With less than a week left until we can really start talking 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 Nebraska.
QB Eric Crouch: Pretty easy call here on the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, who finished his career with 3,950 yards and 59 touchdowns on the ground, and 4,481 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.
RB Ameer Abdullah: His 4,588 career rushing yards are second in school history, behind the legendary Mike Rozier.
RB Roy Helu Jr: He finished fifth all time on the school's career rushing chart, with 3,404 yards.
WR Kenny Bell: A four-year mainstay, Bell accumulated more career receiving yards than any other Cornhusker and was one heck of a blocker, too.
WR Nate Swift: He set the Nebraska record for career receptions, with 166. His 941 receiving yards in 2008 were second-most ever by a Nebraska player.
TE Matt Herian: He was a big-play threat headed for huge career numbers before an injury robbed him of some effectiveness as a junior and senior.
OL Dominic Raiola: Winner of the inaugural Rimington Trophy in 2000, he was one of the most dominant centers in recent college football history.
OL Toniu Fonoti: An All-American in 2001 and two-time All-Big 12 selection, he once recorded 32 pancake blocks in a game.
OL Spencer Long: The former walk-on developed into a second-team All-American in 2012.
OL Russ Hochstein: A two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, Hochstein was an All-American in 2000.
OL Ricky Henry: He was a first-team All-Big 12 guard in 2010.
DL Ndamukong Suh: Naturally. Arguably the most dominant defensive tackle of the 2000s.
DL Adam Carriker: He earned first-team All-America honors in 2006 and had 16.5 sacks his final two seasons.
DL Jared Crick: Compiled 20 career sacks and was a second-team All-American in 2010, though his senior season was cut short by injury.
DL Randy Gregory: In his first year after transferring from junior college, Gregory had 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He added seven more sacks as a senior.
LB Lavonte David: A tackling machine, David set the single-season record for tackles with 152 in 2010, and he finished with 285 career stops.
LB Barrett Ruud: Nebraska's all-time leader in tackles, with 432, Ruud started 37 games at linebacker for the Huskers.
LB Carlos Polk: He was a first-team All-American in 2000, his senior season.
DB Prince Amukamara: He was the 2010 Big 12 defensive player of the year and became a first-round draft pick as a lockdown corner.
DB Alfonzo Dennard: He won the Big Ten's defensive back of the year award in 2011.
DB Keyuo Craver: A 2001 first-team All-American, he had 41 career pas breakups.
DB Josh Bullocks: He had 10 interceptions as a free safety in 2003, earning All-America recognition.
K Alex Henery: He set an NCAA career record by converting 89.5 percent of his field-goal attempts.
P Sam Koch: Tough call between him and his predecessor, Kyle Larson. But Koch broke Larson's school record with a 46.5-yard average in 2005.
KR DeJuan Groce: He averaged 17 yards per punt return in 2002, when he was a first-team All-American, and finished with six career punt return touchdowns.