Unveiling ESPN.com's All-Big Ten team

Editor’s Note: Tune into the “AT&T ESPN All America Team Show” on Saturday (ABC, 1:30 p.m. ET) to see who ESPN’s writers and experts selected.

The envelope, please ...


QB: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin

RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa

WR: B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State

TE: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern

OL: David Molk, Michigan

OL: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

OL: Peter Konz, Wisconsin

OL: Joel Foreman, Michigan State

OL: Reilly Reiff, Iowa


DL: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

DL: Devon Still, Penn State

DL: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

DL: John Simon, Ohio State

LB: Lavonte David, Nebraska

LB: Gerald Hodges, Penn State

LB: Mike Taylor, Wisconsin

CB: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

CB: Johnny Adams, Michigan State

S: Trenton Robinson, Michigan State

S: Nick Sukay, Penn State


P: Anthony Fera, Penn State

K: Brett Maher, Nebraska

KR: Raheem Mostert, Purdue

PR: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Comments: We said before the season that the strength in the Big Ten lay in the interior lines, and that is illustrated in our picks. Still and Worthy had All-American seasons, and Simon was great as well. We didn't even have room for Michigan's Mike Martin, who had a terrific season. Our offensive line has two centers in Molk and Konz (two Rimington Trophy finalists) because we thought that position was much stronger than tackle. (Konz has played guard in his career, so we could figure it out if we actually had to play with this team). Some of our toughest choices came at the second receiver spot, where we liked Cunningham's production down the stretch far more than A.J. Jenkins' early numbers for an Illinois team that faded badly; the third linebacker spot, where we could have gone with Taylor's teammate Chris Borland or Illinois' Jonathan Brown; and the second safety selection, where we chose Sukay over Northwestern's Brian Peters, Minnesota's Kim Royston or Wisconsin's Aaron Henry because we felt Sukay made a big impact on a better defense. Lastly, only eight players who we chose on our preseason All-Big Ten team ended up on our official postseason squad. That shows how much things can change from season to season -- and it also shows that maybe our prognosticating skills need some improvement.