Best of the decade: CBs

Best of the decade: CBs

This is the 13th in a series of articles ranking Tennessee's best players of the decade 2000-2009. Today's focus: Cornerbacks.

1. ANDRE LOTT: Exceptional in run support, he sandwiched two years as a starting cornerback (1999 and 2001) around a year as the starting strong safety (2000). The 5-10, 190-pounder was voted a team captain as a senior and earned All-SEC honors that fall by recording 55 tackles and 7 pass breakups. He had 45 tackles and 10 PBU as a junior. Lott finished his college career with 152 career tackles, 22 PBU and 2 interceptions. A fifth-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, he played five years in the pros.

2. JABARI GREER: A starting corner in 2001, 2002 and 2003, this 5-10, 175-pounder also won an NCAA championship as a hurdler in track. He recorded 38 tackles and 14 pass breakups as a sophomore, 28 stops and 14 PBU as a junior, then 58 tackles and 3 PBU as a senior. He finished his UT career with 147 tackles, 33 PBU and 2 interceptions but was overlooked in the 2004 NFL Draft. Undaunted, he signed a free-agent contract and has blossomed into one of The League's better corners. He won a Super Bowl championship ring with the Saints last winter.

3. JONATHAN WADE: Quite possibly Tennessee's most gifted corner of the decade, Wade wasted a year as a wide receiver, then further slowed his development by missing spring practice to run track prior to his sophomore and junior years. After posting 32 tackles and 5 pass breakups as a junior starter in 2006, he focused on football prior to his senior season and blossomed into a star. Wade's final year saw him post 52 tackles, 13 pass breakups and 4 interceptions. The 5-10, 190-pounder finished his college career with 112 tackles, 19 PBU and 6 interceptions. A third-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, he now plays for the Detroit Lions.

4. INQUORIS JOHNSON: After starting the last six games of 2005 as a sophomore, "Inky" suffered such catastrophic nerve damage vs. Air Force in Game 2 of '06 that it essentially rendered his right arm useless. Forced to miss the rest of his junior year and all of his senior year, the 5-9, 180-pounder continues rehabilitating to regain use of the arm to this day. Johnson started just eight games in his brief career but notched 41 tackles, 10 PBU and an interception.

5A. DeANGELO WILLINGHAM: Blessed with excellent size at 6-0 and 200 pounds, this junior college transfer started at cornerback in 2007 and 2008. He recorded 38 tackles and 3 pass breakups as a junior, 42 stops, 4 PBU and 3 interceptions as a senior.

5B. WILLIE MILES: He recorded 37 tackles and 10 pass breakups as a starter in 2000, then sat out 2001 following wrist surgery. He reclaimed his starting job in 2002 but not his previous form. The 6-0, 180-pound Texan registered 25 stops and 5 PBU as a senior, finishing his UT career with 81 stops, 15 PBU and 3 interceptions.

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