2015 ESPN.com All-Big Ten team: Connor Cook the call at QB

Connor Cook threw 24 touchdown passes and only five interceptions to help Michigan State earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

The official All-Big Ten teams came out last week. Now it's our time.

Unlike the official league team, we specify positions on the defensive line and the secondary. Without further ado, here is ESPN.com's 2015 All-Big Ten team:


QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State: The senior threw 24 touchdown passes and only five interceptions while leading the Spartans to the Big Ten title. The Spartans' title hopes may depend on the health of his right shoulder.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Just give him the dang ball. The Big Ten offensive player of the year ran for 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns, eclipsing 100 yards 11 times in 12 games (don't ask him about the other one).

RB: Jordan Howard, Indiana: The former UAB transfer had some injury problems this year but was a major force when on the field. He averaged 134 rushing yards per game on 6.2 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns in nine games.

WR: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State: He was the Big Ten receiver of the year, and it wasn't particularly close. Burbridge's 1,219 receiving yards were almost 300 yards more than the second-highest total, and he also caught seven touchdowns.

WR: Alex Erickson, Wisconsin: Erickson accounted for more than a third of the Badgers' receiving yards and finished with 72 catches for 924 yards with three scores.

TE: Jake Butt, Michigan: His talent and Jim Harbaugh's penchant for developing tight ends turned out to be a match made in heaven. Butt had 48 catches for 620 yards and three touchdowns. Only three FBS tight ends had more receiving yards.

OT: Taylor Decker, Ohio State: The Buckeyes' offensive line didn't live up to expectations most of the year, but Decker was a standout once again. The senior named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year.

OT: Jack Conklin, Michigan State: The Spartans righted the ship when Conklin got healthy again and started dominating from his left tackle position.

C: Jack Allen, Michigan State: It was a tough call between Allen and Iowa's Austin Blythe, both of whom are Rimington Trophy finalists. But Allen helped keep the Spartans' line together through an injury rash, sliding over to left tackle to help out in a crisis.

G: Dan Feeney, Indiana: The Hoosiers' standout guard has allowed just one sack in 36 career starts and helps keep the team's offense humming.

G: Jordan Walsh, Iowa: The Hawkeyes senior had his best season and was a key reason why the team's running game improved dramatically.


DE: Joey Bosa, Ohio State: Teams used double- and occasionally triple-team blocking to try and slow down the Big Ten's most feared pass rusher. He still managed 16 tackles for loss, five sacks and 14 quarterback hurries.

DE: Carl Nassib, Penn State: The senior led the nation in sacks and was leading the FBS in tackles for loss most of the season despite missing basically all of the Nittany Lions' final two regular-season games. The former walk-on is one of the best stories in college football.

DT: Austin Johnson, Penn State: Nassib was free to operate on the outside this year in part because Johnson clogged up the middle so well. He eclipsed teammate Anthony Zettel with his best season in a Penn State uniform, which included 5.5 sacks and 13 TFLs.

DT: Malik McDowell, Michigan State: As the year wore on, McDowell -- just a true sophomore -- became the most feared member of the Spartans' ultra-talented defensive line. He accumulated more sacks and tackles for loss than former Michigan State All-America defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.

LB: Joe Schobert, Wisconsin: The Big Ten's linebacker of the year was an incredibly disruptive presence, collecting 18.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

LB: Anthony Walker, Northwestern: A true sideline-to-sideline force, Walker broke out in a big way as a sophomore for the Wildcats' defense, which was the engine for their 10-2 campaign. He tied Nassib for the league lead with 19.5 tackles for loss.

LB: Joshua Perry, Ohio State: All three Buckeyes linebackers deserve recognition, but Perry's leadership and all-around production earned him the slight nod in a crowded race for the last linebacker spot on our team.

CB: Desmond King, Iowa: The Big Ten defensive back of the year and a likely All-American, King tied a school record with eight interceptions and often eliminated one side of the field for the Hawkeyes defense.

CB: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan: They say that breaking up is hard to do. Unless you're Lewis, who had 19 pass break-ups and two interceptions in a sterling year for the Wolverines.

S: Vonn Bell, Ohio State: A do-it-all playmaker in the back end for the Buckeyes, Bell helped Ohio State limit opponents to a paltry 176.2 passing yards per game.

S: Michael Caputo, Wisconsin: The captain for a Badgers defense that led the Big Ten in yards allowed (267.1 per game), Caputo makes our first team for the second straight year.


K: Griffin Oakes, Indiana: Led the Big Ten in field-goal percentage and field goals, drilling 22 of his 25 attempts.

P: Sam Foltz, Nebraska: Led the league with a 44.4 yards per attempt average, winning Big Ten punter of the year honors.

PR: Will Likely, Maryland: Averaged a ludicrous 18.2 yards per punt return, scoring twice. Teams went out of their way to avoid punting to him.

KR: Janarion Grant, Rutgers: Ran three kickoffs back for touchdowns this year, most of any Big Ten player.

All-purpose: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan: Defense, offense, kick returns. Is there anything the Big Ten freshman of the year can't do?