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Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team

Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions Football

Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions Football

Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State are considered the favorites to contend for the Big Ten title in 2018, so it’s no surprise all five teams lead the way for most selections on Athlon’s 2018 All-Big Ten Team. The Wolverines have 14 all-conference picks, with Wisconsin and Ohio State tied for second at 12. Michigan State is next with 11, followed by Penn State at nine.

Michigan State Spartans QB Brian Lewerke

Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2018. 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 2018.

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An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2018. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2018 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

Big Ten Football 2018 All-Conference Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Trace McSorley Penn State 

Brian Lewerke Mich. State 

Shea Patterson Michigan 

Alex Hornibrook Wisconsin 

RB

Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin 

Karan Higdon Michigan 

Miles Sanders Penn State 

Jeremy Larkin Northwestern 

RB

J.K. Dobbins Ohio State 

LJ Scott Mich. State 

Mike Weber Ohio State 

Tre Bryant Nebraska 

AP

JD Spielman Nebraska 

Rodney Smith (RB) Minnesota 

Ty Johnson Maryland 

Taivon Jacobs (WR) Maryland 

WR

Felton Davis Mich. State 

Parris Campbell Ohio State 

Quintez Cephus Wisconsin 

Nick Westbrook Indiana 

WR

Stanley Morgan Nebraska 

Juwan Johnson Penn State 

Tyler Johnson Minnesota 

Tarik Black Michigan 

TE

Noah Fant Iowa 

Sean McKeon Michigan 

Louis Dorsey Illinois 

Brycen Hopkins Purdue 

C

Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin 

Kirk Barron Purdue 

Keegan Render Iowa 

Connor McGovern Penn State 

OL

David Edwards Wisconsin 

Ryan Bates Penn State 

David Beedle Mich. State 

Coy Cronk Indiana 

OL

Michael Deiter Wisconsin 

Ben Bredeson Michigan 

Tariq Cole Rutgers 

Donnell Greene Minnesota 

OL

Michael Jordan Ohio State 

Isaiah Prince Ohio State 

Jerald Foster Nebraska 

Nick Allegretti Illinois 

OL

Beau Benzschawel Wisconsin 

Tommy Doles Northwestern 

Derwin Gray Maryland 

Cesar Ruiz Michigan 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Nick Bosa Ohio State 

Kenny Willekes Mich. State 

Carter Coughlin Minnesota 

Parker Hesse Iowa 

DL

Rashan Gary Michigan 

Shareef Miller Penn State 

Olive Sagapolu Wisconsin 

A.J. Epenesa Iowa 

DL

Chase Winovich Michigan 

Anthony Nelson Iowa 

Mick Stoltenberg Nebraska 

Samdup Miller Northwestern 

DL

Dre'Mont Jones Ohio State 

Joe Gaziano Northwestern 

Chase Young Ohio State 

Jesse Aniebonam Maryland 

LB

Devin Bush Michigan 

Joe Bachie Mich. State 

Thomas Barber Minnesota 

Lorenzo Neal Purdue 

LB

T.J. Edwards Wisconsin 

Markus Bailey Purdue 

Ryan Connelly Wisconsin 

Del'Shawn Phillips Illinois 

LB

Khaleke Hudson Michigan 

Paddy Fisher Northwestern 

Nate Hall Northwestern 

Trevor Morris Rutgers 

CB

Lavert Hill Michigan 

Amani Oruwariye Penn State 

Jeffrey Okudah Ohio State 

Justin Layne Mich. State 

CB

David Long Michigan 

Montre Hartage Northwestern 

Josiah Scott Mich. State 

Blessuan Austin Rutgers 

S

D'Cota Dixon Wisconsin 

David Dowell Mich. State 

Antoine Brooks Maryland 

Navon Mosley Purdue 

S

Jordan Fuller Ohio State 

Jonathan Crawford Indiana 

Antoine Winfield Minnesota 

Bennett Williams Illinois 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Rafael Gaglianone Wisconsin 

Quinn Nordin Michigan 

Miguel Recinos Iowa 

Matt Coghlin Mich. State 

P

Drue Chrisman Ohio State 

Blake Gillikin Penn State 

Joe Schopper Purdue 

Jake Hartbarger Mich. State 

KR

Parris Campbell Ohio State 

JD Spielman Nebraska 

Ty Johnson Maryland 

Solomon Vault Northwestern 

PR

DeAndre Thompkins Penn State 

Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan 

J-Shun Harris Indiana 

Mike Dudek Illinois 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2018 All-Big Ten Team

 

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: 2
Special Teams: 1

Indiana

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Iowa

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 0

Maryland

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Michigan

Offense: 0
Defense: 6
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 2

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Michigan State

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2
Defense: 3
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 2

Minnesota

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 3
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Nebraska

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Northwestern

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 3
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 1

Ohio State

Offense: 2
Defense: 3
Special Teams: 2

Offense: 2
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Penn State

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 2
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Purdue

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 1
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 0

Rutgers

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 0

Wisconsin

Offense: 5
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 2
Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1
Defense: 0
Special Teams: 0