Best All Time College Football Cornerback

I think the all time best cornerback in college football history is Charles Woodson. He is the only primarily defensive player to ever win the Heisman trophy. He did return kicks and punts and played wide receiver occasionally which some people credit to him winning the Heisman but it was mostly his defensive plays.

In 1995, he was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year with a team leading 5 interceptions and eight takeaways. His sophomore year he was a finalist for the Thorpe Award and tied Michigan’s record for pass breakups with 15.

In 97, he won the Heisman Trophy (beat out Peyton Manning), the Jim Thorpe, and the Bronko Nagurski award which is awarded to the best defensive player. He was named to All Big Ten First team for the third year in a row. In 1997, he helped lead Michigan to an undefeated season and a share of the National Championship.

1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.
1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson. Thanks to for the picture. Source: wobbly85

Two of his most outstanding moments in the field came during his freshman and junior years. His freshman year he had two key interceptions to lead the Wolverines to victory over the #2 Buckeyes. In his junior year, he had an amazing one-handed interception against the Spartans. In his junior year he also had a punt return for a touchdown, an interception, and a 37 yard reception against the Buckeyes leading to a Rose Bowl bid. Michigan beat Washington State in the Rose Bowl with Woodson recording an interception.

Charles Woodson.
Charles Woodson. Thanks to for the picture. Source: Rodney Buike

Charles Woodson was a first round, fourth pick selection in the Pro Football Draft by the Oakland Raiders. After one year in the NFL he won NFL Rookie Defenseman of the Year.

With all of his stats, his share in a National Championship win, and his ability to make key plays in clutch times, Charles Woodson has to be considered as the top cornerback in NCAA Division 1 college football history.

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