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 OSUBeavers.com.
BF.C All-Decade Team
#54 | 6-1, 298
|Lettered at OSU: 2008-current|
|High school: Timpview HS | Provo, UT|
2009 first team All-Pac-10, 2009 Morris Trophy recipient, 2008 honorable
What others say: Former Oregon State offensive guard Adam Speer - "He's pretty much the complete package. He's a power rusher, and he's a finesse guy. He can work different moves or he'll just bull right through you. You never know what he's going to bring."
Career synopsis: "The Hulk" is a fitting name for 2009 Morris Trophy winner Stephen Paea. The Tongan player is one of the strongest players in the Conference of Champions as he benches over 525 pounds and squats over 720 pounds.
That natural strength and the ability to pick up schemes quickly has pushed him into one of the better tackles in all of college football.
Amazingly Paea started playing football just four years ago as a senior in high school. He attended one season at Snow Community College before transferring to Oregon State where he earned a starting spot as a sophomore.
In his first year of Pac-10 football he was one of the biggest surprises in the Pac-10 creating havoc in the middle of the field and earning honorable mention all conference honors.
As one of the top players on the Orange and Black side of the ball Paea faced double and even triple teams as a junior, but still managed to get in the backfield on a regular basis.
Paea earned first team All-Pac-10 honors and was named the winner of the 2009 Morris Trophy which is given to the top defensive lineman as voted on by the Pac-10 starting offensive linemen.
Paea has the chance to become the first Oregon State lineman to earn back to back first team all-conference honors since Eric Manning did it in 2001 and 2002.
There is also a high chance that Paea could repeat as the Morris Trophy winner which would make him only the third player in Pac-10 history to earn the award in back to back seasons (UW Steve Emtman 1990/92, USC's Sedrick Ellis, 2006/07).
Career statistics: 84 tackles, 19.5 for loss, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles
Runner up: Dwan Edwards (1999-2003) - A second team All-Pac-10 pick in 2003 Edwards did a superb job of clogging up the middle during his time in Corvallis. Vastly underrated Edwards was a run stopping specialist, but was surprisingly agile for 300-pounds. The Edwards/Eric Manning combination is one of the best, if not the best, defensive tackle combinations in school history.
Others worth mentioning: Curtis Coker (2004-07)