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Five Big Ten players named AP All-Americans

12/16/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

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