All-Big Ten: Who's back? Who's not?

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

As spring practice approaches, it's time to review the 2008 All-Big Ten teams and see who will be back and who won't for the 2009 season. To avoid confusion, I'll stick with the media's picks for all-conference.


Gone (17)

  • RB Shonn Greene, Iowa

  • RB Javon Ringer, Michigan State

  • C A.Q. Shipley, Penn State

  • G Seth Olsen, Iowa

  • G Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State

  • T Alex Boone, Ohio State

  • T Gerald Cadogan, Penn State

  • K Kevin Kelly, Penn State

  • DT Mitch King, Iowa

  • DE Willie VanDeSteeg, Minnesota

  • DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State

  • LB Brit Miller, Illinois

  • LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

  • CB Vontae Davis, Illinois

  • S Otis Wiley, Michigan State

  • CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

  • CB Allen Langford, Wisconsin

Back (7)


Gone (14)

  • RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State

  • WR Deon Butler, Penn State

  • WR Derrick Williams, Penn State

  • C Ryan McDonald, Illinois

  • C Rob Bruggeman, Iowa

  • G Roland Martin, Michigan State

  • G Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin

  • T Xavier Fulton, Illinois

  • T Jesse Miller, Michigan State

  • TE Jack Simmons, Minnesota

  • DT Matt Kroul, Iowa

  • LB Marcus Freeman, Ohio State

  • CB Lydell Sargeant, Penn State

  • S Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State

Back (12)

  • QB Juice Williams, Illinois

  • RB Evan Royster, Penn State

  • T Kyle Calloway, Iowa

  • K Brett Swenson, Michigan State

  • DE Brandon Graham, Michigan

  • DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern

  • DT Jared Odrick, Penn State

  • LB Pat Angerer, Iowa

  • LB Greg Jones, Michigan State

  • CB Traye Simmons, Minnesota

  • S Kurt Coleman, Ohio State

  • P Aaron Bates, Michigan State

Teams most affected by All-Big Ten losses: Penn State (9), Ohio State (5), Iowa (5)

Teams returning most All-Big Ten players: Penn State (4), Michigan State (3)

Positions most affected by losses: Tackle (4), guard (4), cornerback (4), center (3), running back (3)

Positions returning most All-Big Ten selections: Quarterback (2), wide receiver (2 first-teamers), linebacker (3), punter (2)


  • Co-champ Ohio State returns only one All-Big Ten selection (Coleman). Freshman of the Year Terrelle Pryor also is back.

  • Michigan State returns both of its all-conference specialists.

  • For the second straight year, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year was a junior running back who entered the NFL draft. Iowa's Greene followed Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall in 2007.