ESPN.com Big Ten all-freshman team


Earlier today, we presented our All-Big Ten team. Now it's time to honor the top freshmen from 2013 with our Big Ten all-freshman team.

Here it is:


QB: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (captain)

RB: Corey Clement, Wisconsin

WR: DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue

WR: Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska*

TE: Maxx Williams, Minnesota*

TE: Jake Butt, Michigan

OL: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin*

OL: Ben Lauer, Minnesota*

OL: Jack Conklin, Michigan State*

OL: Jacob Bailey, Indiana*

OL: Kyle Kalis, Michigan*


DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State (captain)

DL: Austin Johnson, Penn State*

DL: Avery Moss, Nebraska*

DL: Willie Henry, Michigan*

LB: Michael Rose, Nebraska*

LB: Nyeem Wartman, Penn State*

LB: T.J. Simmons, Indiana

DB: Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin

DB: Desmond King, Iowa

DB: Tyvis Powell, Ohio State*

DB: Matthew Harris, Northwestern


K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

All purpose: Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

* -- redshirt freshman

It was a pretty strong year for freshmen in the league, highlighted by Hackenberg and Bosa. Shelton was terrific as well. ... Tight end is a promising position for the future. Penn State's Adam Breneman just missed, but he looks like a future star. And Michigan State's Josiah Price had a big impact in the Big Ten title game. ... Nebraska's young defense could really turn into something special. We also considered defensive lineman Vincent Valentine and linebackers Jared Afalava, Nathan Gerry and Josh Banderas. ... It was also a good year for rookie QBs, as beyond Hackenberg there was Purdue's Danny Etling, Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong and Minnesota's Mitch Leidner. ... Ohio State's Wilson didn't have a true position, but he did a lot of things and was a good return man, so that's why he gets our all-purpose slot. ... Some others we considered included Penn State receiver Geno Lewis and linebacker Brandon Bell, Purdue offensive lineman Jason King and Indiana defensive lineman Ralphael Green.