. Daniels, C. Steltz





    6) 2011

    DE K. Adams, B. Mingo
    DT B. Logan, J. Downs
    DT M. Brockers, A. Johnson
    DE S. Montgomery, L. Edwards
    OLB R. Baker
    ILB K. Minter
    OLB S. Francois
    CB M. Claiborne, R. Brooks
    CB T. Mathieu, T. Simon
    SS E. Reid, C. Loston
    FS B. Taylor





    7) 1998

    DE R. Bailey
    DT Collins
    DT Pickett
    DE J. Cotton
    OLB N. Diggs
    ILB Katzenmoyer
    OLB J. Cooper
    CB Winfield, D. Ross
    CB Plummer, N. Clements
    SS Berry
    FS D. Moore





    8 ) 2002

    DE W. Smith, S. Fraser, Kudla
    DT D. Scott, Pitcock
    DT T. Anderson, M. Green
    DE K. Peterson, J. Richardson
    OLB B. Carpenter, Hawk
    ILB Wihelm, M. D'Andrea
    OLB C. Grant, R. Reynolds
    CB C. Gamble
    CB D. Fox, Underwood
    SS Doss, T. Everett
    FS W. Allen, Nickey, Salley





    9) 1997

    DE D. Warren, Seymour
    DT C. Simon
    DT L. Smith, J. Johnson
    DE G. Spiers, J. Reynolds
    OLB Polley
    ILB S. Cowart, B. Jennings
    OLB B. Allen
    CB S. Rolle
    CB T. Cody, C. Thomas
    SS D. Gibson
    FS D. Jackson, S. Key





    10) 1999

    DE C. Brown
    DT A. Adams
    DT J. Kennedy
    DE J. Kurpeikis, M. Haynes
    OLB L. Arrington
    ILB B. Short
    OLB M. Morrison
    CB D. Macklin
    CB B. Jue
    SS J. Boyd
    FS D. Fox





    11) 2009

    DE M. Dareus
    DT T. Cody, Chapman
    DE Deaderick, L. Washington
    OLB C. Reamer
    ILB R. McClain
    ILB N. Johnson, D. Hightower
    OLB E. Anders, Upshaw
    CB K. Jackson, M. Johnson
    CB J. Arenas
    SS R. Green
    FS J Woodall





    12) 1999

    DE Overstreet, O. Hand
    DT J. Henderson, R. Moore
    DT D. Walker, A. Haynesworth
    DE S. Ellis
    OLB R. Thompson, K. Whiteside
    ILB D. Stevenson, E. Moore
    OLB E. Westmoreland
    CB A. Lott
    CB D. Goodrich
    SS T. Gaines
    FS D. Grant





    13) 2006

    DE Harvey, Estopinan
    DT M .Thomas, J. Cohen
    DT R. McDonald, S. Harris
    DE J. Moss, J. Cunningham
    OLB B. Spikes, R. Stamper
    ILB B. Siler
    OLB E. Everett
    CB R. Lewis
    CB R. Smith
    SS R. Nelson
    FS T. Joiner, K. Jackson





    14) 1997

    DE G. Winstrom
    DT J. Peters
    DT J. Wiltz, C. Warren
    DE M. Rucker, Vanden Bosch
    OLB T. Ortiz
    ILB J. Foreman
    OLB C. Polk
    CB R. Brown
    CB E. Swiney, J. Walker
    SS M .Brown
    FS E. Warfield, B. Harrison





    15) 2008

    DE Gibson, L. Wilson
    DT Denlinger, R. Rose
    DT Larimore, Worthington
    DE Heyward
    OLB M. Freeman, B. Rolle
    ILB Laurinaitis, A. Spitler
    OLB R. Homan, C. Terry, Moeller
    CB M. Jenkins, Chekwa
    CB D. Washington, D. Torrence
    SS K. Coleman, J. Hines
    FS A. Russell, J. O'Neal





    16) 2002

    DE K. Udeze
    DT S. Cody, M. Wright
    DT M. Patterson
    DE O. Nazel, F. Rucker
    OLB M. Grootegoed, D. Sartz
    ILB L. Tatupu
    OLB M. Simmons, O. Lua
    CB J. Wyatt
    CB M. Allmond, R. Nunn
    SS T. Polamalu
    FS D. Bing, J. Leach





    17) 1997

    DE T. Beauchamp, T. Bullard
    DT E. Chester, B. Gurley
    DT R. McGrew, A. Mitchell
    DE D. Chambers, W. Cohens
    OLB J. Kearse
    ILB M. Peterson, T. Sims
    OLB Rutledge
    CB F. Weary
    CB E. Williams
    SS T. George, R. Graddy
    FS T. Brown, M. Manuel





    18 ) 2003

    DE J. Ratliff
    DT S. Johnson
    DT D. McNeil
    DE R. Torbor
    OLB K. Dansby, A. Williams
    ILB D. Thomas
    OLB T. Williams
    CB C. Rogers,
    CB M. Pitts, G. Williams
    SS W. Herring
    FS J. Rosegreen





    19) 1999

    DE C. Moore
    DT C. Bradley
    DT D. Pugh
    DE J. Engelberger
    OLB B. Taylor, M. Hawkes
    ILB J. Houseright
    OLB J. Smith
    CB I. Charlton
    CB A. Midget
    SS R. Whitaker, C. Bird
    FS W. Pile





    20) 2009

    DE B. Turner
    DT N. Suh
    DT J. Crick, Steinkuhler
    DE P. Allen
    OLB P. Dillard
    ILB W. Compton
    OLB S. Fisher
    CB Amukamara
    CB Dennard, Gomes
    SS Asante
    FS O'Hanlon, Hagg






    21) 2002

    DE D. Cody
    DT D. Dvoracek
    DT T. Harris, K. Klein
    DE J. Wilkerson
    OLB T. Lehman
    ILB L .Mitchell
    OLB C. Ingram
    CB D. Strait, A. Perkins
    CB A. Woolfolk
    SS B. Pool
    FS B. Everage





    22) 2004

    DE K. Wimbley
    DT B. Bunkley
    DT Fluellen
    DE C. Davis
    OLB E. Sims
    ILB B. Davis
    OLB AJ. Nicholson, Timmons
    CB A. Cromartie, L. Smith
    CB B. McFadden, T. Carter
    SS J. Carter
    FS P. Watkins





    23) 2005

    DE D. Tapp O. Martin
    DT J. Lewis
    DT C. Powell
    DE C. Ellis Burchette
    OLB X. Adibi
    ILB V. Hall
    OLB J. Anderson
    CB J. Williams, V. Harris
    CB B. Flowers
    SS A. Rouse, D. Parker
    FS J. Hamilton





    24) 2013

    DE M. Edwards
    DT T. Jernigan, McDaniel
    DT A. McCloud
    DE Casher, Hicks
    OLB Telvin Smith, Northrup
    ILB Christian Jones
    OLB N. Andrews, Terrance Smith
    CB L. Joyner, R. Darby
    CB PJ Williams, Waisome
    SS J. Ramsey
    FS T. Brooks





    25) 1998

    DE D. Howard
    DT D. McIntosh
    DT A. Rowe
    DE J. Clements, C. Johnson
    OLB M. Simoneau
    ILB J. Kelly
    OLB T. Ochs, B. Leber
    CB G. Neasman
    CB D. Carter, J. Butler
    SS J. Cooper
    FS L. Chapman, C. Scott





    Just missed the cut...................

    26) *Penn State 2005
    DE Hali
    DT Alford
    DT J. Shaw, E. Johnson
    DE J. Gaines
    OLB Connor, Hull
    ILB P. Posluszny, T. Shaw, S. Lee
    OLB T. Shaw, Sales
    CB A. Zemaitis, J. King
    CB A. Phillips
    SS C. Lowry, Scirrotto
    FS McCready, T. Davis


    27) *Michigan Wolverines 2006
    DE Woodley, T. Jamison
    DT Branch
    DT T. Taylor
    DE Biggs, B. Graham
    OLB S. Crable, C. Graham
    ILB D. Harris
    OLB P. Burgess
    CB L. Hall
    CB M. Trent
    SS Adams, R. Mundy
    FS Englemon, Barringer 



    28 ) *Florida Gators 2000
    DE A. Brown, B. McCray
    DT G. Warren
    DT D. Chambers, B. Gurley
    DE LaFavor, T Bullard
    OLB M. Nattiel, T. Carroll
    ILB A. Davis
    OLB B. Hardmon
    CB L. Sheppard
    CB B. Alexander, R. Cromartie
    SS M. Manuel, L. Norwood
    FS T. Johnson, D. Dixon




    29) *Iowa Hawkeyes 2003
    DE M. Roth, H. Hodges
    DT Clauss
    DT J. Babineaux
    DE Iwebema, Mattision
    OLB E. Miles, Humpal
    ILB A. Hodge, Klinkenborg
    OLB C. Greenway
    CB J. Johnson
    CB A. Allen
    SS B. Sanders, S. Considine
    FS Paschal, Merrick


    30) *Oklahoma 2007
    DE English
    DT G. McCoy
    DT D. Granger, A. Taylor
    DE J. Beal, F. Alexander
    OLB L. Baker
    ILB C. Lofton
    OLB D. Pleasant, T. Lewis
    CB R. Smith, L. Holmes
    CB M. Walker, B. Jackson, Franks
    SS N. Harris, Q. Carter
    FS DJ. Wofle


    31) *Alabama 2005
    DE W. Gilberry, E. Knight
    DT B. Greenwood
    DT J. Clark, D. Lee
    DE M. Anderson
    OLB D. Ryans
    ILB F. Roach, P. Hall
    OLB J. Simpson
    CB S. Castille, R. Robinson
    CB C. Peprah, A. Madison
    SS R. Harper
    FS J. Dukes, R. Johnson


    32) *Texas 2009
    DE S. Kindle
    DT L. Houston
    DT Randall
    DE Acho
    OLB K. Robinson
    ILB Muckelroy
    OLB J. Norton
    CB Ch. Brown, Cu. Brown
    CB A. Williams, D. Beasley
    SS E. Thomas
    FS Gideon, N. Brewster


    33) *Texas 2000
    DE Redding
    DT Hampton
    DT S. Rogers, M. Tubbs
    DE Pittman
    OLB T. Jones
    ILB D. Lewis
    OLB Rawls
    CB Q. Jammer, N. Vasher
    CB R. Babers, A. Brooks
    SS J. Walker
    FS C. Brown, D. Pearson


    34) *Michigan State 1999
    DE R. Smith
    DT D. Bernard
    DT D. Thomas
    DE J. Hendricks
    OLB J. Peterson
    ILB TJ. Turner
    OLB J. Thornhill
    CB A. Cambell, B. Nelson
    CB R. Hill, C. Henry
    SS T. Wright
    FS R. Newsome


    35) *Illinois 2007
    DE D. Walker, Pilcher
    DT C. Norwell
    DT Lindquist
    DE W. Davis
    OLB A. Steele
    ILB J. Leman
    OLB B. Miller
    CB V. Davis
    CB A. Ball, D. Hicks
    SS K. Mitchell
    FS J. Sanders, J. Harrison


    36) *Alabama 1999
    DE King
    DT C. Griffin
    DT R. Grimes K. Smith
    DE Moorhead
    OLB M. Merritt
    ILB S. Rasheed
    OLB D. Gilbert
    CB T. Dixon
    CB M. Lewis
    SS Spencer
    FS R. Myles


    37) *Texas A&M 1998
    DE R. Bernard
    DT R. Edwards
    DE Flemons
    OLB C. Anthony
    ILB D. Nguyen
    ILB J. Glenn
    OLB W. Holdman
    CB J. Webster
    CB S. Curry
    SS M. Jameson
    FS R. Coady


    38 ) *Georgia 1998
    DE D. Evans
    DT Seymour
    DT Stroud,
    DE Luckie
    OLB W. Witherspoon, O. Grant
    ILB K. Bell
    OLB B. Bailey
    CB C. Bailey
    CB J. Henderson
    SS J. Phillips
    FS Chambers


    39) *Miss State 2000
    DE E. Wyms
    DT W. Blade
    DT D. Davis, T. Golliday
    DE C. Stephens
    OLB J. Clark
    ILB M. Haggan
    OLB R. Knight
    CB F. Smoot
    CB S. Byrdsong, E. Clinton
    SS P. Prather
    FS J. Morgan


    40) *Iowa 2008
    DE A. Clayborn
    DT M. King, Klug
    DT M. Kroul
    DE C. Ballard, B. Binns
    OLB AJ. Edds
    ILB P. Angerer, J. Coleman
    OLB J. Hunter
    CB B. Fletcher
    CB A. Spievey
    SS T. Sash
    FS B. Greenwood


    41) *Wake Forest 2006
    DE M. Robinson
    DT B. Robinson
    DT J. Smith
    DE J. Thompson
    OLB A. Curry
    ILB Abbate
    OLB S .Arnoux
    CB A. Smith, B. Ghee
    CB R. Swanson
    SS P. Ghee, C. Vaughn
    FS Gattis


    42) *South Florida 2007
    DE G. Selvie
    DT T. McClain
    DT A. Harris
    DE Buie
    OLB T. McKenzie
    ILB B. Moffitt
    OLB Momperimer
    CB M. Jenkins
    CB T. Williams, J. Murphy
    SS N. Allen, L. Gachette
    FS C. Williams


    43) *Kansas State 2001
    DE C. Coffman
    DT T. Reese
    DT R. Berry
    DE Shull, B. Hickman
    OLB B. Leber
    ILB T. Pierce, T. Sims
    OLB J. Buhl
    CB T. Newman
    CB D. Faggins
    SS J. McGraw
    FS R. Washington, M. Proctor



    44) *UNC 2009
    DE R. Quinn, Q. Coples
    DT M. Austin
    DT C. Thomas, T. Powell
    DE EJ. Wilson, M. McAdoo
    OLB B. Carter
    ILB Q. Sturdivant
    OLB Z. Brown
    CB K. Burney
    CB C. Brown
    SS M. Williams, M. Merletti
    FS D. Williams, D. Searcy


    45) *UCLA 2001
    DE K. Coleman
    DT R. Leisle
    DT Fletcher
    DE D. Ball, M. Ball
    OLB B. Chillar
    ILB R. Thomas, M. Reese
    OLB S. Havner, R. Nece
    CB M. Ware, M. Cassell
    CB R. Manning, J. Hunter
    SS M. Anderson
    FS B. Emanuel


    46) *LSU 1999
    DE J. Green
    DT K. Allen
    DT J. Mitchell
    DE K. Mitchell
    OLB B. James
    ILB T. Faulk
    OLB C. Smith
    CB M. Roman
    CB F. Booker, D. Hookfin
    SS C. LeBlanc
    FS R. Clark, D. James


    47) *West Virginia 1997
    DE Kevin Landolt
    DT Henry Slay
    DT John Thornton
    DE Greg Robinette, Ryan Price
    OLB Gary Stills
    ILB Steve Lippe
    OLB Damon Cogdell
    CB Charles Fisher
    CB Perlo Bastien, Gary Tompkins
    SS Barrett Green
    FS Nate Terry


    48 ) *Miami Hurricanes 2006
    DE B. Atkins, B. Pata
    DT A. Dixon
    DT K. Brown
    DE C. Campbell. V. Franklin
    OLB J. Beason, C. McCarthy
    ILB G. Cook
    OLB T. Gooden, R. Davis
    CB B. Johnson
    CB G. Sharpe, R. Phillips
    SS B. Meriweather, A. Reddick
    FS K. Phillips, W. Cooper


    49) *NC State 2005
    DE M. Williams, L. Wright
    DT D. Pressley, A. Cash
    DT J. McCargo, D. Tyler
    DE M. Lawson, W. Young
    OLB S. Tulloch
    ILB O. Hoyte
    OLB P. Lowery
    CB AJ Davis
    CB M. Hudson
    SS G. Heath
    FS L. Rumph, D. Morgan


    50) *Notre Dame 2003
    DE Tuck
    DT C. Hilliard, D. Landri
    DT T. Laws
    DE V. Abiamiri, D. Stephenson
    OLB M. Goolsby
    ILB B. Hoyte
    OLB D. Curry, C. Watson
    CB A. Wooden
    CB V. Duff
    SS Zbikowski
    FS G. Earl


    51) *Arizona 1998
    DE Tafoya, K. Fraser
    DT D. Greer
    DT I. Haroon
    DE M. Robertson
    OLB D. Polk
    ILB M. Bell
    OLB Sprotte A. Pierce
    CB C. McAllister
    CB K. Hunter
    SS G. Payne
    FS R. Jones


    52) *Louisville 2004
    DE E. Dumervil
    DT Okoye, Graddy
    DT M. Stanley
    DE M. Jones
    OLB B. Johnson
    ILB R. McCune, L. Myles
    OLB M. Jackson, J. Jackerson
    CB R. Council, A. Sharp
    CB W. Gaay, G. Smart
    SS K. Rhodes
    FS B. Sharp


    53) *Purdue 2003
    DE S. Phillips
    DT C. Terrill
    DT B. Villarreal
    DE R. Edwards, E. Bright
    OLB L. Johnson
    ILB Koutouvides, G. Hall
    OLB G. Gardner, S. Keglar
    CB J. Reeves
    CB A. Rogers
    SS B. Pollard
    FS S. Schweigert


    54) *UNC 2001
    DE J. Peppers
    DT R. Sims
    DT E. Davis
    DE J. Evans, J. Dumas
    OLB D. Thornton
    ILB Q. Monk
    OLB S. Williams
    CB E. Hood
    CB M. Waddell
    SS D. Reid
    FS D. Coleman


    55) *TCU 2007
    DE T. Blake, J. Hughes
    DT Christopher
    DT J. Vess
    DE C. Ortiz
    OLB J. Phillips
    ILB D. Hawthorne
    OLB R. Henson, D. Washington
    CB R. Priest
    CB N. Sanders
    SS S. Hodge
    FS D. Roach, B. Bonner


    56) *Washington State 2002
    DE I. Brown
    DT R. Long
    DT Tupai
    DE Acholonu
    OLB K. Sperry
    ILB W. Derting
    OLB P. Bennett
    CB M. Trufant
    CB K. Paymah, J. David
    SS E. Coleman
    FS H. Abdullah


    57) *Wisconsin 2000
    DE Welsh
    DT W. Bryant
    DT Sprague
    DE E. James
    OLB R. Knight
    ILB N. Griesen
    OLB J. Mack
    CB J. Fletcher
    CB M. Echols, BJ Tucker
    SS B. Brown
    FS J. Doering


    58 ) *Cal 2006
    DE Ma'afala
    DT Mebane
    DT T. Alualu
    DE Tafisi
    OLB A. Felder
    ILB D. Bishop
    OLB W. Williams, Z. Follett
    CB D. Hughes
    CB T. Mixon
    SS B. Hicks
    FS T. DeCoud


    59) *Tennessee 2008
    DE R. Ayers
    DT D. Williams
    DT D. Bolden
    DE W. Brown, B. Martin
    OLB R. McCoy
    ILB Myers-White
    OLB L. Thompson
    CB D. Willingham
    CB M. Johnson
    SS E. Berry
    FS D. Morley, A. Gaines


    60) *Georgia Tech 2006
    DE M. Johnson
    DT J. Anoai, D. Robertson
    DT D. Richard, V. Walker
    DE A. Oliver
    OLB K. Hall
    ILB P. Wheeler
    OLB G. Guyton
    CB K. Scott, A. Roberson
    CB Word-Daniels
    SS J. Lewis
    FS D. Jones


    61) *Virginia 2005
    DE C. Canty
    DT A. Hoffman
    DE C. Long
    OLB Blackstock
    ILB A. Brooks, J. Cooper
    ILB K. Parham, J. Dias
    OLB C. Sintim
    CB M .Hamilton
    CB T. Franklin
    SS M. Weeks
    FS J. Hardy


    62) *Utah 2008
    DE P. Kruger
    DT Talamaivao
    DT Filiaga
    DE K. Misi
    OLB Sylvester
    ILB M. Wright
    OLB Fotu
    CB S. Smith
    CB B. McCain, R, Stanford
    SS J. Dale
    FS R. Johnson



    63) *Kansas 2005
    DE C. Keith
    DT C. Blakesley
    DT J. McClinton
    DE J. Wheeler
    OLB J. Mortensen, B. Perkins
    ILB N. Reid
    OLB M. Rivera, J. Holt
    CB A. Talib
    CB C. Gordon
    SS J. Kemp
    FS D. Stuckey, J. Thornton


    64) *Oregon State 2006
    DE D. Smith
    DT Silvira
    DT W. Vea
    DE Van Orsow
    OLB D. Doggett
    ILB A. Darlin, K. Kristick
    OLB LaRocque
    CB B. Hughes, J. Dockery
    CB K. Lewis
    SS S. Piscitelli
    FS Afalava


    65) *Oregon 2007
    DE N. Reed
    DT R. Harris
    DT Linehan
    DE Tukuafu
    OLB Paysinger, Matthews
    ILB Bacon
    OLB Tuitele
    CB Byrd, Glasper
    CB Thurmond
    SS Chung
    FS T. Ward




    *Note the rosters are as exact as I could get, it is quite hard however to find a up to date and accurate roster from the late 90's
    Last edited by Ozzy; 08-06-2014, 10:54 AM.

  • bullg8rdaddy
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    Originally posted by Ozzy View Post
    There is no way the 2009 Florida defense would be over the 2006 Florida defense. That defensive line was so far better than the one in 09, Harvey was a monster off the edge, those tackles were flat out sick and crazy deep, Marcus Thomas was an animal, and McDonald was good from his freshman year on. Much less Moss at the other edge rushing the passer.

    Had much better linebackers as well, Siler was a great inside guy, Spikes was still on that team and Everett was big time on the outside. Yes they had better defensive backs possibly, Haden is better than those two corners, but Ryan Smith did had a star year and intercepted a lot of balls and made a lot of plays. And Black is a great safety, but Reggie Nelson on Florida was absolutely elite, he was all over the field and I would rank him over Black or Wright.

    Thus the 06 defense in my book, the defensive line was not even close, 06 wins that, the linebackers 06 wins that again pretty easy. Defensive backs is close but slight edge to 09, but not by much. Thus that is why I put the 06 defense on there.


    The statistics you speak off, ok sure but the difference in those stats are so small, and cannot easily compare statistics over in my opinion because a lot has to do with what kind of competition. All I know is in terms of players in college, I would take that front 7 in 06 over the front 7 in 09 any day of the week by far.
    Strongly disagree.

    As a defensive unit, 2009 was better. Individual talent wise 2006 was better.

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  • YAYareaRB
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    I liked the national championships LSU D. A boat load of talent on that team altogether though

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  • Ozzy
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    bullg8rdaddy I'd argue that 2009 Gator Defense was better then 2006. Also would add 2008 into the discussion as well.

    There is no way the 2009 Florida defense would be over the 2006 Florida defense. That defensive line was so far better than the one in 09, Harvey was a monster off the edge, those tackles were flat out sick and crazy deep, Marcus Thomas was an animal, and McDonald was good from his freshman year on. Much less Moss at the other edge rushing the passer.

    Had much better linebackers as well, Siler was a great inside guy, Spikes was still on that team and Everett was big time on the outside. Yes they had better defensive backs possibly, Haden is better than those two corners, but Ryan Smith did had a star year and intercepted a lot of balls and made a lot of plays. And Black is a great safety, but Reggie Nelson on Florida was absolutely elite, he was all over the field and I would rank him over Black or Wright.

    Thus the 06 defense in my book, the defensive line was not even close, 06 wins that, the linebackers 06 wins that again pretty easy. Defensive backs is close but slight edge to 09, but not by much. Thus that is why I put the 06 defense on there.


    The statistics you speak off, ok sure but the difference in those stats are so small, and cannot easily compare statistics over in my opinion because a lot has to do with what kind of competition. All I know is in terms of players in college, I would take that front 7 in 06 over the front 7 in 09 any day of the week by far.
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  • bullg8rdaddy
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    I'd argue that 2009 Gator Defense was better then 2006. Also would add 2008 into the discussion as well.



    2009 Florida:

    gave up less total points (174) than '06 (189) and '08(181).
    gave up less total yards per game (252.6) than '06 (255.4) and '08 (285.3)
    gave up less 1st downs (208) than '06 (216) and '08 (234)
    gave up only 16 TDs by opposing offenses in 14 games
    had 20 INTs compared to '06 (21) and '08 (26)
    had 6 (not including Janoris Jenkins) draft picks compared to '06 with 8 picks


    LE Carlos Dunlap (2010 2d Rd)
    DT Omar Hunter (current RS Junior)
    DT Terron Sanders (2011 undrafted rookie signed with Baltimore)
    RE Jermaine Cunningham (2010 2nd Rd)
    LOLB A.J. Jones (2011 undrafted rookie signed with Denver)
    MLB Brandon Spikes (2010 2nd Rd)
    ROLB Ryan Stamper (2010 undrafted rookie signed with Detroit)
    LCB Joe Haden (2010 1st Rd)
    RCB Janoris Jenkins (current Senior @ North Alabama)
    SS Ahmad Black (2011 4th Rd)
    FS Major Wright (2010 3rd Rd)




    2008 Florida:

    LE Justin Trattou
    DT Lawrence Marsh
    DT Terron Sanders
    RE Jermaine Cunnigham
    LOLB A.J. Jones
    MLB Brandon Spikes
    ROLB Ryan Stamper
    LCB Joe Haden
    RCB Janoris Jenkins
    SS Ahmad Black
    FS Major Wright
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  • Ozzy
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    A few more additions that I made, many of these schools are already on the list. And changed a few other things, moved up Nebraska 1998 and moved down some other units.


    Very impressive defense, Sheppard was a flat out star at corner, Alexander and one hell of a senior season as well. Davis was in the middle and played great, Nattiel gave speed at outside linebacker. Manuel and Johnson were outstanding safeties as well. The defense line was strong in the middle with Warren and had Alex Brown on the outside defensive end, he easily had the best game I have ever seen from a defensive end when he played Tennessee at the Swamp. I have them just crack the top 25, I think they were that good.

    2000 Florida Gators
    DE A. Brown, B. McCray
    DT G. Warren
    DT D. Chambers, B. Gurley
    DE LaFavor, T Bullard
    OLB M. Nattiel, T. Carroll
    ILB A. Davis
    OLB B. Hardmon
    CB L. Sheppard
    CB B. Alexander, R. Cromartie
    SS M. Manuel, L. Norwood
    FS T. Johnson, D. Dixon



    Forgot about them, LSU defense, not great but the key is James and Faulk, two flat out great linebackers in college. Both elite players even as young freshman, had big time speed. At defensive back LeBlanc was a big hitter, Roman a very solid corner and Clark was another solid safety that provided good depth. Not a great defensive line but was strong and provided opportunities for those linebackers to shine. I have them ranked at 58th on this list.

    1999 LSU
    DE J. Green
    DT K. Allen
    DT J. Mitchell
    DE K. Mitchell
    OLB B. James
    ILB T. Faulk
    OLB C. Smith
    CB M. Roman
    CB F. Booker, D. Hookfin
    SS C. LeBlanc
    FS R. Clark, D. James



    Someone brought this up awhile back, and looking at it they are a very good defense. Such a talented defensive line that did so much that year for Iowa. Their best year as a group arguably. The linebackers were good, Edds and Angerer were very speedy. The defensive backs sound as always, fine corners in Fletcher and Spievey, plus solid young safeties. I have this group ranked 37th.

    2008 Iowa
    DE A. Clayborn
    DT M. King, Klug
    DT M. Kroul
    DE C. Ballard, B. Binns
    OLB AJ. Edds
    ILB P. Angerer, J. Coleman
    OLB J. Hunter
    CB B. Fletcher
    CB A. Spievey
    SS T. Sash
    FS B. Greenwood



    Cannot forget them, the defense that could have been in 2010. Still great in 09, very fine players, amazingly strong and deep defensive line with Austin and Thomas leading the way. Quinn had a great year also for them, the linebackers were always stars and always going to them stars. The defensive backs were talented as well, Burney was a stud and I really liked Melvin Williams along with D. Williams. I have them ranked 41st but could have been a lot higher if 2010 would have turned out different.

    2009 UNC
    DE R. Quinn, Q. Coples
    DT M. Austin
    DT C. Thomas, T. Powell
    DE EJ. Wilson, M. McAdoo
    OLB B. Carter
    ILB Q. Sturdivant
    OLB Z. Brown
    CB K. Burney
    CB C. Brown
    SS M. Williams, M. Merletti
    FS D. Williams, D. Searcy


    Loved their safeties, Morley and Berry were flat out studs, great players that completely made up for their lack at the corner spot. Solid linebackers as well, leading the way was McCoy. On they defensive line they were good with Ayers and Dan Williams also, not as strong as other years but top to bottom a solid and very good defense. I have them ranked 53rd on this list.

    2008 Tennessee
    DE R. Ayers
    DT D. Williams
    DT D. Bolden
    DE W. Brown, B. Martin
    OLB R. McCoy
    ILB Myers-White
    OLB L. Thompson
    CB D. Willingham
    CB M. Johnson
    SS E. Berry
    FS D. Morley, A. Gaines



    Finally got what I think is the roster for them, loved their linebackers with Bell, Polk and Sprotte much less Piece as well. Amazing corner in McAllister and Hunter was ok on the other side for Zona. Tafoya was a beast off the edge as well. Not great depth on the defensive line but overall a great defense and should be on this list. I have them 56th.

    1998 Arizona
    DE Tafoya, K. Fraser
    DT D. Greer
    DT I. Haroon
    DE M. Robertson
    OLB D. Polk
    ILB M. Bell
    OLB Sprotte A. Pierce
    CB McAllister
    CB K. Hunter
    SS G. Payne
    FS R. Jones





    And always due to change but as or right now here is how things stand in terms of what schools have the most defensive units on this list over the past 13 plus season of college football. The school is indicated, starting with the rank of the unit and then the year.

    *Schools with three units on the list:
    Ohio State
    4- 2002
    6- 1998
    13- 2008

    Florida
    11- 2006
    15- 1997
    25- 2000

    Alabama
    9- 2009
    28- 2005
    33- 1999


    *Schools with two units the list:
    Miami
    1- 2001
    43- 2006

    USC
    2- 2007
    14- 2002

    Florida State
    7- 1997
    17- 2004

    Nebraska
    12- 1997
    19- 2009

    Michigan
    5- 1997
    22- 2006

    Penn State
    8- 1999
    23- 2005

    Virginia Tech
    18- 1999
    21- 2005

    LSU
    3- 2004
    58- 1999

    Oklahoma
    20- 2002
    27- 2007

    Tennessee
    10- 1999
    53- 2008

    Iowa
    26- 2003
    37- 2008

    Texas
    29- 2009
    30- 2000

    Kansas State
    24- 1998
    40- 2001

    UNC
    41- 2009
    48- 2001


    *Schools with one unit on the list:
    Auburn
    16- 2003

    Michigan State
    31- 1999

    Illinois
    32- 2007

    Texas A&M
    34- 1998

    Georgia
    35- 1998

    Miss State
    36- 2000

    Wake Forest
    38- 2006

    South Florida
    39- 2007

    UCLA
    42- 2001

    NC State
    44- 2005

    Notre Dame
    45- 2003

    Louisville
    46- 2004

    Purdue
    47- 2003

    Washington State
    50- 2002

    Wisconsin
    51- 2000

    TCU
    49- 2007

    Cal
    52- 2006

    Georgia Tech
    54- 2006

    Virginia
    55- 2005

    Arizona
    56- 1998

    Utah
    57- 2008

    Kansas
    59- 2005

    Oregon State
    60- 2006

    Oregon
    61- 2007
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  • Ozzy
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    John Henderson and Fat Al as your tandem tackles. Ugh.
    Actually the year I listed on here Darwin Walker was the star opposite Henderson on that team, Haynesworth was the backup at the time I believe.

    Still very impressive middle men in college, rarely does one school get such great defensive tackles at the same time. Best I can recall and they are defenses on this list is Texas with Hampton and Rogers, Georgia with Stroud and Seymour and Tennessee with Henderson and Haynesworth, also could add Boston College with Raji and Brace potentially. If you are talking just big boys Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill on LSU was pretty crazy as well.

    Personally in terms of elite defensive tackles at the college level, Stroud and Seymour always impressed me the most, and it had a lot to do with Seymour.

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  • LonghornsLegend
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    John Henderson and Fat Al as your tandem tackles. Ugh.

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  • Ozzy
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    Another potential addition could be Clemson. Gaines was a monster as a senior, and Gaddis was a potential stud at corner, and they had some good linebacker play as well with Bille.

    2006 Clemson Tigers
    DE G. Adams
    DT D. Clark
    DT D. Scott
    DE R. Sapp, P. Merling
    OLB T. Bille
    ILB J. Miller
    OLB A. Clay
    CB CJ. Gaddis
    CB C. Clemons
    SS K. Conner
    FS M. Hamlin



    Another fine one possible is Boston College from 07, studs in the middle with Brace and Raji, as good as it gets. Very deep and very good linebackers as well, Dunbar and McLaughlin were big time playmakers. And at defensive back Silva was an animal out their and Tribble could handle his own on the corner.

    2007 Boston College
    DE N. Larkin
    DT Raji
    DT Brace
    DE Albright
    OLB Dunbar, B. Toal, R. Francois
    ILB McLaughlin
    OLB T. Pruitt, Akins
    CB D. Tribble
    CB P. Anderson
    SS J. Silva
    FS M. Bowman




    Clearly a great year from defense, the 06 Jackets had a fine deep, very deep defensive line that could pressure the quarterback easily. Fast linebackers with Hall and Wheeler and decent defensive backs with Kenny Scott at corner and solid safeties.

    2006 Georgia Tech
    DE M. Johnson
    DT J. Anoai, D. Robertson
    DT D. Richard, V. Walker
    DE A. Oliver
    OLB K. Hall
    ILB P. Wheeler
    OLB G. Guyton
    CB K. Scott, A. Roberson
    CB Word-Daniels
    SS J. Lewis
    FS D. Jones



    A Miami defense that does not get remembered, very deep and talented group, not a lot of stars but tons of depth. Very solid defensive line, great linebackers with Beason and others. Then defensive back had star safeties as well. They are easily top 50 somewhere on that list.

    2006 Miami Hurricanes
    DE B. Atkins, B. Pata
    DT A. Dixon
    DT K. Brown
    DE C. Campbell. V. Franklin
    OLB J. Beason, C. McCarthy
    ILB G. Cook
    OLB T. Gooden, R. Davis
    CB B. Johnson
    CB G. Sharpe, R. Phillips
    SS B. Meriweather, A. Reddick
    FS K. Phillips, W. Cooper
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  • Ozzy
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    2008 Utah was pretty ****** beastly. not big named like these other teams but they had some ballers.
    Good call, they were a very good defense and have quite a few current NFL players. Kruger was a monster off the edge, Sylvester and absolute star linebacker, really solid defensive backs, Smith was a stud and McCain was very good as well. But yes lack that wow factor, and a few pieces I am not sure who were the starters. But that was a very solid group. Could rival that TCU group but the linebackers on TCU wins out, from top to bottom. That Utah defense in 08 had some standout guys like Kruger and Sylvester carry each position core but overall depth was lacking if I remember right.


    2008 Utah
    DE P. Kruger
    DT
    DT
    DE Misi
    OLB Sylvester
    ILB
    OLB
    CB B. McCain, B. Burton
    CB S. Smith. J. Dale
    SS
    FS B. Johnson




    Actually just put that 07 TCU defense #47 on the list, moved Virgina down a little because of lack of depth, great linebackers, like amazing linebackers but did not have the depth other units had. And again Utah could make it, originally I was going to add them but again lack of top down depth limits that in my opinion, huge Sean Smith fan, he was fun to watch, so was Sylvester.
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  • YAYareaRB
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    2008 Utah was pretty ****** beastly. not big named like these other teams but they had some ballers.

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  • Ozzy
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    Possible TCU defensive units that might make the list, but I am missing a few players and cannot seem to find a 2009 roster.

    2007
    DE T. Blake, J. Hughes
    DT Christopher
    DT J. Vess
    DE C. Ortiz
    OLB J. Phillips
    ILB D. Hawthorne
    OLB R. Henson, D. Washington
    CB R. Priest
    CB N. Sanders
    SS S. Hodge
    FS D. Roach, B. Bonner



    2009
    DE J. Hughes
    DT W. Daniels
    DT
    DE
    LB D. Washington
    LB R. Henson
    CB R. Priest
    CB N. Sanders
    SS A. Ibiloye
    RV C. Hunter
    FS T. Johnson
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  • Ozzy
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    TCU

    5 years in the past 10 the #1 ranked defense, with the last 3 years consecutive and a bunch of NFL players and not one unit on the list. SMH.
    Look again at the competition they play throughout the year. It will be real interesting if they are as successful on defense in the Big East playing Big East competition all year. The Big East is not even that great of a conference but it does provide much better competition that what they had before.

    Might have a point with last years defense for TCU, but the star power is lacking and the elite corner play is also not that great. Or at least this past year I think it was.

    DE W. Daniels, S. Maponga
    DT
    DT
    DE B. Broughton
    LB T. Carder
    LB T. Brock
    CB G. McCoy
    CB J. Teague
    SS C. Jones
    RV T. Cuba, A. Ibiloye
    FS T. Johnson


    Possibly some years previous to this one, they had some great linebackers back then, I will look at the rosters from a few years back and maybe they could be included in the list.


    Thanks for bringing it up!
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  • Woody56
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    TCU

    5 years in the past 10 the #1 ranked defense, with the last 3 years consecutive and a bunch of NFL players and not one unit on the list. SMH.

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  • etk
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    Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
    i would be surprised if there is any defense better than this one come next year, though I guess maybe Alabama could give them a run:

    DE-John Simon Beast
    DT-Johnathan Hankins Beast in waiting
    DT-Garrett Goebel/Adam Bellamy
    DE-Nathan Williams Beast
    WLB-Andrew Sweat
    MLB-Etienne Sabino
    SLB-Dorian Bell
    CB-Travis Howard BIW
    CB-Dominic Clarke
    S-Orhian Johnson
    S-CJ Barnett
    STAR-Tyler Moeller Beast

    depth is ridiculous.
    Epic homer post once again keylime. I counted 4 returning starters (correct me if I'm wrong) and we're supposed to believe that's the best defense in the country? Any homer fan can pretend that their "young talented players" who have never seen the field before are gonna take the world by storm. Yeesh.

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