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ESPN.com's 2015 Big Ten all-freshman team

The Big Ten hands out all kinds of awards, but does not issue an all-freshman team. We do. And here it is.

Offense

QB: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern*: Started all 12 games for the 10-2 Wildcats, showing poise and a flair for the big play (especially on scrambles and runs).

RB: Saquon Barkley, Penn State: Sensational young tailback ran for 1,007 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

RB: Shannon Brooks, Minnesota: Another promising young runner who totaled 644 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to put away Illinois.

RB: LJ Scott, Michigan State: Without Scott, the Spartans likely don't win the Big Ten title game. The freshman running back class was so strong this year that we went with three on the team -- and only four offensive linemen. And we still didn't have room for Purdue's Markell Jones, who has an outstanding year.

WR: Desmond Cain, Illinois: Finished second on the team with 53 catches, going for 492 yards and a score.

WR: D.J. Moore, Maryland: Was the Terrapins' second-leading receiver with 25 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns.

TE: Avery Edwards, Maryland: Tied Moore for the team lead with three touchdown receptions.

OL: Michael Deiter, Wisconsin*: Started all 12 games for the Badgers, seeing time at left guard and at center.

OL: Nick Gates, Nebraska*: Started nine games at right tackle for the Huskers and was one of team's best linemen.

OL: Blake Hance, Northwestern*: Spent the last half of the season starting at left tackle for the Wildcats.

OL: Tyler Moore, Minnesota: Made his college debut against Purdue while taking over as team's starting center.

Defense

DL: Freedom Akinmoladun, Nebraska*: The Cornhuskers let Freedom reign; promising young pass-rusher had 4.5 sacks and six tackles for loss.

DL: Craig Evans, Michigan State*: Part of the Spartans' deep defensive line rotation, he had 19 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and a sack.

DL: Parker Hesse, Iowa*: Received more playing time after the injury to Drew Ott. Had 42 tackles and two sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown against Nebraska

DL: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State*: Filled in for Joey Bosa in the opener vs. Virginia Tech and finished season with 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.

LB: T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin*: Led the Badgers defense with 80 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and forced a fumble.

LB: Troy Reeder, Penn State*: Started team's final 11 games and finished with 67 tackles and an interception.

LB: Dedrick Young, Nebraska: Started right away for the Huskers and finished with 58 tackles, 3.5 for loss.

DB: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan*: You might have heard of this guy. He is the Big Ten freshman of the year.

DB: Jonathan Crawford, Indiana: Contributed 44 tackles and three interceptions at safety for the bowl-bound Hoosiers.

DB: John Reid, Penn State: Played in all 12 games and started two, finishing with 22 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

DB: Isaiah Wharton, Rutgers*: Started all 12 games and led the team with 10 pass break-ups while also making 57 tackles.

Specialists

P: Jake Hartbarger, Michigan State*: Averaged 42.1 yards per attempt as the Spartans' starting punter.

KR: KiAnte Hardin, Minnesota: Averaged 24.3 yards per return after taking over primary return duties late in the season.

(*-- denotes redshirt freshman)