B1G All-Conference picks: Ohio State, Michigan State lead the way

Michigan State's Connor Cook has 13 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the year. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

We've reached the halfway point to the season, so we've evaluated the players and agreed on the picks for our midseason All-Big Ten team:


QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State: It's difficult to beat his consistency or his leadership, as he's thrown 13 TDs to two interceptions so far.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Speaking of consistency, Elliott has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. At this rate, he should approach the 2,000-yard mark.

RB: Jordan Canzeri, Iowa: Besides Elliott, no other Big Ten back has approached his nine-touchdown production. He's also a threat in the passing game.

WR: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State: Let's just call this catch Exhibit A. With 692 receiving yards, he's accounting for nearly 42 percent of the Spartans' passing offense.

WR: Leonte Carroo, Rutgers: Sure, he has played in only 13 quarters, but he's still tied for fourth nationally in touchdown receptions with nine.

TE: Jake Butt, Michigan: At this point last season, the eventual Big Ten tight end of the year had 15 catches. Butt already has 23 this season.

OT: Taylor Decker, Ohio State: He's the leader of the Buckeyes' offensive line, which Urban Meyer called the players of the game against Penn State.

OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State: Only 10 teams in the nation have given up fewer sacks per game. Conklin has missed some time, but he still has impressed.

OG: Dan Feeney, Indiana: He earned the team award last season for his outstanding performance in the weight room, and that has paid dividends this season.

OG: Jordan Walsh, Iowa: It says a lot when a third-string running back (Akrum Wadley) can play against an above-average run defense and still rush for more than 200 yards.

C: Jack Allen, Michigan State: He has moved around a bit because of Michigan State's injuries -- and he missed the win against the Wolverines -- but he's one of the nation’s best.


DE: Carl Nassib, Penn State: A former walk-on, he leads the nation in sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (15.5) and forced fumbles (5).

DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State: He hasn't posted numbers the way he did last season, but he still has been a force with nine QB hurries and 1.5 tackles for loss per game.

DT: Austin Johnson, Penn State: Nationally, he might not be as big of a name as teammate Anthony Zettel. But that's starting to change. He's third on his team with 40 tackles.

DT: Willie Henry, Michigan: He has six sacks already and has helped the Wolverines secure, statistically, the second-best defense in the nation.

LB: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin: He has been a mainstay in opposing backfields. He's currently second in the nation in tackles for loss (14.5).

LB: Anthony Walker, Northwestern: He boasts fantastic range and, despite the last two games, has been an important playmaker for the Wildcats.

LB: Darron Lee, Ohio State: Speaking of big plays, Lee apparently even predicts his game-clinching interceptions. He's a game-changer.

CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan: He has been so good that Pro Football Focus ranked him as the seventh-best player in college football, ahead of guys such as Lee and Elliott.

CB: Desmond King, Iowa: Only one player in the nation -- Northern Illinois' Shawun Lurry -- boasts more than King's six picks.

S: Vonn Bell, Ohio State: He leads the Buckeyes in pass breakups (8), and he's versatile enough to be a force against both the pass and run.

S: Michael Caputo, Wisconsin: He's a team leader, a hard hitter and a big reason for the Badgers' No. 7 defense in the nation.


K: Griffin Oakes, Indiana: He has shown the most overall consistency by nailing 10-of-11 field goal attempts.

P: Cam Johnston, Ohio State: He leads the conference in punting average (46.3 yards), and his ability to stop the ball within the 20 is nearly unparalleled.

PR: Will Likely, Maryland: He's second in the nation with a 22-yard average, and he already has returned two punts for touchdowns.

KR: Janarion Grant, Rutgers: He leads the conference with a 29.5-yard average and is tied for first nationally with a pair of return TDs.

The breakdown by team:

Ohio State: 6

Michigan State: 4

Iowa: 3

Michigan: 3

Indiana: 2

Penn State: 2

Rutgers: 2

Wisconsin: 2

Maryland: 1

Northwestern: 1

Illinois: 0

Minnesota: 0

Nebraska: 0

Purdue: 0