Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Three from B1G midseason All-Americans
By Adam Rittenberg
ESPN.com's midseason All-America team is out, and Wisconsin fans certainly will like what they see.
Badgers players make up two of the three selections from the Big Ten, as sophomore running back Melvin Gordon and senior linebacker Chris Borland both made the list. Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier also makes the squad.
Gordon has been among the nation's most explosive players, averaging 9.7 yards per rush with seven runs of 30 yards or longer (three of 70 yards or longer). He's the leading candidate for Big Ten offensive player of the year.
Borland and Shazier are the frontrunners for defensive player of the year, along with several others like Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough and Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Shazier has been a steadying force for a young Ohio State defense that returns only one starter in the front seven. Borland is Borland, one of the most productive defenders in the country, as he has been throughout his exceptional career.
Several of the Big Ten's projected stars -- Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Venric Mark -- have been sidelined with injuries, while others such as Devin Gardner and Deion Barnes have been inconsistent. Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan probably is hurt by the offensive line's spotty play so far.
Who will end up on the postseason All-America squad? Stay tuned.