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USC All-Decade Team (2000-09)

University of South Carolina #11 Kenny McKinley is brought down by Dallas Washington in the first half at Williams Brice Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 2008.
University of South Carolina #11 Kenny McKinley is brought down by Dallas Washington in the first half at Williams Brice Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 2008. Erk Campos


WR - Sidney Rice, 2005-06. One of the school's finest wide receivers. In two seasons, set single-season records for receiving yards (1,143) and receiving touchdowns (13) and holds career marks for receiving TDs (23) and career 100-yard receiving games (11).

WR - Kenny McKinley, 2005-08. Holds school records for single-season receptions (77), career receptions (207), career receiving yards (2,781) and consecutive games with a reception (43).

TE - Jared Cook, 2006-08. First-team All-SEC in 2008. Averaged 15.2 yards for his 73 career receptions.

OL - Travelle Wharton, 2000-03. Stalwart at tackle. Named to All-SEC teams twice in his four seasons.

OL - Jamon Meredith, 2005-08. Picked in draft by Packers; now with the Bills.

OL - Cedric Williams, 1999-2002. Standout guard who made first-team All-SEC in 2000.

OL - Melvin Paige, 1998-2001. Named second-team All-SEC after both his junior and senior seasons.

OL - Na'Shan Goddard, 2002-05. Versatile performer who earned starts at center, guard and tackle during his career.

QB - Phil Petty, 1998-2001. His statistics lack a "wow" factor, but he guided the Gamecocks to 17 victories and two Outback Bowl triumphs his final two years.

RB - Cory Boyd, 2003-04, 06-07. Hard-nosed runner who rushed for 2,267 yards, caught passes for 1,283 yards and scored 28 touchdowns.

RB - Derek Watson, 1999-2001. Although limited by off-the-field problems, he still ranks 13th in career rushing yards (2,078), ranks fifth in single-season rushing touchdowns (11) and sixth in single-season rushing yards (1,066). He also has the second-best season in all-purpose yardage (1,834).

All-Purpose - Syvelle Newton, 2003-06. He did everything in his career, rushing for 784 yards and 10 touchdowns, passing for 2,474 yards and 20 TDs and catching passes for 673 yards and three TDs.

PK - Ryan Succop, 2005-08. Second in career scoring with 251 points (49 of 69 on field goals, 104 of 106 on extra points). Kicked school's second longest field goal (55 yards).


DL - George Gause, 2001-04. His 15 career sacks tie for fifth in the school record book. He had 25 tackles for loss among his 145 career stops.

DL - Cliff Matthews, 2007-09. Earned second-team All-SEC honors this season. His 44 tackles included 10 for losses and seven sacks. Forced three fumbles and recovered three. Has 10 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses in his three seasons.

DL - Langston Moore, 1999-2002. Defensive anchor at nose guard with 137 career tackles. Made 20 stops for loss and had six sacks.

DL - Cecil Caldwell, 1997-2000. Unappreciated lineman who ranks fourth in career tackles for loss (31) and fourth in career sacks (15.5).

LB - Eric Norwood, 2006-09. First USC player to make first-team all-conference three straight years with his being named All-SEC this season. Holds school record for career sacks (29) and tackles for loss (54.5). Had seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss this season.

LB - Kalimba Edwards, 1998-2001. Defensive ringleader of USC's Outback Bowl-winning teams in 2000 and 2001. Made first-team All-SEC both seasons and earned some All-America recognition. Had 237 career tackles, including 15 sacks.

LB - Jasper Brinkley, 2006-08. All-SEC twice. Made 193 career tackles, including 20.5 for losses and 7.5 sacks. Also had three interceptions.

DB - Sheldon Brown, 1998-2001. Two-time All-SEC performer who earned some All-America honors. Made 203 career tackles and intercepted 10 passes.

DB - Ko Simpson, 2004-05. In his two seasons, he made 164 tackles and intercepted seven passes. Named to All-SEC teams after each season and chosen first-team All-America by two organizations in 2005.

DB - Rashad Faison, 1999-2002. Holds school record for career unassisted tackles (247) and ranks sixth in overall stops (349). His career includes 27.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two interceptions.

DB - Dunta Robinson, 2000-03. Top cornerback who ranks fifth in passes broken up in both a season (12) and a career (22). Made 114 tackles and intercepted five passes.

P - Ryan Succop, 2005-08. Ranks first on school charts in career punting average (42.3) and posted the second-best single season average (43.7). Received honorable mention in All-SEC balloting.

- Compiled by Bob Spear

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