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Big Ten Football 2016 All-Conference Team

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Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are projected to be the Big Ten’s top four teams this season, so it should be no surprise these programs dominate the Athlon Sports projected All-Big Ten team for 2016. Michigan leads the way with 13 overall selections, while Iowa and Michigan State rank a close second with 12 picks. Ohio State returns only six starters, but the Buckeyes have a strong showing on Athlon’s projected all-conference team with 10 selections. 

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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 2016.

Related: 2016 Big Ten Predictions

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2016. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2016 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

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Athlon's 2016 All-Big Ten Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

J.T. Barrett Ohio State 

C.J. Beathard Iowa 

Tommy Armstrong Nebraska 

Wes Lunt Illinois 

RB

Saquon Barkley Penn State 

Corey Clement Wisconsin 

Devine Redding Indiana 

LeShun Daniels Iowa 

RB

Justin Jackson Northwestern 

LJ Scott Michigan State 

Mike Weber Ohio State 

Shannon Brooks Minnesota 

AP

Jordan Westerkamp (WR) Nebraska 

Curtis Samuel  Ohio State 

Ke'Shawn Vaughn Illinois 

Markell Jones Purdue 

WR

Jehu Chesson Michigan 

Simmie Cobbs Indiana 

R.J. Shelton Michigan State 

Malik Turner Illinois 

WR

Chris Godwin Penn State 

Amara Darboh Michigan 

Matt VandeBerg Iowa 

D.J. Moore Maryland 

TE

Jake Butt Michigan 

Josiah Price Michigan State 

Brandon Lingen Minnesota  

George Kittle Iowa 

C

Pat Elflein Ohio State 

Michael Deiter Wisconsin 

Dylan Utter Nebraska  

Michael Dunn Maryland 

OL

Brian Allen Michigan State 

Cole Croston Iowa 

Christian DiLauro Illinois 

Jordan Roos Purdue 

OL

Mason Cole Michigan 

Nick Gates Nebraska 

Kodi Kieler Michigan State 

Blake Hance Northwestern 

OL

Sean Welsh Iowa 

Erik Magnuson Michigan 

Andrew Nelson Penn State 

Dimitric Camiel Indiana 

OL

Dan Feeney Indiana 

Billy Price Ohio State 

Jonah Pirsig Minnesota 

Kyle Kalis Michigan 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Malik McDowell Michigan State 

Taco Charlton Michigan 

Darius Hamilton Rutgers 

Freedom Akinmoladun Nebraska 

DL

Tyquan Lewis Ohio State 

Jaleel Johnson Iowa 

Demetrius Cooper Michigan State 

Parker Hesse Iowa 

DL

Sam Hubbard Ohio State 

Garrett Sickels Penn State 

Tyler Lancaster Northwestern 

Bryan Mone Michigan 

DL

Chris Wormley Michigan 

Dawuane Smoot Illinois 

Jake Replogle Purdue 

Olive Sagapolu Wisconsin 

LB

Raekwon McMillan Ohio State 

Vince Biegel Wisconsin 

Hardy Nickerson Illinois 

Brandon Bell Penn State 

LB

Jabrill Peppers Michigan 

Riley Bullough Michigan State 

Jason Cabinda Penn State 

Jack Lynn Minnesota 

LB

Anthony Walker Northwestern 

Josey Jewell Iowa 

T.J. Edwards Wisconsin 

Marcus Oliver Indiana 

CB

Desmond King Iowa 

Gareon Conley Ohio State 

Matthew Harris Northwestern 

Vayante Copeland Michigan State 

CB

Jourdan Lewis Michigan 

William Likely Maryland 

Sojourn Shelton Wisconsin 

Grant Haley Penn State 

S

Nate Gerry Nebraska 

Marcus Allen Penn State 

Jonathan Crawford Indiana 

Demetrious Cox Michigan State 

S

Montae Nicholson Michigan State 

Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 

Damarius Travis Minnesota 

Taylor Barton Illinois 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Griffin Oakes Indiana 

Drew Brown Nebraska 

Ryan Santoso Minnesota 

Rafael Gaglianone Wisconsin 

P

Cameron Johnston Ohio State 

Sam Foltz Nebraska 

Jake Hartbarger Michigan State 

Joe Schopper Purdue 

KR

Janarion Grant Rutgers 

Solomon Vault Northwestern 

Desmond King Iowa 

Jourdan Lewis Michigan 

PR

William Likely Maryland 

Desmond King Iowa 

De'Mornay Pierson-El Nebraska 

Jabrill Peppers Michigan 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2016 All-Big Ten Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Illinois

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0 

Offense: 0  Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Indiana

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Iowa

Offense: 1  Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1  Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Maryland

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense:  1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Michigan

Offense: 3 Defense: 3 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 2

Michigan State

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Minnesota

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Nebraska

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 2

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Northwestern

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Ohio State

Offense: 2 Defense: 3 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Penn State

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Purdue

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Rutgers

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Wisconsin

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Sp. Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Sp. Teams: 1