Your Legends Division all-star team

Since Adam Rittenberg inexplicably follows the Cubs, I had to explain to him the concept of "All-Stars." I'm not looking forward to him trying to grasp the concept of October baseball this fall.

I digress. We're playing off tonight's All-Star Game to present our own version in the Big Ten. Adam gave you his Leaders Division team this morning. Here's my All-Star team from the Legends Division. Later on, we'll let you vote for who would win in a matchup between these two. (And don't worry; home field in the Big Ten title game won't be decided by the outcome).


OT: Riley Reiff, Iowa

OT: Al Netter, Northwestern

C: David Molk, Michigan

OG: Joel Foreman, Michigan State

OG: Patrick Omameh, Michigan

QB: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

RB: Edwin Baker, Michigan State

RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa

TE: Kyler Reed, Nebraska

WR: Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern

WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa

WR: Roy Roundtree, Michigan


DE: Vince Browne, Northwestern

DE: Cameron Meredith, Nebraska

DT: Jared Crick, Nebraska

DT: Mike Martin, Michigan

LB: Lavonte David, Nebraska

LB: Gary Tinsley, Minnesota

LB: James Morris, Iowa

CB: Shaun Prater, Iowa

CB: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

S: Brian Peters, Northwestern

S: Trenton Robinson, Michigan State


P: Will Hagerup, Michigan

K: Dan Conroy, Michigan State

KR: Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota

I'd better explain my two most controversial selections. Quarterback was obviously the toughest call in a division that features Cousins, Denard Robinson, Dan Persa and Taylor Martinez. While Robinson and Persa are more exciting, I went with the steady Cousins for this reason: this is an All-Star game, and my quarterback is surrounded by talent. I don't need him to take off running like Robinson, Persa and Martinez are wont to do. I just need him to deliver the ball to my other studs, and I think Cousins is the best at this in the division. If things are going badly for my offense, I can summon Robinson or Persa from the bullpen for a spark.

At running back, I might have surprised you with the selection of Coker, who had one truly big performance last season in the bowl and is largely unproven. Nebraska fans will no doubt howl for Rex Burkhead there. My thought on this is that I want as well-rounded of a team as possible, so I want a big, bruising back to go along with the 5-foot-9, 209-pound Baker. That's why I went with the 230-pound bag of hammers that is Coker, who can lead block for Baker or crush defensive backs with the ball in his own hands.

And with that, I will paraphrase Norman Dale: My team is on the field!