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
#99 | 6-1, 295
|Lettered at OSU: 1999-2002|
|High school: Dominguez HS | Compton, CA|
2002 first team
All-Pac-10, 2001 first team All-Pac-10,
played in 2003
East-West Shrine Game
What others say: Former Oregon State defensive line coach Michael Gray - "Eric is the most talented guy I have had at Oregon State. He has the physical skills to get it done." | Former Beaver linebacker Nick Barnett - "He is a force to be reckoned with in the trenches."
Career synopsis: One of the few two-time first team All-Pac-10 picks in school history Eric Manning was a rock in the middle.
Surprisingly Edwards came to Corvallis as an offensive lineman and originally wanted to play linebacker, but there was only a scholarship available for a defensive tackle.
With powerful legs, a great first step and his ability to disengage from blocks he dominated the inside of the field. In his upperclassman years teams were required to double team Manning to keep him from making too many plays.
Manning, who took over starting duties as a sophomore in 2000, relished mixing it up in the trenches while Beaver linebacker greats Richard Seigler and Nick Barnett wracked up the tackles.
As stated in a previous article, the Manning/Dwan Edwards combination in 2001 and 2002 is one of the best defensive tackle combinations in school history.
Career statistics: 118 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks | 36 consecutive starts
Runner up: Sir Henry Anderson (2001-05) - After grabbing 35 tackles, 11 for loss including 4.5 sacks, and three pass breakups Anderson was named a 2005 second team all conference pick. Anderson was a run stopping specialist with a mean streak.
Others worth mentioning: Ben Siegert (2003-06), Pernell Booth (2005-08)