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Tech Decade: Hokies' Best Defensive Player of the Aughts

The 00s are almost over and its time to decide the best moments and players from the last 10 seasons. Every day this week you readers will decide your favorite game, win, offensive and defensive player and team from those seasons.

Which Tech defensive player was the best of the 00s? You decide. Here are the nominees:

DeAngelo Hall (2001-2003) - Arguably the best athlete Bud Foster has ever had on defense. Hall had 172 tackles, eight interceptions and returned four punts for touchdowns in three seasons for the Hokies. He was also a shut-down corner who was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2003.

Darryl Tapp (2002-2005) - Was named first team All-ACC in 2004 and 2005 and finished his career with 187 tackles and 21.5 sacks. He had 18.5 sacks his junior and senior year.

Xavier Adibi (2004-2007) - Had 291 tackles, 11 sacks and seven interceptions in his four years at Tech. Was first-team All-ACC in 2007 and was voted a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Helped lead the Hokies to two ACC championships in 2004 and 2007.

Brandon Flowers (2004-2007) - Maybe the best all-around cornerback the Hokies have seen, Flowers was both an outstanding cover corner and run-stopper from the boundary side. Finished his career with 158 tackles and 10 interceptions.