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Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Football

The Big Ten features four teams - Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State - inside of Athlon’s top 25 for 2017. These four teams return a good chunk of talent this year, with 14 Buckeyes earning a spot on Athlon’s All-Big Ten team, and the Nittany Lions and Badgers each garnering 12 selections. The Wolverines aren’t far behind with nine picks, but Iowa (10) and Northwestern (11) are just ahead of Jim Harbaugh’s program in overall selections from the All-Big Ten squad.

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Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2017. 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 2017.

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An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2017. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2017 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

Big Ten Football 2017 All-Conference Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Defense

QB

J.T. Barrett Ohio State 

Trace McSorley Penn State 

Wilton Speight Michigan 

Clayton Thorson Northwestern 

RB

Saquon Barkley Penn State 

Rodney Smith Minnesota 

Ty Johnson Maryland 

Markell Jones Purdue 

RB

Justin Jackson Northwestern 

LJ Scott Mich. State 

Chris Evans Michigan 

Bradrick Shaw Wisconsin 

AP

Mike Weber (RB) Ohio State 

Akrum Wadley (RB) Iowa 

Garrett Dickerson Northwestern 

Stanley Morgan (WR) Nebraska 

WR

Nick Westbrook Indiana 

Janarion Grant Rutgers 

Parris Campbell Ohio State 

Matt VandeBerg Iowa 

WR

DaeSean Hamilton Penn State 

Jazz Peavy Wisconsin 

D.J. Moore Maryland 

Malik Turner Illinois 

TE

Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin 

Mike Gesicki Penn State 

Cole Herdman Purdue 

Marcus Baugh Ohio State 

C

Billy Price Ohio State 

James Daniels Iowa 

Kirk Barron Purdue 

Connor McGovern Penn State 

OL

Mason Cole Michigan 

Nick Gates Nebraska 

Christian DiLauro Illinois 

Tommy Doles Northwestern 

OL

Jamarco Jones Ohio State 

Ryan Bates Penn State 

Damian Prince Maryland 

Ben Bredeson Michigan 

OL

Brian Allen Mich. State 

Michael Deiter Wisconsin 

Coy Cronk Indiana 

Garrison Wright Minnesota 

OL

Sean Welsh Iowa 

Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 

Tariq Cole Rutgers 

Boone Myers Iowa 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Maurice Hurst Michigan 

Steven Richardson Minnesota 

Tyler Lancaster Northwestern 

Nathan Bazata Iowa 

DL

Tyquan Lewis Ohio State 

Nick Bosa Ohio State 

Anthony Nelson Iowa 

Torrence Brown Penn State 

DL

Sam Hubbard Ohio State 

Conor Sheehy Wisconsin 

Chase Winovich Michigan 

Bryan Mone Michigan 

DL

Rashan Gary Michigan 

Dre'Mont Jones Ohio State 

Jesse Aniebonam Maryland 

Olive Sagapolu Wisconsin 

LB

Josey Jewell Iowa 

Jack Cichy Wisconsin 

Jermaine Carter Maryland 

Jonathan Celestin Minnesota 

LB

Tegray Scales Indiana 

T.J. Edwards Wisconsin 

Mike McCray Michigan 

Ben Niemann Iowa 

LB

Jerome Baker Ohio State 

Jason Cabinda Penn State 

Chris Frey Mich. State 

Tre Watson Illinois 

CB

Rashard Fant Indiana 

Denzel Ward Ohio State 

Montre Hartage Northwestern 

Antoine Winfield Minnesota 

CB

Chris Jones Nebraska 

Derrick Tindal Wisconsin 

Grant Haley Penn State 

Blessaun Austin Rutgers 

S

Marcus Allen Penn State 

D'Cota Dixon Wisconsin 

Aaron Williams Nebraska 

Manny Rugamba (CB) Iowa 

S

Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern 

Damon Webb Ohio State 

Marcelino Ball Indiana 

Kyle Quiero Northwestern 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Emmit Carpenter Minnesota 

Tyler Davis Penn State 

Drew Brown Nebraska 

Rafael Gaglianone Wisconsin 

P

Blake Gillikin Penn State 

Ryan Santoso Minnesota 

Joe Schopper Purdue 

Hunter Niswander Northwestern 

KR

Janarion Grant Rutgers 

Parris Campbell Ohio State 

Solomon Vault Northwestern 

Tre Bryant Nebraska 

PR

De'Mornay Pierson-El Nebraska 

Janarion Grant Rutgers 

Flynn Nagel Northwestern 

Antonio Shenault Minnesota 

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Illinois

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Indiana

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Iowa

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0  Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Maryland

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0 

Offense: 3 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Michigan

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Michigan State

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Minnesota

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Nebraska

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1  Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Northwestern

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 2

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Ohio State

Offense: 4 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 4 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Penn State

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 3 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Purdue

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Rutgers

Offense: 0 Defense: 0  Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Wisconsin

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 5 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1