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Preseason All-Big 10 Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:07 PM (permalink)


QB: Connor Cook, Michigan StateBraxton Miller's injury opened up this spot on the first team. Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and Indiana's Nate Sudfeldwere potential choices here too, but Cook's Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl MVP finish earn him the nod. 

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin: Well, sure. He could lead the nation in rushing, unless ... 

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska: ... Abdullah, his good friend, beats him to it. In a league blessed with great running backs, these two stand out the most. 

WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland: There is a lot of uncertainty in the Big Ten at receiver heading into 2014. This much is certain: If Diggs can stay healthy, he'll be one of the nation's best. 

WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana: Wynn scored more touchdowns than any other Big Ten receiver the past season, and now he steps into a more featured role. 

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan: Funchess might play wide receiver almost exclusively, in which case this should be viewed as a third wide receiver spot on the team. The matchup nightmare looks poised for a big season. 

OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa: He might just be the best left tackle in college football in 2014. He's definitely got NFL scouts drooling. 

OT: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin: An enormous road grader at right tackle. Trying to shed him and catch Melvin Gordon is just not fair. 

OG: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers: He thought about leaving for the NFL after the past season but instead gave the Scarlet Knights a boost by returning. He has started 37 straight games. 

OG: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin: He could be the next rising star in Wisconsin's offensive lineman factory. 

C: Jack Allen, Michigan State: A second-team All-Big Ten pick the past season, the former high school wrestling champion has no let up in his game. 


DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State: He’s the returning Big Ten defensive lineman of the year and could become the conference’s defensive player of the year in 2014, unless ... 

DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska: ... Gregory edges him out for the honor. The pass-rush specialist outpaced Calhoun in sacks (10.5) the past season, and Bo Pelini said Gregory has “only scratched the surface of what he’s going to be down the line.” 

DT: Michael Bennett, Ohio State: He anchors the best defensive line in the conference and was named to the All-Big Ten’s second team last season. 

DT: Carl Davis, Iowa: He still thinks Scherff would get the best of him if they squared off, but Athlon thought highly enough of Davis to make him a fourth-team preseason All-American. 

LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern: The quiet Ariguzo likes to let his play do the talking, and it chatted up a storm this past season -- to the tune of 106 tackles and four interceptions. 

LB: Mike Hull, Penn State: He was a coin-flip from transferring to Pittsburgh during the sanctions, but now he’s the leader of this revamped defense. 

LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan: Ryan shocked onlookers last season by taking less than seven months to go from ACL surgery to playing in a Big Ten game. Hopes are higher now for the healthy redshirt senior, as he has registered a stop in the backfield in 25 of his past 30 games. 

CB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State: He’s taking over at Darqueze Dennard's boundary cornerback position, but he’s up for the challenge. He’s already on the watch lists for the Bednarik and Thorpe awards. 

CB: Blake Countess, Michigan: He tied for the Big Ten lead in interceptions (6) the past season -- despite battling lower abdominal pain most of the year. 

S: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State: The blue-collar DB started 21 straight games and was a Sports Illustrated All-American the past season. 

S: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern: A smart and instinctive player, Campbell has been remarkably consistent for the Wildcats. He’s a three-time all-academic B1G player and has eight career interceptions. 

Special teams 

K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State: As a freshman in 2013, he made 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts. 

P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State: An All-American in 2013, Sadler combines with Geiger to give the Spartans the best 1-2 kicking tandem in the league. 

KR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska: He led the Big Ten in return yardage the past season (averaging 26.5 yards per kick) and took one 99 yards for a touchdown at Penn State. 

PR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa: He averaged 15.7 yards per return in 2013 and scored on two punt returns in the same game. 

Selections by school: 

Michigan State: 7 
Iowa: 3 
Michigan: 3 
Nebraska: 3 
Wisconsin: 3 
Northwestern: 2 
Indiana: 1 
Maryland: 1 
Ohio State: 1 
Penn State: 1 
Rutgers: 1 
Illinois: 0 
Minnesota: 0 
Purdue: 0

Countess is Preseason All-Big 10 yet he's not even starting on his own team? That's a neat trick...
1 O$U player and yet they are (were) a top 5 team and in the national championship conversation?
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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 8:21 AM (permalink)
It's a preseason list so obviously whatever, but I found the QB "potential choices" mentions amusing: 
Quarterback A: 208/345 (60.3%) for 2960 yards, 8.5 yds/attempt, 21 TDs, 11 INTs 
Quarterback B: 223/380 (58.7%) for 2755 yards, 7.25 yds/attempt, 22 TDs, 6 INTs
Quarterback C: 231/392 (58.9%) for 2955 yards, 7.54 yds/attempt, 20 TDs, 10 INTs
Quarterback D: 194/322 (60.2%) for 2523 yards, 7.84 yds/attempt, 21 TDs, 9 INTs
A: Gardner
B: Cook
C: Hackenberg
D: Sudfeld
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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 8:37 AM (permalink)
Back in the 90's, our entire offensive line were probably preseason all big 10.  Let's get back to that.
Also, Hagerup is going to be murdering balls this season.  As much as I hope we never punt, I can't wait to see him get a hold of a few.


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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 8:54 AM (permalink)
Moo u has 7???? JHC what is wrong with this world!
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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 11:53 AM (permalink)
If Cook is the All-Big 10 QB this year...the entire conference is in trouble.

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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 3:45 PM (permalink)

If Cook is the All-Big 10 QB this year...the entire conference is in trouble.

Go Blue!!

Pretty much.  He was such a question mark at the beginning of last season--and even a few weeks in--and now he's All-B1G?  (As an aside, what's it like to have players on your offense develop over time?)  
MooU had a great year in 2013, but they are probably getting too much love heading into 2014.  Definitely not looking forward to playing them in EL again this year, but they haven't really had to play up to high expectations, so it will be interesting to see how they respond this year.

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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 4:07 PM (permalink)
Cook make enormous leaps in improvement throughout the season, crazy for us to comprehend as Michigan fans I know. By the time the Spartan's faced off against Ohio State in the title game the playbook was open and Cook was the best QB in the conference. It was not Big 10 fluke either, Cook lit up a top 10 scoring defense in Stanford in the Rose bowl to the tune of 300+ yds, 61% completion, and 2 TDs. He's projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick by most lists and that could rise depending on the year he has.
Cook badly outplayed Devin Gardner when the two matched up, he badly outplayed Braxton Miller, he badly outplayed Kevin Hogan who could be a 1st round pick. Take the kid lightly at your own peril. 
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Re:Preseason All-Big 10 Friday, August 22, 2014 5:45 PM (permalink)
I'm sorry Gardner was getting pumped that game
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