Two from B1G are midseason All-Americans

October, 17, 2012
10/17/12
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ESPN.com's midseason All-America team is out, and two Big Ten players made it: Ohio State left tackle Jack Mewhort and Northwestern's Kain Colter, who was named as the team's all-purpose player.

Here is what Mark Schlabach wrote about Mewhort:
After losing his scholarship this summer because of an offseason arrest, Mewhort has regained new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's trust and emerged as Ohio State's most consistent lineman. Mewhort, a junior from Toledo, Ohio, leads an OSU offensive line that paved the way for 724 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns the past two games. Undefeated Ohio State is averaging 263.6 rushing yards and has scored 23 rushing touchdowns.

And on Colter:
Colter, a junior from Denver, opened the season as the Wildcats' starting quarterback. After starting under center as a true quarterback the first four games, he moved into a "slash" role against Indiana on Sept. 29. He had 161 rushing yards with a school-record four touchdowns and caught nine passes for 131 yards in a 44-29 victory. Colter is Northwestern's second-leading rusher with 421 yards and eight touchdowns, second-leading passer with 432 yards and two scores and sixth-leading receiver with 13 catches for 152 yards.

The Big Ten is lightly represented on the All-America team, which likely owes to the league's poor showing and perception so far this season. Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and Iowa kicker Mike Meyer are two players who should be mentioned as possible first-team All-Americans for the way they've played the first half of the season. Same goes for Braxton Miller, though the Ohio State star has stiff competition at quarterback with West Virginia's Geno Smith putting up ridiculous stats.

If you thought in the preseason that Mewhort and Colter would be the league's only All-Americans at the midway point, you must own quite a crystal ball.

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