Wednesday, June 1, 2011
B1G players on Steele All-America teams
By ESPN.com staff
Phil Steele has released his 2011 preseason All-America teams, and it's time to take a look at the Big Ten players who made the lists.
First team All-America
Second team All-America
- Ohio State C Mike Brewster
- Nebraska DT Jared Crick
- Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard
Third team All-America
- Michigan C David Molk
- Michigan DT Mike Martin
- Nebraska LB Lavonte David
Fourth team All-America
- Michigan State RB Edwin Baker
- Wisconsin RB Montee Ball
- Michigan State G Joel Foreman
- Iowa T Riley Reiff
- Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy
- Ohio State DE Nathan Williams
My thoughts: The Big Ten didn't represent too well overall, as leagues like the SEC (26), ACC (18) and Pac-10 (17) all had more All-America selections. Then again, I think his overall list is pretty solid. ... It's interesting that of the six Big Ten players on the first two teams, three are from new Big Ten member Nebraska and two are from Michigan. ... If it wasn't clear already, the defensive tackle spot is absolutely loaded in the Big Ten this season. Center also looks strong with six players on the Rimington Trophy watch list. ... I'm a little surprised not to see a Big Ten offensive lineman on either the first or second team. To me, Reiff could be one of the top contenders for the Outland Trophy, won by a Big Ten tackle (Gabe Carimi) in 2010. ... Steele really likes McNutt to have a big season for Iowa. McNutt certainly has next-level skills and the ability to stretch the field. It will be interesting to see how he performs as the clear-cut No. 1 receiver for the Hawkeyes. ... Wide receiver and cornerback are positions where I expected the Big Ten to have more representation.
What are your thoughts on Steele's list?