Thursday, December 19, 2013
Recapping the Big Ten All-Americans
By Brian Bennett
If you thought the Hollywood awards season lasted a long time, well, it has nothing on college football.
There's now an endless number of individual trophies, many sponsored by city sports commissions or other groups who want to be associated with college football. And the same is true with All-America teams. Major ones now include the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com and CBSSports.com. Whew.
It can be hard if not impossible to keep up with all of it. So we're here to recap it for you, with a list of every Big Ten player who made one of those major All-America teams. In all, eight different Big Ten players garnered at least one first-team All-America nods, while 19 earned at least a second- or third-team honor. (Note that some organizations, like Walter Camp and ESPN.com, release only a first team).
We start the list with the lone unanimous first-team All-American from the conference:
Michigan State corner Darqueze Dennard was the Big Ten's only unanimous first-team All-American.