Which conference has produced the best NFL talent over the past decade? Perhaps not too surprisingly, it has been the SEC. A total of 12 SEC players were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s. The SEC had one more player than the next best-represented conference, the ACC.
LSU and Wisconsin each had two players named to the NFL All-Decade team, with both Badgers representatives — defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Joe Thomas — being among the eight unanimous selections. LSU is represented by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.
The schools that were most represented were California and Pittsburgh. Former Cal players on the team include Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Mack, and Cameron Jordan. Cal made up nearly half of the count for the Pac-12 (9 total players). Pitt’s four players — Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis, and LeSean McCoy — helped boost the ACC’s total as well.
To keep things simple, this count is based entirely on what conference schools reside right now. A number of players in the NFL may have played in a different conference than where their alma mater currently sits. Rather than go through and break down the list to include the old Big East, all players were counted under their school’s current conference affiliation. Two Division 2 conferences were represented in the count (Bloomsburg’s Jahri Evans for the PSAC and West Alabama’s Tyreek Hill for the Gulf South).
- SEC – 12
- ACC – 11
- Pac-12 – 9
- Big 12 – 6
- Big Ten – 5
- MAC – 3
- American – 2
- MWC – 2
- Independents – 1
- PSAC (D2) – 1
- Gulf South (D2) – 1
Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady joined some rare company by being named to his second all-decade team.
Four-and-a-half months after saving Oklahoma State’s season and four months after his dismissal from Oklahoma State’s football and track programs, return man extraordinnaire Tyreek Hill apparently has a new home.
Hill tweeted Thursday he has joined the club at Akron.
Akron has not offered official word on adding Hill.
Named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2014, Hill was arrested in December on a felony domestic violence complaint. He was dismissed on the same day news of his arrest came to light.
Hill ranked 17th nationally with 256 punt return yards and placed third in the Big 12 with 740 kickoff return yards while posting three combined return scores. He ranked fourth on the club in receiving with 31 grabs for 281 yards and a touchdown and placed second on the team in rushing with 102 carries for 534 yards and a score.
If official, Akron would mark Hill’s third collegiate home; he played at Garden City (Kan.) Community College before his arrival in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State University acted swiftly after learning of a felony complaint of domestic violence against junior Tyreek Hill. Hill will no longer represent the school as a member of the football or track teams.
The school issued a statement to explain its decision:
The decision comes two days after the Big 12 Conference named Hill its Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Hill finished second on the team with 568 rushing yards and fourth with 281 receiving yards. The speedster was also the team’s primary kick and punt returner.
Six days ago, Hill was the hero of the Oklahoma State’s 38-35 overtime victory against the Oklahoma Sooners when he returned a kick 92 yards for the game’s tying score with 45 seconds remaining.
Hill originally came to Stillwater as a highly-regarded four-star recruit from Garden City Community College. The JUCO transfer chose Oklahoma State over offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles and Texas Longhorns.
After a relatively quiet last week and a half or so on the arrest front, business has picked up Friday.
Earlier today, it was reported that Oklahoma State football player Tyreek Hill was arrested on a felony complaint following a domestic dispute. A few hours late, a report has surfaced that a Bowling Green football player is facing his own legal issue.
According to the Toledo Blade, defensive lineman Jhalil Croley was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs and resisting arrest. Because of the arrest, Croley has been indefinitely suspended.
The school also confirmed that Croley will not play in BGSU’s Camellia Bowl matchup with South Alabama Dec. 20.
As for what led to the redshirt sophomore’s arrest and subsequent suspension…
According to the police report, police were called to Croley’s off-campus apartment in response to a loud music complaint. At the door, officers detected an odor of marijuana and asked to enter. Once inside, police found marijuana packaged for sale as well as scales and other paraphernalia.
When officers attempted to arrest Croley, he refused to be handcuffed, resulting in the resisting arrest charge.
Croley is a backup defensive lineman who has played in 12 of 13 games for the MAC East champion Falcons. He started one of those contests.
Last weekend, Tyreek Hill was the hero of Bedlam, sending a game Oklahoma State ultimately won into overtime with a late punt return for a touchdown. Less than a week later, Hill is making headlines for all of the wrong reasons.
According to The Oklahoman, Hills was arrested late Thursday night on a felony complaint of domestic violence. The incident involved Hill’s girlfriend, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The unidentified female told responding officers from the Stillwater Police Department that she and Hill were involved in a verbal altercation that escalated and became physical. After that escalation, the female alleged that Hill hit her in the face and stomach and choked her.
Officially, Hill is facing a “Domestic Abuse by Strangulation” complaint as a result. OSU has yet to address the rather disturbing development, although it would seem that his availability for OSU’s Cactus Bowl game against Washington Jan. 2 is in jeopardy.
The junior, officially listed as an “athlete” on the Cowboys’ official website, came to OSU in January of this year from the JUCO ranks. Wednesday, Hill was named as the Big 12’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
One of the fastest players at the FBS level — after enrolling in January, he won the Big 12 indoor title in the 200 meters — Hill ranked 14th nationally in both punt and kick return average. He was also second on the team in rushing and fourth in receiving yards.