Arizona's 'All-Century' team: Best Wildcats lineup since 2000

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2008 while at Arizona. Chris Morrison/USA TODAY Sports

Summer is here, and that means we're starved for the return of football. Unfortunately, the entire 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 Arizona.


QB Nick Foles: Arizona doesn't have a great history behind center, but Foles, a transfer from Michigan State, is the program's only passer to eclipse 10,000 career yards.

RB Ka'Deem Carey: A two-time consensus All-American and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2013, he's the Wildcats all-time leading rusher.

RB Mike Bell: A four-year contributor, Bell never rushed for over 1,000 yards but he ranks fourth on the Wildcats all-time list with 3,154 career rushing yards.

OL Eben Britton: First-team All-Pac-10 in 2008.

OL Colin Baxter: Two-time second-team All-Pac-10, he started 49 consecutive games.

OL Marques McFadden: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2000.

OL Makoa Freitas: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2002.

OL Adam Grant: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2009 and 2010.

TE Rob Gronkowski: Anyone hear of this guy? He battled injuries at Arizona but was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2008.

WR Bobby Wade: He's the Wildcats all-time leading receiver with 3,351 yards and he ranks fourth with 23 TDs. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.

WR Mike Thomas: Two-time first-team All-Pac-10, Thomas ranks second on the Wildcats all-time list behind Wade with 3,231 yards receiving.

K Nick Folk: He was an A-list punter and kicker, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2006 as a punter, but his long NFL career came as a kicker.


DL Brooks Reed: First-team All-Pac-10 in 2010, finished with 15 career sacks.

DL Joe Tafoya: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2000, Tafoya had a seven-year NFL career.

DL Earl Mitchell: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2009, Mitchell was a starting DT for the Miami Dolphins last year.

DL Ricky Elmore: Led the Pac-10 with 11 sacks in 2010 and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors.

LB Scooby Wright: The most decorated defender in college football in 2014, the consensus All-American won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Badnarik Awards.

LB Lance Briggs: Briggs was a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 member from 2000-2002 who went on to have an outstanding NFL career.

LB Spencer Larson: First-team All-Pac-10 in 2007 and second-team in 2006. In 2008, he started at linebacker and fullback for the Denver Broncos against the Atlanta Falcons.

CB Antoine Cason: A consensus All-American who won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2007 as the nation's best defensive back. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.

CB Trevin Wade: Earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011 and finished his career with 12 interceptions.

S Darrell Brooks: Brooks was first-team All-Pac-10 in 2005 and second-team in 2004 playing both safety and cornerback.

S Michael Johnson: Second-team All-Pac-10 in 2006.

P Drew Riggleman: Averaged 45.3 yards per punt as a three-year starter, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons.