Big Ten: Reilly Reiff

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April, 19, 2012
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Big shoes to fill: Iowa

March, 7, 2012
Today we wrap up our big shoes to fill series, where we look how each Big Ten team plans to replace two key departed stars.

Last but not least in the rundown is Iowa. The obvious pick here is running back Marcus Coker, whose offseason transfer leaves the Hawkeyes with little to no experience in the backfield. That will be a major storyline all spring and summer, but since we've already written a lot about that, I decided to focus this piece on two other guys who leave large voids in the lineup:

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Reese Strickland/US PresswireMuch is expected from Iowa receiver Keenan Davis after his strong 2011 season.

Why: McNutt was named the Big Ten's top receiver last season, and with good reason, as he had 82 catches for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. When defenses were able to slow McNutt, as they did in the final two games, Iowa's passing game struggled.

Replacement candidates: Keenan Davis (6-3, 215, Sr.); Kevonte Martin-Manley (6-1, 205, Soph.); Steven Staggs (6-3, 195, Sr.); Jordan Cotton (6-1, 185, Jr.); Jacob Hillyer (6-4, 195, RFr); Cameron Wilson (6-1, 190, incoming freshman); Tevaun Smith (6-2, 186, incoming freshman); Greg Mabin (6-1, 190, incoming freshman).

The skinny: Iowa really needs Davis to take his game up a notch and become the go-to receiver. Davis has plenty of talent, and he made 50 catches for 713 yards and four touchdowns last season. But he has struggled with drops and injuries throughout his career, and must become more consistent. Martin-Manley showed lots of promise as a redshirt freshmen with 30 catches and 323 yards, though most of his production came early in the season. Hopefully another year of development will help him blossom. After that, the Hawkeyes don't have much experience and might need to rely on a guy like Hillyer breaking out, or even a true freshman contributing, so quarterback James Vandenberg has enough targets.


Why: We've paid a lot of attention to the holes Iowa has to fill at running back, receiver and defensive line, but the offensive line is a concern as well. The Hawkeyes lose three starters and both tackles. One of the best linemen in the Big Ten, Reiff skipped his senior year and is expected to be selected in the first half of the first round of the NFL draft.

Replacement candidates: Andrew Donnal (6-7, 302, Soph.); Brandon Scherff (6-5, 310, Soph); Brett Van Sloten (6-7, 292, Jr.); Nolan MacMillan (6-6, 290, Jr.); Ryan Ward (6-6, 270, incoming freshman).

The skinny: Donnal was a highly regarded recruit who backed up Reiff last season as a redshirt freshman. He is clearly being groomed to take over at left tackle. Scherff has seen some time at guard and tackle, but needs to improve. Van Sloten is more likely to push for the starting job at right tackle. McMillan started at guard as a freshman in 2010, but missed all of last season with an injury. Ward has potential, but it would be surprising to see a true freshman play a significant role at left tackle. While Reiff leaves some literal and figurative big shoes to fill, Iowa has been very good at developing offensive linemen under Kirk Ferentz, and has some big bodies to work with this offseason.

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March, 2, 2012
Happy birthday to Denny Crum, Jon Bon Jovi, Reggie Bush and the late Dr. Seuss:
We've had 2012 mock NFL drafts seemingly since this draft class was in elementary school. But all the projections and prognosticating lacked one essential ingredient: the testing process.

That happened this past week at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, so now evaluators have a better sense of who are the legitimate prospects and who might be questionable.

ESPN's own draft expert, Mel Kiper Jr., offered his risers and fallers after the combine dust settled, and they included a few notable Big Ten names. Among those Kiper said helped themselves in Indy were:
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins: "Not great in any one area, but solid across all of them, and Cousins has intangibles that evaluators love. I can see him safely into the second round now, where before a third-round grade was a better bet. A good week for him."

Nebraska LB Lavonte David: "Really encouraging for David's stock that he got his weight to 233 and still showed off plenty of athleticism, including a 4.56. He could be a solid second-rounder now and is a tackling machine."

Not everyone had the best showings in the combine. Here are the Big Ten products Kiper says he has questions about after the combine:
Ohio State RB Dan Herron: "I like Herron, but thought he needed to make a splash here given the missed time in 2011. That didn't happen, confirming a late-round grade."

Penn State DT Devon Still: "He derives a lot of value from being able to jump into a 3-4 or 4-3, but still has been sliding on my board. He needs to show more explosiveness, because he's not a great penetrator."

Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard: "Solid everywhere, but not great in any one area, Dennard is a good prospect who didn't test great, limiting the chances he goes in Round 1."

Kiper adjusted his new Big Board based on the combine performances, and now only two Big Ten players appear in his list of top 25 prospects, and they're both offensive linemen: Iowa's Riley Reiff (No. 8) and Wisconsin's Peter Konz (25).

Kiper also has his new list of top 5s by position , and there has been some serious movement in his tiers. Still, the Penn State All-American and Big Ten defensive player of the year, now does not even rank in Kiper's list of the top 5 defensive tackles. Michigan State's Jerel Worthy is No. 5.

Offensive line appears to be the strength for the Big Ten in this draft. Kiper lists Reiff as the No. 2 offensive tackle, with Ohio State's Mike Adams No. 4. The Big Ten owns the center list, with Konz, Michigan's David Molk and Ohio State's Mike Brewster ranking 1-2-3, respectively. (Molk moved ahead of Brewster with his combine showing, which comes as no surprise to Molk.) Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler is rated as the No. 3 guard.

Elsewhere, Kiper has Wisconsin's Bradie Ewing as the No. 1 fullback, Michigan State's Brian Linthicum as the No. 5 tight end and Nebraska's David as the No. 2 outside linebacker. Dennard did not crack the list at corner, and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus is nowhere to be found on the defensive ends chart. Kiper says Michigan State's Cousins is the No. 6 quarterback in this draft.

Colleague Todd McShay has five Big Ten players in his new top 32 list : Reiff (10th), Adams (23rd), Worthy (25th), Konz (27th) and Still (28th).

Don't worry, though. We still have pro days, private workouts and nearly two full months of evaluations before the draft begins.
The Big Ten had six players selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, doubling its total from 2010.

Colleague Mel Kiper Jr. forecasts a repeat performance for the league in April.

Kiper's latest mock draft Insider features six Big Ten players in the first round of the draft.

They are:

No. 9 (Miami): Riley Reiff, LT, Iowa

Kiper writes that Reiff looked excellent on film during the 2011 season and could be an immediate answer at right tackle. Reiff could fill out what looks like a solid offensive line in Miami.

No. 19 (Chicago): Mike Adams, LT, Ohio State

Kiper writes that Adams has changed his opinion over time because of the way he protects the pocket. As a Bears fan, I'd rather see them take a wide receiver, but the offensive line needs help, too, as the J'Marcus Webb experiment isn't going well.

No. 20 (Tennessee): Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

Kiper writes that Mercilus is a pure passer who could improve his stock at the NFL combine and rise higher in the draft. Tennessee needs to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks after finishing 31st in the NFL in sacks last season.

No. 25 (Denver): Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Kiper writes that the Broncos need more depth on the interior line and that Still fits in well with the defensive scheme. It wouldn't surprise me to see Still go a little higher than this, but Denver seems like a good spot.

No. 26 (Houston): Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

The Texans hit the jackpot with a Big Ten defensive lineman (Wisconsin's J.J. Watt) in the first round of the 2011 draft. They could add depth up front with Worthy, who Kiper writes "has a really good burst for his size, allowing him to penetrate and be really disruptive against both the run and the pass."

No. 29 (Baltimore): Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Kiper writes that the Ravens need a replacement for Matt Birk, and Konz is the best center in the draft. While I haven't seen Konz projected in the first round in too many places, he left Wisconsin after receiving a strong draft evaluation and can help himself at the combine.

Thoughts on the six Big Ten players? Any snubs?
ESPN's NFL draft expert Mel Kiper has revised his list of top 5 players at each position for the 2012 draft and compiled the top 5s among returning seniors for the 2012 college football season.

Big Ten players are on both lists, so let's take a look.

Thoughts: Center and defensive tackle clearly were the Big Ten's strongest positions in 2011. Worthy appears a bit lower than I thought and needs to help his stock in the predraft events. Dennard also has fallen off a bit. It will be interesting to see the order in which Konz, Brewster and Molk are drafted. Welch's placement above Dimke comes as a bit of a surprise, while I expected to see Wisconsin's Brad Nortman on the top 5 punters list.

  • Wisconsin's Montee Ball, No. 1 running back
  • Ohio State's Zach Boren, No. 2 fullback
  • Penn State's Mike Zordich, No. 4 fullback
  • Michigan's Denard Robinson, No. 2 wide receiver
  • Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner, No. 4 tight end
  • Nebraska's Kyler Reed, No. 5 tight end
  • Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner, No. 1 offensive tackle
  • Illinois' Graham Pocic, No. 2 center
  • Ohio State's John Simon, No. 2 defensive end
  • Purdue's Kawann Short, No. 1 defensive tackle
  • Penn State's Jordan Hill, No. 5 defensive tackle
  • Penn State's Gerald Hodges, No. 3 outside linebacker
  • Iowa's Micah Hyde, No. 3 cornerback
  • Michigan State's Dan Conroy, No. 5 kicker
  • Nebraska's Brett Maher, No. 3 punter
Thoughts: Robinson's name jumps out as Kiper has the Michigan quarterback listed as a wide receiver, adding that NFL general managers won't draft him unless he's willing to change positions. It will be interesting to see if Ball can hold onto the top spot among running backs on Kiper's board as Wisconsin's offense will have some new faces in 2012. Defensive tackle once again should be a strength for the Big Ten, and tight end and fullback could be positions to watch. Stoneburner could have a huge senior season at Ohio State, and Reed comes off an injury-plagued 2011 campaign.
The Jan. 15 deadline to for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft has come and gone, and five Big Ten players opted to make the jump.

Here's a quick recap:


Michigan State RB Edwin Baker: Baker's departure was the biggest surprise in the group, as his production dropped off in 2011. Then again, he plays a position that has a short NFL shelf-life, and with Le'Veon Bell back in the fold for 2012, his opportunities at Michigan State could have been limited. It would have been interesting to see Baker and Bell compete for carries in what likely will be a more run-based offense. Baker will have to impress a lot of folks in pre-draft events to move up the boards.

Wisconsin C Peter Konz: After receiving a strong draft evaluation, Konz opted to leave Madison. He had an excellent season at center and has the ability to play multiple positions at the next level. Konz should hear his name called on the second day of the draft, if not sooner. Although it wouldn't have shocked me if Konz decided to return to a place he loves, it's hard to fault him for leaving.

Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus: An All-America season in 2011 made Mercilus' decision rather easy. The fact that Illinois made a coaching change and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning departed for North Carolina further cemented Mercilus' choice. His draft stock skyrocketed after he led the nation in sacks (16) and ranked second in tackles for loss (22.5). It'll be interesting to see if Mercilus is selected in the first round, as some are projecting.

Iowa LT Riley Reiff: Although we didn't hear much about Reiff during the season, his stock seemed to remain very high. He's widely projected as a top-10 or top-15 draft choice, making his decision to leave Iowa rather easy. He's big, strong and smart and should be one of the top two or three tackles on the board come April.

Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy: Another unsurprising choice, as Worthy entered the season projected as a first-round pick and didn't do much to hurt his stock. While there have been some concerns about him taking off a play or two, his explosiveness and ability to dominate for stretches make him a very appealing prospect. A strong pre-draft season should cement Worthy as a first-round pick.


Wisconsin RB Montee Ball: This came as a shock to many, as Ball had a breakthrough season, earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors and a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also plays a position that sees plenty of draft declarations. But a third-round grade from the NFL draft advisory committee kept Ball in Madison. He plans to add a bit of weight and try to improve his stock as a senior. Ball understands he's taking a risk by returning, but his drive to better himself as a college player is admirable.

Purdue DT Kawann Short: A team spokesman confirmed to that Short will be back at Purdue in 2012. He'll enter the season as one of the league's top defensive linemen.

Penn State DT Jordan Hill: Hill sought a draft evaluation after a nice season alongside Big Ten defensive player of the year Devon Still. He opted to return to Penn State, where he'll once again work with line coach Larry Johnson and attempt to follow Still's footsteps in 2012.

Michigan State CB Johnny Adams: Adams also received an assessment from the advisory board before announcing on Twitter last week that he'll be back in East Lansing. This seems like the right move, as Adams can improve his stock on a defense filled with playmakers.

Michigan QB Denard Robinson: Few thought Robinson would make the jump, and after getting his draft evaluation, "Shoelace" wisely opted to remain at Michigan.

Michigan CB J.T. Floyd: Coach Brady Hoke said before the Sugar Bowl that he fully expected Floyd to return. Despite a nice junior season, Floyd also made the right call and will be back with Michigan for 2012.

Ohio State DL John Simon: Despite NFL potential, Simon will be back for his senior season at Ohio State. Simon projects as one of the Big Ten's top defensive linemen in 2012. He can play both line positions and exhibits tremendous strength.

Penn State LB Gerald Hodges: Hodges said before the TicketCity Bowl that he'll be back at Penn State for the 2012 campaign, although he sought input from the advisory board. He'll be part of what could be the Big Ten's top linebacking corps as Michael Mauti returns from injury.

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January, 5, 2012
Thinking of brunette girls while putting together the links.
In case you missed it, Brian and I released our 2011 All-Big Ten team on Friday.

It's always interesting to look back where the selections ranked as recruits coming into college. I took a look at the ESPN Recruiting database to check out where each all-conference selection stacked up. I've listed their scouting grade, which is explained here, along with where they ranked nationally overall (if applicable), by position and within their region. I also list quotes from recruiting analysts about the prospects at the time.

The first post takes a look at offense. The second will examine defense and special teams.


QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin (began career at NC State), Class of 2007 -- Scout Grade of 73, rated as nation's 104th best quarterback. Analysis: "He has one of the quickest releases we have seen over he last two years. The ball comes out in a hurry. He is a great little athlete -- a true dual-threat -- but clearly a passer first. ... The problem is that he is short and lacks a great arm. Arm strength is adequate, but not powerful."

RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin, Class of 2009 -- Scout Grade of 77, rated as nation's 74th best running back, 131st best player in Midlands region. Analysis: "At times Ball appears physically superior to his competition on film and could struggle maintaining his current yards after contact at the next level. With that said, you can't argue with his production and he is certainly built to carry the load and wear down a defense in a heavy power-running scheme."

RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska, Class of 2009 -- Scout Grade of 78, rated as nation's 44th best athlete, 61st best player in Midlands region. Analysis: "Burkhead is one of those junk yard dogs that makes your roster meaner and tougher and we love that about him. He's a warrior, throwback type of player that will fight, scrap and sellout to get the job done and make the play. ... He does show some stiffness to him and is not overly fluid in the hips. Has very good speed, but we would not term him to be a burner. He has an overachiever element to him that adds a chip on his shoulder."

WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa, Class of 2007 -- Scout Grade of 77, rated as nation's 38th best quarterback. Analysis: "McNutt is an exceptional athlete who happens to be a pretty darn good passer with the upside to develop into an excellent passer. He is a true dual-threat quarterback who is a passer first, runner second. He is a dangerous spread offense, read-option guy with excellent speed and quickness. ... He is dangerous on the perimeter -- once he gets in space, look out."

WR: B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State, Class of 2007 -- Scout Grade of 70, rated as nation's 145th best wide receiver. Analysis: "Cunningham has very good size and leaping ability and flashes some big-play skills on jump balls downfield. However, he is the definition of a possession receiver in terms of speed and quickness. Builds speed as he goes and works the intermediate routes like curls, comebacks and digs very well."

TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, Class of 2007 -- Scout Grade of 77, rated as nation's 20th best tight end. Analysis: "He will need to add bulk to his frame and has adequate height, but if he can physically develop, he has the tools to be a productive college tight end. He impresses you with his in-line blocking ability. ... As a receiver, he can be productive. He catches the ball with his hands and does a good job of adjusting to bad balls and making the catch."

OL: David Molk, Michigan, Class of 2007 -- Scout Grade of 78, rated as nation's sixth best center. Analysis: "Molk is an offensive tackle in high school but will project to either the guard or center position in college. His build along with him having some experience makes him a good candidate to be a college center. ... There will be some adjusting for Molk, and you would like to see him continue to add bulk. He does play with tenacity and has good tools. Should be able to develop into a good center at the college level."

OL: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin, Class of 2008 -- No Scout Grade and unranked among guards. No extensive analysis.

OL: Peter Konz, Wisconsin, Class of 2008 -- Scout Grade of 75, rated as nation's 71st best offensive tackle. Analysis: "Konz is a blue collar type player in the trenches. He has good size and displays good versatility. He plays both tackle and guard and could project as a right tackle in college or as a guard. He is a tenacious run blocker. He delivers a good initial blow. ... He slams into a defender and is able to drive an opponent off the line of scrimmage in the run game. He has a good motor in the run game and will run a path hitting whatever is in his way."

OL: Joel Foreman, Michigan State, Class of 2007 -- No Scout Grade and unranked among guards. No extensive analysis.

OL: Reilly Reiff, Iowa, Class of 2008 -- Scout Grade of 74, rated as nation's 91st best defensive end. Analysis: "He is a big kid at the end position with the ability to get bigger. He has a good get-off and can come out of his stance and shoot his hands. He has the ability to punch and separate. He needs to work on placement, as he can wind up with his hands on the outside of a blocker's frame and let him into his chest. He flashes the ability to play with leverage and hold his ground. He is a tall kid and needs to focus on staying low."

Thoughts: No truly elite recruits appear among the offensive All-Big Ten selections, as Michigan's Molk and Northwestern's Dunsmore were the highest-rated players at their respective positions. The two guards, Michigan State's Foreman and Wisconsin's Zeitler, appear to be the biggest surprises as neither was rated coming out of high school. Both Iowa honorees were listed at different positions as recruits, and both received evaluations that indicated they could succeed elsewhere. The analysis of Burkhead appears spot-on, while players like Cunningham certainly exceeded the perception coming out of high school.
Editor’s Note: Tune into the “AT&T ESPN All America Team Show” on Saturday (ABC, 1:30 p.m. ET) to see who ESPN’s writers and experts selected.

The envelope, please ...


QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
WR: B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
OL: David Molk, Michigan
OL: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
OL: Peter Konz, Wisconsin
OL: Joel Foreman, Michigan State
OL: Reilly Reiff, Iowa


DL: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
Devon Still, Penn State
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
John Simon, Ohio State
Lavonte David, Nebraska
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
CB: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
CB: Johnny Adams, Michigan State
S: Trenton Robinson, Michigan State
S: Nick Sukay, Penn State


P: Anthony Fera, Penn State
K: Brett Maher, Nebraska
KR: Raheem Mostert, Purdue
PR: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Comments: We said before the season that the strength in the Big Ten lay in the interior lines, and that is illustrated in our picks. Still and Worthy had All-America seasons, and Simon was great as well. We didn't even have room for Michigan's Mike Martin, who had a terrific year. Our offensive line has two centers in Molk and Konz (two Rimington Trophy finalists) because we thought that position was much stronger than tackle. (Konz has played guard in his career, so we could figure it out if we actually had to play with this team). Some of our toughest choices came at the second receiver spot, where we liked Cunningham's production down the stretch far more than A.J. Jenkins' early numbers for an Illinois team that faded badly; the third linebacker spot, where we could have gone with Taylor's teammate Chris Borland or Illinois' Jonathan Brown; and the second safety selection, where we chose Sukay over Northwestern's Brian Peters, Minnesota's Kim Royston and Wisconsin's Aaron Henry because we felt Sukay made a big impact on a better defense. Lastly, only eight players who we chose on our preseason All-Big Ten team ended up on our official postseason squad. That shows how much things can change from season to season -- and it also shows that maybe our prognosticating skills need some improvement.
The Big Ten announced its 2011 all-conference teams and individual awards Monday night. The winners for Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced Wednesday.

Here are the All-Big Ten teams ...

First-team offense thoughts: I'm a bit surprised Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is the only unanimous selection with the media and coaches. Both groups got the running backs and wide receivers right. It seems like the offensive tackle spot is a bit weak this season, but Reilly Reiff and Josh Oglesby are good players. Tough call at center between Wisconsin's Peter Konz and Michigan's David Molk, and I'm not surprised to see a split there.

First-team defense thoughts: The first-team defensive line selections are solid. I would have gone with Ohio State's John Simon ahead of Purdue's Kawann Short for the fourth spot, but both men had outstanding seasons. There's also a tough call at linebacker. Nebraska's Lavonte David has to be a first-team selection. So should Wisconsin's Mike Taylor. I would go with Penn State's Gerald Hodges over Wisconsin's Chris Borland, although Borland had a very good season.

There were some curious choices at defensive back. Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams absolutely should be on both lists but was placed on the second team by the media. I'm very surprised the coaches didn't include Michigan State safety Trenton Robinson on the first or second team. Nebraska's Brett Maher is a consensus first-team selection as both a kicker and a punter.

Second-team offense thoughts: The coaches and media split on quarterback, as the coaches went with Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and the media picked Michigan's Denard Robinson. It's a tough call, but I would have gone with Cousins. I don't see how Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen misses the coaches' second team. Same goes for Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert. Ohio State left tackle Mike Adams made the coaches' team despite missing the first five games because of a suspension.

Second-team defense thoughts: The media made a good call with Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown. I'm glad to see defensive tackle Mike Martin and defensive ends William Gholston and Michael Buchanan make both teams. Both Purdue specialists -- kicker Carson Wiggs and punter Cody Webster -- made the coaches' list, while the media went with Penn State's Anthony Fera, who had a nice season, and Webster.

Here are the honorable mention selections:


ILLINOIS: Jeff Allen, Jonathan Brown, Derek Dimke, Terry Hawthorne, Ian Thomas; INDIANA: Mitch Ewald, Jeff Thomas; IOWA: Broderick Binns, James Ferentz, Eric Guthrie, Micah Hyde, James Morris, Markus Zusevics; MICHIGAN: Kenny Demens, J.T. Floyd, Kevin Koger, Junior Hemingway, Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Ryan Van Bergen; MICHIGAN STATE: Denicos Allen, Le’Veon Bell, Keshawn Martin, Trenton Robinson, Marcus Rush; MINNESOTA: Kim Royston; NEBRASKA: Will Compton, Ben Cotton, Spencer Long, Marcel Jones, Baker Steinkuhler; NORTHWESTERN: Jeremy Ebert, Jordan Mabin, Brian Mulroe, Al Netter, Dan Persa, Brian Peters; OHIO STATE: Johnathan Hankins, Dan Herron, Jack Mewhort, Jake Stoneburner; PENN STATE: Drew Astorino, Anthony Fera, Jordan Hill, D’Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Chima Okoli, Chaz Powell, Johnnie Troutman; PURDUE: Dennis Kelly, Joe Holland; WISCONSIN: Jared Abbrederis, Patrick Butrym, Antonio Fenelus, Peter Konz, Brad Nortman, Jacob Pederson, Ricky Wagner.


ILLINOIS: Derek Dimke, Terry Hawthorne, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Mitch Ewald; IOWA: Mike Daniels, James Ferentz, Adam Gettis, Eric Guthrie, James Morris, Tyler Nielsen, Shaun Prater, Markus Zusevics; MICHIGAN: Kenny Demens, J.T. Floyd, Kevin Koger, Jordan Kovacs, Taylor Lewan, Craig Roh, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Ryan Van Bergen; MICHIGAN STATE: Le’Veon Bell, Max Bullough, Dan Conroy, Kirk Cousins, Darqueze Dennard, Brian Linthicum, Chris McDonald, Chris Norman, Kevin Pickelman, Marcus Rush; MINNESOTA: Chris Bunders, Kim Royston; NEBRASKA: Mike Caputo, Austin Cassidy, Will Compton, Ben Cotton, Marcel Jones, Cameron Meredith, Daimion Stafford, Baker Steinkuhler; NORTHWESTERN: Kain Colter, Jordan Mabin, Brian Mulroe, Al Netter, Dan Persa; OHIO STATE: C.J. Barnett, Mike Brewster, Johnathan Hankins, Jack Mewhort, Tyler Moeller, Andrew Norwell, Jake Stoneburner, Andrew Sweat; PENN STATE: Drew Astorino, Quinn Barham, Jack Crawford, Anthony Fera, Jordan Hill, D’Anton Lynn, Chima Okoli, Chaz Powell, Nate Stupar, Johnnie Troutman; PURDUE: Ricardo Allen, Dwayne Beckford, Joe Holland, Dennis Kelly, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Jared Abbrederis, Patrick Butrym, Aaron Henry, Brad Nortman, Nick Toon, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch.

Finally, here are the individual award winners ...

Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Marvin McNutt, Iowa

Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: David Molk, Michigan

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Devon Still, Penn State

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Lavonte David, Nebraska

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska