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The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

Posted on: June 17, 2008 11:54 am
This is a spin off of DKM's Greatest Team of All-time. First I want to thank DKM for the awesome idea. I know many people (including myself) were sad to see his blog end, so I'm sure this will get great participation.
With your help, we will put together "The Greatest College Team" position by position. Only players who played in 1970 or later will be eligible. Each Tuesday we will begin voting on a new position; make your vote in bold. Feel free to elaborate on why you voted for the player you did. Please vote only once per position. I would request that we keep this a friendly blog and not go on with petty disagreements. If there is a tie both players will be listed.

This week we will vote for Inside (middle) Linebacker. Cast two votes for ILB's who graduated no earlier than 1970. I will add the votes each day although it may be later for some because I live on the west coast.






OT1- Orlando Pace (Ohio State) (13 Votes)
OT2- Anthony Munoz (USC) (10 Votes)




DE1- Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma) (14 Votes)
DE2- (Tie) Bruce Smith (VT) Randy White (Maryland) (6 votes)











Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 7:04 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

Well thanks for keeping this going Livin Large. Thanks for the rundown King as pucking an inside backer isn't easy. The College Football Hall of Fame has so few linebackers in it to help with the choice as the majority from 1970 forward played the outside position. As another voter stated if we went back further I too would have gone with Nobis and Butkus. Nobis is still the best I ever saw in college. That being said my picks are:

Randy Gradishar was All-America linebacker in 1972 and 1973, a unanimous choice the second year. He was a 3-year starter for Ohio State. The team had a 25-6-1 record in those years, won two Big 10 championships, and split two Rose Bowl games. Ohio State ranked No. 9 nationally in the Associated Press poll in 1972, No. 2 in 1973.

Jerry Robinison    UCLA used him as a wide receiver his freshman year and moved him to inside linebacker just before the Rose Bowl game with Ohio State. As a linebacker Robinson made All-America three times. He was a consensus choice in 1976, unanimous in 1977 and 1978. He set a school record for most tackles in one game -- 28 against Air Force in 1976. He had 23 tackles against Southern California in 1977. He made 21 tackles in two other games and 20 once. His career total, 468 tackles, set a UCLA record. He ranked first, second, and third in tackles per season with 161, 159, 147, respectively. He returned intercepted passes for touchdowns three times on runs of 95, 72, 69 yards. The Downtown Athletic Club of New York named him Linebacker of the Year in 1977 and 1978. He received the Pop Warner Award as best west coast player in 1978

Comments courtesy of their College Football Hall of Fame page.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2008 12:52 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

Chris Spielman-- he was a monster at Ohio St.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 11:06 am

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

Mike Singletary 4, Brian Bosworth 3, Chris Spielman 2, A. J. Hawk 2, Brian Urlacher 1, Jack Lambert 1, Randy Gradishar 1, Shane Conlan 1.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 10:22 am

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

My votes go to:

  • Brian Bosworth -- Oklahoma     What a stud at linebacker he was. Alot of people even had his haircut during this time(including me). To bad he got injured as a pro.
  • Chris Spielman -- Ohio State    He dominated the game like no other during his time at OSU.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 9:30 am
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Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 11:33 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

This is a tough list because many LB's played inside and outside. I think I put everyone where they played the most.  Here goes:

#1 - Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) This guy was awesome in college. "The Boz" was the reason they started giving the Butkus Award. Won The Butkus Award twice!!
#2 - Randy Gradishar (Ohio State) HOF. Two-time 1st Team All-American. In the long line of great Buckeye inside backers, he is the best.
#3 - Woodrow Lowe (Alabama)  Lowe is the only linebacker I know of to make 1st Team All-America THREE TIMES!!!
#4 - Tom Cousineau (Ohio State) Two-time 1st All-American. Went on to become 1st player picked in NFL Draft.
#5 - Mike Singletary (Baylor) HOF. I will never forget #63 laser beam eyes. Intense, fearsome, hit like a truck.
#6 - A.J.Hawk (Ohio State) The Hawk was a wild man who struck terror in opponents hearts.
#7 - Marvin Jones (Florida State) Butkus Winner. Two-time 1st Team All-American. Unquestioned leader for talented Seminole defenses.
#8 - Patrick Willis (Mississippi) Greatest 'backer in Rebel's history. Butkus Winner.
#9 - Shane Conlan (Penn State) Leader of 1986 National Champs. Sealed win with last minute pick of Heisman Winner Testaverde's pass inside the 10-yard line.
#10 - Chris Spielman (Ohio State) Two-time 1st Team All-American. I remember seeing him make 27 tackles in a game against Washington when they were good.
#11 - Michael Stonebreaker (Notre Dame) Two-time 1st Team All-American. What a great linebacker name!!!
#12 - Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern) Anyone who can make 1st Team All-American twice for the Wildcats is a stud.
#13 - E.J. Junior (Alabama) All-American, led The Bear's defenses while in Tuscaloosa. Defensive Captain for 3 years!
#14 - Ray Lewis (Miami) Big-time intimidator for vicious 'Canes defenses all four years at Miami.
#15 - E.J. Henderson (Maryland) Two-time 1st Team All-American for Terps. I think he holds the all-time tackles record for Div.1A.
#16 - Junior Seau (USC) Left school early or would have rated higher. Made wearing #55 at USC similar to #2 at FSU.
#17 - Larry Station (Iowa) two-time 1st Team All-American at Iowa. aside fromTippett, the greatest Hawkeye defender ever.
#18 - Dan Morgan (Miami) Butkus Winner. Morgan was all over the field making plays for Miami.
#19 - Percy snow (Michigan State) Butkus Winner. Led Spartan defense all four years in East Lansing.
#20 - Andy Katzenmoyer (Ohio State) Butkus Winner.  Archie Griffin's #45, though retired, was given to The Big Kat during his playing days in Columbus.
HM: Jonathan Vilma (Mia), James Laurenitis(OH.ST), Antonio London (AL), Ron Rivera (Cal), Ed Simonini (TX A&M), Jeff Leiding (TX), Bob Crable (ND), Bob Golic (ND), Jeff Sieman (Stanford), Jack Del Rio (USC).

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 9:29 pm
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Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:14 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

I think Brian Urlacher was more of a strong safety when he played at New Mexico.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2008 7:48 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

1. Mike Singletary -- Baylor. All-American 1979, 1980. School record 662 tackles.

2.Steve Kiner -- Tennessee. All-American 1968,1969. Tennessee all-100 year team.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 5:17 pm

The Greatest College Team Needs ILBs!

Mike Singletary (Baylor) & Jack Lambert (Kent State)

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