Saquon Barkley, Jabrill Peppers lead way on ESPN.com 2016 All-Big Ten team

Jabrill Peppers' multiposition versatility made him a Heisman finalist and a shoo-in for ESPN's All-Big Ten team. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

It's time to unveil our picks for the 2016 ESPN All-Big Ten team. Unlike the official All-Big Ten teams released by the conference, we use actual positions instead of generic offensive line, defensive line and defensive back.


QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: It was a close call -- really close -- between Barrett and Penn State's Trace McSorley. Barrett got the nod based on superior completion percentage, more touchdowns and how heavily the Buckeyes relied on him all season long. But McSorley made us think long and hard about it.

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: The league's offensive player of the year averaged 5.3 yards per carry and had 19 total touchdowns -- the last one of which, fittingly, proved to be the winning score in the Big Ten title game.

RB Corey Clement, Wisconsin: It was a great bounce-back season for Clement, who led the Big Ten in rushing with 1,304 yards while adding 14 touchdowns.

WR Austin Carr, Northwestern: The former walk-on was one of the season's best stories, becoming a Biletnikoff Award finalist after catching 84 passes for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns.

WR Curtis Samuel, Ohio State: He was a rare two-way force as the Buckeyes' H-back, leading them in receiving (66 catches for 822 yards) and rushing for 704 yards, with 15 total scores.

TE Jake Butt, Michigan: The Mackey Award finalist had 43 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns.

OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin: After transferring from Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Ramczyk developed into a probable All-American.

OG Billy Price, Ohio State: Price graded out higher than any Buckeyes lineman for most of the season.

C Pat Elflein, Ohio State: The senior is one of three finalists for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's top center.

OG Dan Feeney, Indiana: He missed nearly four games and played some tackle upon his return. Still, he was one of the nation's best linemen whenever he was in the lineup.

OT Erik Magnuson, Michigan: The senior started at right tackle all 12 games and was a first-team pick by the coaches and media.


DE Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State: The Big Ten's defensive lineman of the year had a team-best 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan: An integral part of the Wolverines' run defense, he finished with 9.5 tackles for loss.

DT Jaleel Johnson, Iowa: He was a beast in the middle of the Hawkeyes' line (7.5 sacks, 10 TFLs) and was dominant in the upset over Michigan.

DE Taco Charlton, Michigan: He was super disruptive against Ohio State and finished the season with 10 sacks.

LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin: What a breakout year for Watt, who had 10.5 sacks and was the most feared pass-rushing linebacker in the league.

LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: Peppers has been in the mix for a slew of national awards because of his versatility, as he played just about every position in the Wolverines' back seven, not to mention his work on special teams and offense.

LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State: He finished with 87 tackles and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan: Simply put, teams couldn't throw on him. He has a great chance to win the Thorpe Award.

CB Desmond King, Iowa: Last year's Thorpe Award winner was at it again, though he saw far fewer balls thrown his way.

S Malik Hooker, Ohio State: He probably should have been defensive player of the year after recording six interceptions and scoring on three of them.

S Nathan Gerry, Nebraska: The anchor of the Cornhuskers' defense, Gerry had 74 tackles and four interceptions.


K Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota: He went 21-of-23 and was 9-of-9 from beyond 40 yards -- the only kicker in the country who was perfect from beyond that distance.

P Cameron Johnston, Ohio State: Urban Meyer hates punting, but we liked watching Johnston work his magic while averaging 46.2 yards per attempt and placing nearly half his attempts (23-of-50) inside the 20-yard-line

PR Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: He averaged 14.8 yards per attempt and scored once on a punt return.

KR Desmond King, Iowa: In addition to his defensive prowess, King averaged 27.2 yards per kick return, tops in the Big Ten among players who had more than six attempts.