Justin Jackson, Saquon Barkley highlight Big Ten All-Bowl team

The bowls are over, so it's time for our annual Big Ten All-Bowl team. Every league team that made the postseason has at least one representative on here. We had to get creative on defense, with several standout performances from linebackers and not many on the defensive line. Penn State and Wisconsin tied for the most selections with five nods each.

Without further ado ...


QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: McSorley threw three interceptions and made a pivotal mistake when he was picked off late in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Still, he completed 18 of 29 passes for 254 yards and threw four touchdowns. Penn State wouldn't have been in the game without him.

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: The Nittany Lions' electric sophomore carried 25 times for 194 yards with two touchdowns in a Rose Bowl shootout against USC. He also caught five passes for 55 yards with a 7-yard touchdown catch. His 79-yard touchdown run was one of the best we've ever seen.

RB Justin Jackson, Northwestern: Jackson produced one of the finest games of his career against Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. He rushed 32 times for 224 yards with three touchdowns, which included a tremendous juke of a Pitt defender on a 40-yard touchdown run.

WR Chris Godwin, Penn State: Nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns will certainly put you on the all-Big Ten bowl team.

WR Brandon Reilly, Nebraska: Reilly hauled in only four catches in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, but he made them count by recording two touchdowns and 98 reception yards.

TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin: He caught six passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and produced a highlight-reel one-handed catch early in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to set the tone.

OL Dan Feeney, Indiana: He squared off against Utah All-American defensive end Hunter Dimick and won the day, holding him without a sack in the Foster Farms Bowl.

OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin: The Badgers' offensive line dominated Western Michigan, especially up the middle. Just look at this for proof.

OL Ryan Ramcyzk, Wisconsin: So, yeah, we're putting two Wisconsin linemen on here, especially since Big Ten offensive lines generally struggled in the postseason.

OL Matt Leidner, Minnesota: Pressed into action at center because of an injury, Leidner made his first career start in the National Funding Holiday Bowl and played extremely well. Oh, and he got to snap the ball to his older brother, Mitch.

OL Ryan Bates, Penn State: He graded out as the Nittany Lions' best offensive lineman in the Rose Bowl. And when you hang 49 points and 465 yards on USC, that earns a spot on this team.


DL Taco Charlton, Michigan: The Wolverines didn’t get their usual defensive performance in the Capital One Orange Bowl, but Charlton gave his usual strong showing. He had a sack and a pair of tackles for loss versus Florida State.

DL Sam Hubbard, Ohio State: Clemson’s defensive line dominated the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, but Hubbard showed off his athleticism at times during the game, too.

LB Tegray Scales, Indiana: He led the Hoosiers with 10 tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in the Foster Farms Bowl.

LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota: The defensive MVP of the National Funding Holiday Bowl, Cashman had 12 tackles and a sack. Not bad for a walk-on.

LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin: The one-time Western Michigan commit led the Badgers with 10 tackles and grabbed a key interception. He then rowed his way off the field.

LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ defense eventually bent and broke against Clemson, but McMillan did all he could with 15 tackles and a sack.

LB Josey Jewell, Iowa: The Hawkeyes' defense was on the field too long and wore down in a 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to Florida. But Jewell contributed 10 tackles and a sack.

DB Damarius Travis, Minnesota: With the defensive backfield decimated by suspensions, Travis helped lead a strong effort against Washington State’s high-powered passing game in a surprising 17-12 win.

DB Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin: Matched up often against Western Michigan star receiver Corey Davis, Shelton more than held his own. Davis had only six catches for 73 yards.

DB Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern: He had seven tackles and an interception to help slow down Pitt’s high-scoring offense.

DB Malik Hooker, Ohio State: In Hooker’s final college game, he made a spectacular interception in the end zone. He finished the season with seven picks.


K Kenny Allen, Michigan: He made all three of his kicks against Florida State, the longest of which was 37 yards.

P Blake Gillikin, Penn State: He averaged 50.8 yards on five attempts, including a 65-yarder.

KR Teldrick Morgan, Maryland: He averaged 30 yards per return and had a 55-yarder in the Terrapins' loss to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl.