CHOOSING AN ALL-DECADE team is a difficult task and that most assuredly extends to the Beaver running backs, of whom there are several worthy of consideration. This back earned All-America honors in both his years as a starter...and it's all part of 27 articles in 29 days as BF.C unveils its all-decade team.

NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit

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BF.C All-Decade Team

| 6-3, 233
Lettered at OSU: 2001-03
High school: El Dorado HS | Las Vegas, NV
Awards/All-conference: 2003 first team All-Pac-10 (unanimous), 2003 third team Associated Press All-American, 2003 Las Vegas Bowl Offensive MVP, 2002 first team All-Pac-10, 2002 third team All-American

What others say:  Cal coach Jeff Tedford - "Great, great player. You just don't bring him down with one guy and with an arm tackle. You know he's got great speed when he does hit the corner or find the crease, and he can get around and go. He's a tremendous running back."

Career synopsis:  Besides being selected to just about everyone's All-Pac-10 decade teams, Steven Jackson is arguably the best running back to ever play in Corvallis -- and one of the best of all-time in the Pac-10.

Jackson combined a physical, bruising presence with top notch speed to lead the conference in rushing in 2002 (1,690) and 2003 (1,545).  He is the only player to lead the conference in rushing twice this decade.

In 36 games Jackson topped the 100-yard mark 19 times while rushing for 200 or more yards four times.

The El Dorado Kid became the first player from Oregon State to leave early for the NFL after scoring five touchdowns against New Mexico in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl.

Despite starting just two years he finished his career with 3,625 rushing yards, good for 10th on the Pac-10 career rushing list.  His 1,690 yards in 2002 is the most in school history and the sixth most in conference history.

Career statistics: 743 carries for 3,625 yards (4.9 ypc) and 39 touchdowns | 66 catches for 680 yards and six touchdowns | 7 kickoff returns for 240 yards and one touchdown

Runner up: Ken Simonton (1998-01) - Forever a fan favorite and one of the great running backs in school history Simonton concluded his career with a school record 5,044 yards, good for second in the conference, and is one of six players in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in three different seasons.  When he left OSU, he held 25 school career records, including 11 rushing marks, and topped the 100-plus yard mark 26 times in 46-games. 

Others worth mentioning: Yvenson Bernard (2004-07), Jacquizz Rodgers (2008-current)

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