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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis led a group of five Big Ten players to earn AP first-team All-America honors. Laurainaitis became Ohio State's first three-time AP All-American since safety Mike Doss (2000-02).
Buckeyes cornerback Malcolm Jenkins joined Laurinaitis on the All-America team, along with Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin, Iowa running back Shonn Greene and Michigan State running back Javon Ringer.
The Big Ten had the third-highest total of first-team All-Americans behind the SEC (8) and the Big 12 (7).
Penn State center A.Q. Shipley and Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King made the AP's second team, while Penn State guard Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams and Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis made the third team.
Here's the Big Ten breakdown:
AP first-team All-Americans
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis
Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins
Iowa running back Shonn Greene
Michigan State running back Javon Ringer
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin
AP second-team All-Americans
Penn State center A.Q. Shipley
Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King
AP third-team All-Americans
Penn State guard Rich Ohrnberger
Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams
Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis
3dDan Murphy and Mitch Sherman
4dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
4dMitch Sherman and Dan Murphy