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    https://www.d2football.com/2010-2019-all-decade/


  • #2
    Great stuff. Thank you!

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    • #3
      I thought this was very well put together. No glaring omissions jumping out at me.

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      • #4
        With 3 NC's in the decade, AD was the logical choice, pictured here at Florence in 2013:
        I was going to say 'no-brainer" but didn't want to insult Brandon. ;)

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        • #5
          Brandon at Braly:
          Last edited by NW Normal; 04-08-2020, 09:13 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KleShreen View Post
            I thought this was very well put together. No glaring omissions jumping out at me.
            Thanks Kle. Got one good email from an SID about one of his players and some idiotic pushback on Twitter from a few random people. We spent well over a month on this thing. Most complaints simply demonstrate that people don't know what they don't know. One program that had a total of two playoff wins in the decade thought they should have four players.

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            • #7
              I’m certainly biased, but I thought NW deserved a couple or three more in ...Brandon Yost, Jacob Vollstedt and Colin Bevins for sure, since they were responsible for what’s got to be one of the (if not THE) most dominating defenses of all time from 2014-16 (a stretch that had as many losses as NCs and 30 straight wins). Jake Soy possibly, too, although his injury riddled SR season dropped his stock. I know it can’t be all Bearcats, but in my biased opinion having the most wins, playoff wins, playoff appearances, NCs and all that’s merited them to have the most players all to themselves, which they actually had less players than a team that didn’t win any NCs.

              As far as non-NW thoughts, I think there were better QBs than Perez (Zach Amedro and Kevin Rodgers, to name a couple), and I would have Terrell Watson ahead of Gardner. In my opinion, Watson was to Gardner a season Barry Sanders was to Emmitt Smith. Morgan from CSUP was pretty dominant, too.

              Having said all of that, it’s pretty tough to narrow things down to 50 people, and it’s a well rounded list for sure.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by catbacker07 View Post
                I’m certainly biased, but I thought NW deserved a couple or three more in ...Brandon Yost, Jacob Vollstedt and Colin Bevins for sure, since they were responsible for what’s got to be one of the (if not THE) most dominating defenses of all time from 2014-16 (a stretch that had as many losses as NCs and 30 straight wins). Jake Soy possibly, too, although his injury riddled SR season dropped his stock. I know it can’t be all Bearcats, but in my biased opinion having the most wins, playoff wins, playoff appearances, NCs and all that’s merited them to have the most players all to themselves, which they actually had less players than a team that didn’t win any NCs.

                As far as non-NW thoughts, I think there were better QBs than Perez (Zach Amedro and Kevin Rodgers, to name a couple), and I would have Terrell Watson ahead of Gardner. In my opinion, Watson was to Gardner a season Barry Sanders was to Emmitt Smith. Morgan from CSUP was pretty dominant, too.

                Having said all of that, it’s pretty tough to narrow things down to 50 people, and it’s a well rounded list for sure.
                Don't tell that to some Missouri Western fans on Twitter. They thought Michael Hill, David Bass, and Michael Jordan should have been on there as well. I admire thinking your teammates are great, but their program won three playoff games all decade. If that's the case, Northwest and Valdosta should have had 30 players on the team. People simply don't know what's out there but they sure don't mind piping up like they do.

                I think the way the Northwest program is operated speaks more to having a bunch of really good players than a few great players and mediocrity around them. They did have a lot of great players, however.

                Defensive line was the toughest by far. Bass, Zach Moore, Armonty Bryant, Ty Powell, and Nathan Shepherd were all drafted by the NFL and didn't make it.

                Soy being hurt his last year really hurt his chances. Had he come close to his 2009 season again he would have made it.

                Hill had that same issue. He had one great season but over his career averaged 5.3 yards per carry while the others were 6.2 or above. Watson versus Garnder was the final deliberation.

                I saw Rodgers in person and thought Perez was better. I would, obviously, take Amedro over Perez.

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                • #9
                  Would have liked to see Kenny Moore on 2nd team (VSU). Although small for his position, he could light it up.

                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_...ican_football)


                  p.s. Amedro was a beast. did he end up playing after college?


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                  Last edited by Wide_Right; 04-09-2020, 08:41 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Pretty solid, just a couple tweaks I’d have to make to fit my CSUP biases
                    Cam McDondle had a better college career than Austin Ekeler, three of the years they overlapped and Cam had the better stats each year and the two best statistical years in RMAC history after Danny Woodhead’s 2006 season
                    The D Line is stacked like you mentioned above and not sure who you’d take off but Darius Allen had great career too, I believe the only two time Upshaw award winner this decade.
                    As for the non CSUP guys in the RMAC I’m hoping Dvorak was in the QB conversation even without the post season success, 13,466 yards and 134 touchdowns is still really impressive.

                    Great list thanks for putting it out, I know it couldn’t have been easy narrowing down ten years of great players
                    Last edited by twolfbenchwarmer; 04-09-2020, 10:26 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by twolfbenchwarmer View Post
                      Pretty solid, just a couple tweaks I’d have to make to fit my CSUP biases
                      Cam McDondle had a better college career than Austin Ekeler, three of the years they overlapped and Cam had the better stats each year and the two best statistical years in RMAC history after Danny Woodhead’s 2006 season
                      The D Line is stacked like you mentioned above and not sure who you’d take off but Darius Allen had great career too, I believe the only two time Upshaw award winner this decade.
                      As for the non CSUP guys in the RMAC I’m hoping Dvorak was in the QB conversation even without the post season success, 13,466 yards and 134 touchdowns is still really impressive.

                      Great list thanks for putting it out, I know it couldn’t have been easy narrowing down ten years of great players
                      Good observations. McDondle/Ekeler was the 1/2 discussion. Quiteh was 1 of 1.

                      Darius Allen was great as well and in consideration. The thing about the DL, there were so many good ones that if you started with any of them singularly, like Allen, and you thought about the concept of an all-decade team, you'd think for sure that he was on it. I thought that about Zach Moore as well when I started the process.

                      If we had a third team, Dustin Vaughan from WT would have been the quarterback. Even though Dvorak had 14,608 total yards to Vaughan's 13,608, Vaughan had more postseason success which would have given him the nod. catbacker07 had previously mentioned Amedro. He had 14,598.

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                      • #12
                        Brandon. Great list. And I really appreciate you responding to folks. Most of the times when a list comes out one rarely hears the why's and why nots. It's pretty cool when you give some background with the list's development. Much appreciated and respected!
                        Last edited by Redwing; 04-10-2020, 12:19 PM.

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                        • #13
                          If this was just college I would argue maybe Martin or Thornton over Meder but other than that It is a great list. You can tell a lot of time was put in there. My only two minor beefs are that I would have put Fusco ahead of Joe Long and Thornton or Martin ahead of Meder. Not putting those guys down but I think the next level play of Thornton and Fusco showed they were truly elite D2 players. Those are very minor tweaks. Nobody major missing from the two teams either.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Josh Buchanan View Post

                            If this was just college I would argue maybe Martin or Thornton over Meder but other than that It is a great list. You can tell a lot of time was put in there. My only two minor beefs are that I would have put Fusco ahead of Joe Long and Thornton or Martin ahead of Meder. Not putting those guys down but I think the next level play of Thornton and Fusco showed they were truly elite D2 players. Those are very minor tweaks. Nobody major missing from the two teams either.
                            Thanks Josh. I have five or six handwritten pages of notes. I think the process was about a month.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Redwing View Post
                              Brandon. Great list. And I really appreciate you responding to folks. Most of the times when a list comes out one rarely hears the why's and why nots. It's pretty cool when you give some background with the list's development. Much appreciated and respected!
                              Thanks Redwing. I'll engage in any criticism that is fair and reasoned. If idiots on Twitter just want to drop bombs, I won't.

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