ESPN.com's Big Ten all-bowl team

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The Big Ten bowl season is over. So it's time to look back and recognize the top postseason performers from the league. Here is our all-bowl team:


QB: Jake Rudock, Michigan: Four different Big Ten quarterbacks were named MVPs of their bowl games, so this was a crowded field. But Rudock was "darn near flawless," as coach Jim Harbaugh put it, in carving up Florida's NFL-caliber secondary for 278 passing yards and three touchdowns while connecting on 20 of 31 attempts.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Mr. Postseason did it again, running 27 times for 149 yards and a Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl record four touchdowns vs. Notre Dame.

RB: Devine Redding, Indiana: No Jordan Howard, no problem. Redding stepped in with an enormous day at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, running 35 times for 227 yards and a score.

RB: De'Veon Smith, Michigan: We're going with three running backs on this team, because we had to find room for Smith. He broke tackles all day while putting up 109 yards on 25 carries vs. Florida.

WR: Jehu Chesson, Michigan: Despite often being matched up against All-America cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Chesson excelled with five catches for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

WR: Chris Godwin, Penn State: Going against Georgia's top-rated pass defense, Godwin still managed six catches for 133 yards in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

OL: Jason Spriggs, Indiana: The left tackle spearheaded the Hoosiers' 667-yard performance against Duke.

OL: Nick Gates, Nebraska: The Huskers steamrolled UCLA for 326 rushing yards, and Gates was their top individual performer.

OL: Graham Glasgow, Michigan: The Wolverines owned the line of scrimmage against Florida, and Glasgow led the way.

OL: Pat Elflein, Ohio State: He graded out as the Buckeyes' top performer in the Fiesta Bowl.

OL: Mason Cole, Michigan: Did we mention that the Wolverines owned the line of scrimmage vs. Florida?


DL: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State: The freshman had to step up with Adolphus Washington suspended and Joey Bosa earning an early ejection. He came up with a crucial sack in the second half.

DL: Malik McDowell, Michigan State: He didn't look overmatched by Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal loss and was able to get in the Crimson Tide backfield. He'll be a monster next season.

DL: Chris Wormley, Michigan: He had 2.5 tackles for loss as part of a defensive smothering of Florida after the first quarter.

DL: Austin Johnson, Penn State: The big man had eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss vs. Georgia.

LB: Jack Cichy, Wisconsin: Who saw this coming? The little-known linebacker had three sacks in a row vs. USC to help seal the Badgers' win in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

LB: Darron Lee, Ohio State: A fitting farewell for the Buckeyes' star, as he had two sacks and a forced fumble against Notre Dame.

LB: Riley Bullough, Michigan State: The Spartans did give up 38 points to Alabama but held star running back Derrick Henry far below his average. Bullough led the team with 11 tackles.

DB: Eli Apple, Ohio State: The defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl announced on Monday that he'd be leaving early for the NFL.

DB: Eric Murray, Minnesota: The Gophers' secondary helped limit Central Michigan's high-powered passing attack to just 145 yards in the Quick Lane Bowl, and Murray was the leader of that effort.

DB: Michael Caputo, Wisconsin: The senior safety had seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups as the Badgers kept USC in check.

DB: Jarrod Wilson, Michigan: With Jabrill Peppers out with an injury, the Wolverines needed their other starting safety to play well. And he did, including an interception in the end zone.


K: Rafael Gaglianone, Wisconsin: Everyone's favorite Brazilian kicker hit all three of his field-goal attempts against USC, including the game-winner.

P: Peter Mortell, Minnesota: The senior went out in style by averaging 46 yards on his four Quick Lane Bowl attempts, including a 54-yarder

Returner: Jalin Marshall, Ohio State: He averaged 18.3 yards on four punt returns and brought a kickoff back 36 yards