ESPN.com's 2013 All-Big Ten team

The Big Ten released its all-conference teams as selected by coaches and the media earlier this month. We didn't have a vote for the media teams, and we don't pretend to know as much about football as the league's coaches.

But we can also say with confidence that we watched more Big Ten football here at the blog than anyone else. So here are our picks for the 2013 ESPN.com All-Big Ten team:


QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

RB: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR: Allen Robinson, Penn State

WR: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

TE: Devin Funchess, Michigan

OL: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

OL: Brandon Scherff, Iowa

OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan

OL: Corey Linsley, Ohio State

OL: Ryan Groy, Wisconsin


DE: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

DT: Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

DE: Randy Gregory, Nebraska

LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin

LB: Max Bullough, Michigan State

LB: James Morris, Iowa

DB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State

DB: Brock Vereen, Minnesota


K: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

KR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska

PR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

OK, so we cheated just a bit on positions, going with three tackles on our offensive line and a 3-4 defense. But considering the coaches had six defensive backs and two punters on their first team, we don't feel too bad about it. ... We wanted to include Scherff, Lewan and Mewhort on the first team, because we thought they were the three best linemen in the league. If we had to field an actual team with these guys, we're sure we could figure it out. It was a tough call between Groy and Penn State's John Urschel, whom we love for his on- and off-the-field accomplishments. We just felt Wisconsin had the better overall season as an offensive line, so we went with Groy. ... We went with the 3-4 because linebacker was such a deep position in this league -- so deep that we had to leave off some deserving players, like Michigan State's Denicos Allen -- while defensive line wasn't nearly as strong. ... The defensive backfield was a tough call (no wonder the coaches had an, ahem, pick six there). Dennard was a lock, and we felt that Drummond was the league's best safety in a year when that position was a bit weak conference-wide. We like what Vereen did in providing versatility and leadership for the Gophers, and Roby overcame a slow start to do his usual fine work. We had to leave off very good cornerbacks like Michigan's Blake Countess, Nebraska's Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Iowa's B.J. Lowery -- but that's what a second team is for. Stay tuned. ... Ohio State leads the way with six selections, followed by Michigan State with five. It's almost as if those were the two best teams in the league or something.