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Big Ten Football 2015 All-Conference Team

Connor Cook

Connor Cook

Ohio State is the favorite to win college football’s 2015 national championship, and a quick glance at Athlon’s projected All-Big Ten shows how loaded coach Urban Meyer’s team is for this year. The Buckeyes place nine players on the first team, including projected starting quarterback Cardale Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Athlon Sports released its full predictions for the Big Ten last week. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2015.

Related: 2015 Big Ten Predictions

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2015. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2015 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

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Athlon's 2015 All-Big Ten Team

 

First-Team
Offense

Second-Team
Offense

Third-Team
Offense

Fourth-Team
Offense

QB

Cardale Jones
Ohio State 

Connor Cook
Michigan State 

Christian Hackenberg
Penn State 

Wes Lunt
Illinois 

RB

Ezekiel Elliott
Ohio State 

Justin Jackson
Northwestern 

Josh Ferguson
Illinois 

Ty Isaac
Michigan 

RB

Corey Clement
Wisconsin 

Jordan Howard
Indiana 

Akeel Lynch
Penn State 

Terrell Newby
Nebraska 

AP

De'Mornay Pierson-El
Nebraska 

Curtis Samuel
Ohio State 

Dan Vitale (TE)
Northwestern 

Amara Darboh (WR)
Michigan  

WR

Leonte Carroo
Rutgers 

Michael Thomas
Ohio State 

Jordan Westerkamp
Nebraska 

Geronimo Allison
Illinois 

WR

DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State 

Jalin Marshall
Ohio State 

Alex Erickson
Wisconsin 

Aaron Burbridge
Michigan State 

TE

Josiah Price
Michigan State  

Jake Butt
Michigan 

Nick Vannett
Ohio State 

Kyle Carter
Penn State 

C

Jack Allen
Michigan State 

Dan Voltz
Wisconsin 

Austin Blythe
Iowa 

Robert Kugler
Purdue 

OG

Pat Elflein
Ohio State 

Dan Feeney
Indiana 

Ted Karras
Illinois 

Brian Allen
Michigan State 

OG

Tyler Marz (OT)
Wisconsin 

Josh Campion
Minnesota 

Jordan Walsh
Iowa 

Chris Muller
Rutgers 

OT

Taylor Decker
Ohio State 

Alex Lewis
Nebraska 

Keith Lumpkin
Rutgers 

Jacoby Boren (C)
Ohio State 

OT

Jack Conklin
Michigan State 

Jason Spriggs
Indiana 

Andrew Nelson
Penn State 

Mason Cole
Michigan 

 

First-Team
Defense

Second-Team
Defense

Third-Team
Defense

Fourth-Team
Defense

DE

Joey Bosa
Ohio State 

Drew Ott
Iowa 

Jihad Ward
Illinois 

Kemoko Turay
Rutgers 

DE

Shilique Calhoun
Michigan State 

Yannick Ngakoue
Maryland 

Lawrence Thomas
Michigan State  

Dean Lowry
Northwestern 

DT

Anthony Zettel
Penn State 

Adolphus Washington
Ohio State 

Austin Johnson
Penn State 

Theiren Cockran (DE)
Minnesota  

DT

Maliek Collins
Nebraska 

Darius Hamilton
Rutgers 

Vincent Valentine
Nebraska 

Malik McDowell
Michigan State 

LB

Darron Lee
Ohio State 

Ed Davis
Michigan State 

Mason Monheim
Illinois 

James Ross III
Michigan 

LB

Joshua Perry
Ohio State 

Nyeem Wartman
Penn State 

Steve Longa
Rutgers 

De'Vondre Campbell
Minnesota 

LB

Vince Biegel
Wisconsin 

Raekwon McMillan
Ohio State 

Ja'Whaun Bentley
Purdue 

Joe Schobert
Wisconsin  

CB

William Likely
Maryland 

Eric Murray
Minnesota 

Darius Hillary
Wisconsin 

Desmond King
Iowa 

CB

Eli Apple
Ohio State 

Briean Boddy-Calhoun
Minnesota 

Nick VanHoose
Northwestern 

Sojourn Shelton
Wisconsin 

S

Vonn Bell
Ohio State 

Nate Gerry
Nebraska 

Jabrill Peppers
Michigan 

Tyvis Powell
Ohio State 

S

Michael Caputo
Wisconsin 

Jordan Lucas
Penn State  

Frankie Williams
Purdue 

Jordan Lomax
Iowa 

 

First-Team
Specialists

Second-Team
Specialists

Third-Team
Specialists

Fourth-Team
Specialists

K

Brad Craddock
Maryland 

Rafael Gaglianone
Wisconsin 

Paul Griggs
Purdue 

Jack Mitchell
Northwestern 

P

Peter Mortell
Minnesota 

Cameron Johnston
Ohio State 

Sam Foltz
Nebraska 

Blake O'Neill
Michigan 

KR

Janarion Grant
Rutgers 

R.J. Shelton
Michigan State 

Jalen Myrick
Minnesota 

William Likely
Maryland 

PR

De'Mornay Pierson-El
Nebraska 

Jalin Marshall
Ohio State 

William Likely
Maryland 

Frankie Williams
Purdue 


Related: 2015 Big Ten Predictions

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2015 All-Big Ten Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Illinois

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Indiana

Offense: 0Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Iowa

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Maryland

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 1

Michigan

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Michigan State

Offense: 3Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Minnesota

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Nebraska

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Northwestern

Offense: 0Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 1

Ohio State

Offense: 4Defense: 5Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 1Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Penn State

Offense: 1Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 3Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Purdue

Offense: 0Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Rutgers

Offense: 1Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Wisconsin

Offense: 2Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1Defense: 0Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0Defense: 2Sp. Teams: 0