UCLA's 'All-Century' team: Best Bruins lineup since 2000

It's summer and that means we're starved for the return of football. Unfortunately, the month of July still stands between us and the opening of training camp, so for the time being, we'll have to reminisce to get our fix.

For this series, we're reaching back to the year 2000. Our goal is to find the best lineup combination for each program using only players from this century.

Today, it's the UCLA Bruins:


QB Brett Hundley: Started 40 games and finished as the school record-holder in touchdown passes (75), completions (837) and total offense (11,713). He also scored 31 touchdowns, which ranks seventh in school history.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew: Ranks No. 2 on the school's career all-purpose list (4,688) yards and was a unanimous All-American in 2005.

RB Johnathan Franklin: The school's all-time leading rusher with 4,403 yards over four seasons, Franklin ran for 1,734 yards as a senior in 2012. He was a fourth-round pick of Green Bay in 2013, but played just one season before retiring due to a neck injury.

C Jake Brendel: Started a school-record 52 games and was twice named second-team All-Pac-12.

OL Xavier Su'a-Filo: Twice named first-team All-Pac-12 before being selected with the first pick of the second round in the 20013 draft.

OL Mike Saffer: A second-team All-American in 2002.

OL Jeff Baca: A versatile player for the Bruins, Baca is one of just three UCLA offensive linemen to be drafted since 2000.

OL Conor McDermott: McDermott has started the last 19 games for UCLA at left tackle and is expected to be one of the best offensive lineman in the country in 2016.

WR Freddie Mitchell: In 2000, Mitchell caught caught 77 passes for a school-record 1,494 yards and nine touchdowns before being drafted in the first round by Philadelphia in 2001.

WR Jordan Payton: Finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (201) and was a fifth-round pick of Cleveland.

TE Marcedes Lewis: Won the Mackey Award in 2005 before a being drafted in the first round by Jacksonville in the 2006 draft.

Kai Forbath: Justin Medlock and Kai'imi Fairbairn received heavy consideration, but Forbath -- the Lou Groza Award winner in 2009 -- gets the nod based on superior field-goal accuracy (84.2 percent).


DL Kenny Clark: Started his final 29 games over a three-year career, Clark was an third-team All-American in 2015. He was picked by Green Bay in the first round of the 2016 draft.

DL Datone Jones: Also a first-round pick of Green Bay (2013), Jones was second-team All-Pac-12 in 2012.

DL Dave Ball: Was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, when he was also a first-team All-American and won the Morris Trophy. Twice named first-team All-Pac-12.

DL Brian Price: Earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2009. Drafted in the second round by Tampa Bay in 2010.

LB Anthony Barr: After spending his first two seasons on offense, Barr immediately made an impact at linebacker, where he recorded 23.5 sacks over the next two seasons. He was drafted No. 9 overall by Minnesota in 2014.

LB Eric Kendricks: Kendricks won the Butkus Award in 2014 and led the Bruins in tackles three times on his way to a school-record 481 tackles.A second-round pick of Minnesota in 2015.

LB Robert Thomas: The Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, Thomas was a finalist for the Butkus Award and a first-round pick of St. Louis in 2002.

S Rahim Moore: A three-year starter, Moore was named to multiple All-American teams following the 2009 (when he led the country an interceptions) and 2010 seasons. He was a second-round pick of Cleveland in the 2011 NFL draft.

S Chris Horton: The Sporting News named Horton a first-team All-American in 2007 when he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.

CB Ricky Manning: First-team All-Pac-10 in his final three seasons at UCLA.

CB Alterraun Verner: First-team All-Pac-10 in 2009, second-team in 2008 and the conference's co-Freshman of the Year in 2006.

P Jeff Locke: After being named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2012, Locke was drafted in the fifth round by Minnesota.