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Athlon Names Elvis Dumervil One Of The 50 Best Players Of The BCS Era

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This is one of those impossible to accurately construct activities of college football's endless offseason, but I suppose if you were going to select one Cardinal from the BCS era, it would probably have to be Elvis Dumervil. The man finished 2005 as a first team All-American in the eyes of the AP, Sports Illustrated, Walter Camp and the AFC, easily the best resume of any Cardinal over the past 15 years.

46. Elvis Dumervil, DE, Louisville (2002-05)
After a slow first two seasons in Louisville, Dumervil burst onto the national scene with a 10-sack junior campaign. That was only a glimpse of things to come, however, as Dumervil posted one of the greatest single-seasons in NCAA history. As a senior, he set the NCAA record with six sacks against Kentucky and broke Dwight Freeney's Big East single-season record with 20 sacks. He also set the NCAA record with 10 forced fumbles and claimed Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Nagurski, Hendricks and consensus All-American honors. He finished 10th in the Heisman voting.

I'll admit to being a bit surprised that Teddy didn't pop up somewhere in the 51-100 range, especially when guys like Russell Wilson and Phillip Rivers did. I suppose there might be a pro bias in exercises like these, but like I said, they're always going to be impossible to perform accurately.