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

With a couple more weeks left until talking 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 Michigan State.


QB Connor Cook: All the big wins, all the records give Cook the nod over Kirk Cousins and Jeff Smoker.

RB Le'Veon Bell: The inventor of the Le'Veon Leap, Bell ran for 1,793 yards as a junior before entering the NFL draft.

RB Javon Ringer: He broke the school's record for all-purpose yards and was an All-American in 2008 when he ran a ridiculous 390 times for 1,637 yards and 22 touchdowns. Tailback is so strong for the Spartans that we couldn't find a place for the great Jeremy Langford.

WR B.J. Cunningham: He set Spartans records for career receptions and receiving yards while totaling 25 touchdowns.

WR Tony Lippett: The 2014 Big Ten receiver of the year was a three-year starter who even stepped in and helped at cornerback at times.

WR Charles Rogers: Things did not go so well for him after college, but Rogers was incredible in a Spartans uniform and won the 2002 Biletnikoff Award.

OL Jack Conklin: The former walk-on blossomed into an All-American while starting 38 games at left tackle.

OL Jack Allen: The tough-as-nails center was an All-American along with Conklin to lead some of Michigan State's best-ever offensive lines.

OL Joel Foreman: He started 49 straight games at left guard, earning some All-America nods as a senior.

OL Sean Poole: He once earned Big Ten player of the week honors in 2004, which is really hard to do as an offensive lineman.

OL Shaun Mason: A two-time All-Big Ten selection, his career was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer before the 2001 NFL draft.


DL Shilique Calhoun: A three-time All-American, Calhoun was the 2013 Big Ten defensive lineman of the year and finished with 27 career sacks.

DL Jerel Worthy: He was a consensus All-American as a senior, when he had 10.5 tackles for loss from his defensive-tackle position.

DL Marcus Rush: He never got as much acclaim as classmate Calhoun, but Rush was an anchor at the other defensive-end spot for four years.

DL Malik McDowell: It's still early in his career, but McDowell has a chance to be the best defensive linemen of the 2000s for Michigan State if he continues to improve.

LB Max Bullough: A three-year starter at middle linebacker and two-time captain, Bullough was the leader of some of the nation's top defenses.

LB Greg Jones: The two-time consensus All-American led Michigan State in tackles for four consecutive seasons and was a freight train of a linebacker.

LB Denicos Allen: He was a big-time playmaker alongside Bullough, best remembered for his fourth-down stop of Braxton Miller in the the 2013 Big Ten championship game.

DB Darqueze Dennard: The 2013 Thorpe Award winner was a first-round NFL draft choice and leading member of the "No-Fly Zone."

DB Trae Waynes: He was drafted even higher than Dennard a year later after his own outstanding career as a cornerback.

DB Kurtis Drummond: A four-year letterwinner and 2014 All-American, Drummond helped form the backbone of MSU's secondary at safety.

DB Johnny Adams: The three-time All-Big Ten selection finished with 11 career interceptions and helped set the standard for cornerback play.


P Brandon Fields: The Big Ten's punter-of-the-year award is named in part after this former All-American and longtime Miami Dolphin.

K Dan Conroy: Went 55-for-71 on field goals in three years and set the school single-season record with 23 field goals in 2012.

KR DeAndra' Cobb: He scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns, including a school single-season record three during his junior year.