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
#5 | 6-3, 211
|Lettered at OSU: 2001-04|
|High school: Forest Grove HS | Forest Grove, OR|
2004 first team All-Pac-10, 2004 third team Associated Press All-American,
2004 first team ESPN All-American, 2004 Jim Thorpe Semi-finalist, 2003 honorable
mention All-Pac-10, 2001 Sporting News Freshman All-American, played in
2005 Las Vegas All-American Classic
What others say: Oregon State coach Mike Riley - "Mitch is another one of those guys who seems to be around the ball. He is a playmaker. He's got great instincts and gives us a lot of leadership."
Career synopsis: One of the amazing aspects about Mitch Meeuwsen's career is the damage he did despite fighting through injuries for most of his career.
A natural, intelligent athlete with a nose for the ball Meeuwsen tallied honor after honor as soon as he stepped foot on campus.
The Forest Grove High graduate had great football instincts and was named to the 2001 Sporting News Freshman All-American team before nagging injuries slowed him down as a sophomore.
But he returned back to form in 2003 and 2004 grabbing six interceptions in each year. As a junior he was named an all-conference honorable mention pick, and jumped to the first team as a senior after leading the Pac-10 in interceptions.
In his final year at Oregon State he became the school's all-time interception leader (20), was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and made the Associated Press' All-American third team.
Career statistics: 217 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 29 pass breakups, 20 interceptions | 40 consecutive starts
Runner up: Al Afalava (2005-08) - One of the hardest hitters to ever suit up in Corvallis Afalava earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors in 2007 and 2008 while finishing with 167 career tackles. One of his more memorable hits came in the 2007 Civil War when he absolutely leveled a Duck defender in the middle of the field. The clean hit looked so nasty the referees tossed a flag. Coach Riley once said, "I don't need to look, I can tell by the sound of the hit."
Others worth mentioning: Lawrence Turner (2002-03)