With a couple more weeks left until we talk about the upcoming season -- Big Ten media days -- we’re scrambling for some 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 top lineups each team could field consisting of players who have played since 2000. Next up is Maryland.
QB Scott McBrien: The West Virginia transfer held a 21-6 career record as a starter, and he finished as the program’s career leader in pass efficiency (142.03) – ahead of both Frank Reich and Jack Scarbath.
RB Bruce Perry: The 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Perry finished with the fourth-best rushing season in school history with 1,242 yards.
WR Torrey Smith: He’s third in Maryland history in career receptions (152), third in career yards (2,215) and second in career TDs (19).
TE Vernon Davis: One of the best tight ends in ACC history, Davis was a consensus All-American in 2009. He clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard dash in the NFL combine and was an outstanding blocker in college.
OL Melvin Fowler: No Maryland offensive lineman since 2000 has been drafted higher than Fowler – third round; No. 76 overall – and he played in 87 career NFL games.
OL Todd Wike: The guard was one of just two offensive linemen to twice earn first-team all-conference honors since 2000.
OL C.J. Brooks: He followed in Wike’s footsteps and became a two-time first-team All-ACC selection.
OL Andrew Crummey: He was a third-team AP All-American in 2007.
OL Matt Crawford: The four-year starter overcame a torn ACL to become an All-ACC selection the next year and a third-team All-American the year after that.
DL Shawne Merriman: A 2004 All-American, Merriman went on to become a three-time Pro Bowler and a selection on the San Diego Chargers’ 50th anniversary team.
DL Andre Monroe: He holds the school record for career sacks (25), and he led the team in tackles-for-loss for three seasons.
DL Joe Vellano: Like Monroe, he led the team in tackles-for-loss for three years -- but was also a 2011 All-American and three-time all-conference selection.
DL Randy Starks: Since 2000, only Monroe finished with more tackles-for-loss as a defensive lineman. Starks was a 2003 All-American and enjoyed a long career in the NFL.
LB E.J. Henderson: Arguably the Terps’ best player since the turn of the century, Henderson was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He also won both the Bednarik and Butkus awards.
LB D’Qwell Jackson: He led Maryland in tackles for three straight seasons and was a two-time All-American.
LB Alex Wujciak: A three-time All-ACC selection, Wujciak also led the Terps in tackles for three consecutive years.
DB Domonique Foxworth: He started the final two regular-season games of his true freshman season and never looked back en route to a trio of all-conference honors.
DB Madieu Williams: The Towson transfer went from defensive scout team player of the year to a two-time All-ACC selection and a third-team All-American.
DB Curome Cox: Since 2000, no Maryland defensive back has yet surpassed his 10 career interceptions. He started 45 career games.
DB William Likely: He decided to return to Maryland this season as opposed to entering the NFL, and he’s already the first Terps DB in about 30 years to earn a pair of first-team all-conference honors.
K Brad Craddock: Sorry, Nick Novak. Craddock was the first Terp to win the Lou Groza Award and boasts the highest career field goal percentage in program history -- 81.4 percent to Novak’s 74.8 percent.
P Brooks Barnard: He leads the program with a career average of 43.7 yards per punt and also owns the two best punting seasons in Maryland history (2000, 2001).
KR/PR Likely: Yes, the returning senior also owns a spot at defensive back – but he might be a better return specialist. He’s fourth all-time in school history for kickoff yards per return (25.49) and second in punt yards per return (14.2).