August 16, 2007

Rivals.com Preseason All-Big Ten Teams

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2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Big Ten First Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Chad Henne
Michigan, Sr.
Entering his fourth year as a starter, Henne was a contender for several national awards and received all-conference recognition last season. He has passed for more than 2,500 yards in each season. Last year, he completed 61.9 percent of his attempts for 2,508 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
DE
: Kenny Iwebema
Iowa, Sr.
Iwebema was an all-conference selection as a sophomore, but last year was he plagued by a shoulder injury which forced him to miss three games and parts of others. Despite the injury, Iwebema still posted four sacks in 2006.
RB
: Mike Hart
Michigan, Sr.
In 2006, Hart finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after rushing for 1,562 yards and 14 touchdowns. A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Hart rushed for 100 yards or more nine times last season and totaled at least 91 yards in every regular season game.
DE
: Vernon Gholston
Ohio State, Jr.
A former linebacker, Gholston earned All-Big Ten acclaim as a sophomore after posting 8 sacks and 15 tackles for loses. He had 49 tackles overall.
RB
: P.J. Hill
Wisconsin, So.
Hill was named an All-American and National Freshman of the Year by Rivals.com last season after rushing 1,569 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.
DT
: Terrance Taylor
Michigan, Jr.
The only returning starter on Michigan's defensive line, Taylor had 23 tackles - five for loss - a sack and broke up two passes during his first year as a starter.
WR
: Mario Manningham
Michigan, Jr.
Although an injury interrupted his sophomore season, Manningham still had a remarkable year in 2006. He finished with 38 catches for an average of 18.5 yards per reception with nine touchdowns.
DT
: Mitch King
Iowa, Jr.
A former linebacker, King had a breakout sophomore year with 56 tackles - 14 for losses and seven sacks. He also broke up two passes for the Hawkeyes.
WR
: Dorien Bryant
Purdue, Sr.
He's third on the Boilermakers' career receptions list with 205. Last season, Bryant earned All-Big Ten recognition by hauling in 88 passes for 1,068 yards and six touchdowns.
LB
: J Leman
Illinois, Sr.
Leman earned all-conference honors a year ago after leading the Big Ten with 152 tackles. Nineteen of his tackles resulted in 65 yards in losses.
TE
: Travis Beckum
Wisconsin, Jr.
Beckum was a Mackey Award semifinalist and all-conference pick in 2006. Beckum led the Badgers with 61 receptions for 903 yards and five touchdowns.
LB
: James Laurinaitis
Ohio State, Jr.
In his first season in the starting lineup, Laurinaitis earned All-America status and won the Nagurski Award. Laurinaitis posted 115 tackles and five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Texas.
OT
: Jake Long
Michigan, Sr.
A returning All-American, Long is rated by several sources as the nation's top offensive lineman. He's a strong contender for several national awards, including the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.
LB
: Dan Connor
Penn State, Sr.
An All-America selection in 2006, he recorded 113 tackles (70 solo stops), five sacks and forced three fumbles. Connor also had an interception.
OT
: Kirk Barton
Ohio State, Sr.
A starter since his freshman season, Barton was an all-conference selection a year ago. He excelled in both run and pass blocking for an offense which averaged 34.6 points in 2006.
CB
: Malcolm Jenkins
Ohio State, Jr.
Jenkins enters his third year as a starter for the Buckeyes. He was named All-Big Ten as a sophomore after notching 55 tackles and four interceptions. He also broke up seven passes in 2006.
G
: Adam Kraus
Michigan, Sr.
Kraus is entering his third season as a starter for the Wolverines. He was an all-conference selection a year ago.
CB
: Jack Ikegwuonu
Wisconsin, Sr.
An All-Big Ten pick in '06, Ikegwuonu was credited with 13 passes defended as a junior, including two interceptions. He also totaled 41 tackles for the Badgers.
G
: Jordan Grimes
Purdue, Sr.
Grimes is entering his third season as a starter. He earned all-conference recognition last season. Grimes was the best lineman on an offense which averaged 415.7 yards per game to rank 13th nationally in 2006.
S
: Otis Wiley
Michigan State, Jr.
A play-making free safety, last season Wiley posted 94 tackles, including 6 for losses and a sack. He did not manage an interception, but broke up 10 passes.
C
: Marcus Coleman
Wisconsin, Sr.
He's included on the Rimington Award watch list. Last season he started every game at center for the Badgers and twice was named the team's offensive player of the week.
S
: Jamar Adams
Michigan, Sr.
He gained some All-Big Ten recognition in 2006 after recording 47 tackles, breaking up seven passes and grabbing one interception.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Taylor Mehlhaff
Wisconsin, Sr.
Mehlhaff was an all-conference pick and Groza Award semifinalist in '06. He converted 15 of 20 field-goal attempts and hit two from more than 50 yards.
P
: Ken DeBauche
Wisconsin, Sr.
Entering his fourth year as the starter, DeBauche has a 42.8-yard career average. Last season he averaged 41.8 yards per kick and had 15 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.
KR
: Marcus Thigpen
Indiana, Jr.
Thigpen was named an All-American by Rivals.com after leading the nation with a 30.1-yard average on 24 kickoff returns, including three he brought back for touchdowns.
UTIL
: Tyrell Sutton
Northwestern, Jr.
He's seeking his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. He's also an excellent receiver. Sutton has caught at least 40 passes in each of his first two seasons. He enters his junior year with 657 receiving yards and four TD catches.
2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Big Ten Second Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Curtis Painter
Purdue, Sr.
Painter is coming off a junior year in which he led the Big Ten in total offense (292.3 yards) and passing yards (284.6). He completed 59.4 percent of his attempts in 2006 for 3,985 yards and 22 touchdowns. On the down side, he threw 19 interceptions.
DE
: Lawrence Wilson
Ohio State, Jr.
He was a backup last season but is expected to have a breakout year. In 2006 he notched only 16 tackles, but five were for losses and three were sacks.
RB
: Chris Wells
Ohio State, So.
One of the nation's most heralded recruits in 2006, he rushed for 576 yards and seven touchdowns in a backup role last season. Now in a starting role, those numbers should at least double.
DE
: Bryan Mattison
Iowa, Sr.
Mattison is coming off a solid season in which he registered 59 tackles. Of those stops, 10 went for losses - included 6 sacks. He also broke up six passes and forced four fumbles.
RB
: Javon Ringer
Michigan State, Jr.
Ringer averaged 5.8 yards per carry while rushing for 497 yards in 2006. Injuries and the Spartans' previous offensive system limited his production. He's healthy now, and new coach Mark Dantonio has the Spartans working on a more run-oriented system.
DT
: Chris Norwell
Illinois, Sr.
Last season he recorded 42 tackles - the third consecutive year in which he posted at least 40 stops. He also had 22 tackles for losses and five sacks.
WR
: James Hardy
Indiana, Jr.
A 6-foot-7, 220-pound target, Hardy has more than 50 receptions in each of the two previous seasons. Last year he averaged 14.2 yards on 51 catches with 10 going for touchdowns. He recently broke a finger in practice, but is expected to be ready to play in the season opener.
DT
: Nick Hayden
Wisconsin, Sr.
Hayden has made 26 consecutive starts. Last season he posted 27 tackles, including four for losses. Hayden was named the Badgers' defensive player of the week for his performance against Michigan.
WR
: Adrian Arrington
Michigan, Sr.
Last season, Arrington was second on the team with 40 receptions and eight touchdowns. He averaged 13.6 yards per catch and had at least one catch in every game.
LB
: Mike Klinkenborg
Iowa, Sr.
He received all-conference acclaim in 2006 after posting 129 tackles - 61 solo - with six for losses and a sack. He also broke up two passes.
TE
: Dustin Keller
Purdue, Sr.
In his first season as a starter, Keller had 56 receptions for 771 yards last year. He had at least four catches in nine games.
LB
: Sean Lee
Penn State, Jr.
Though overshadowed by teammates Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor last season, Lee still had 90 tackles, 5 sacks, forced two fumbles and had an interception.
OT
: Alex Boone
Ohio State, Jr.
Last season was his first as a full-time starter. Boone was part of an offense which averaged 384.5 yards and allowed just 12 sacks.
LB
: Marcus Freeman
Ohio State, Sr.
Freeman is equally effective against the run and the pass. He stepped into the starting lineup last season and recorded 71 tackles. He also had two interceptions and broke up six passes.
OT
: Dace Richardson
Iowa, Jr.
One of five Hawkeye true freshman to play in 2005, Richardson has steadily improved since arriving on campus. Last season, Richardson earned a starting job on an offense that averaged 383.3 yards per game.
CB
: Justin King
Penn State, Jr.
An excellent cover corner, King was a second team all-conference pick as a sophomore after posting 30 stops, an interception and breaking up six passes.
G
: Steve Rehring
Ohio State, Jr.
Rehring is in his second season starting at left guard. The Buckeyes averaged 348.2 total yards with him in the starting lineup.
CB
: Vontae Davis
Illinois, So.
Named a freshman All-American by Rivals.com, Davis had 52 tackles, an interception and broke up six passes last season.
G
: Kraig Urbik
Wisconsin, Jr.
Moving from right tackle this year, Urbik has made 26 consecutive starts. He helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 373 yards per game last season.
S
: Anthony Scirrotto
Penn State, Jr.
He's coming off an excellent season in which he was named All-Big Ten. He led the conference with six interceptions, had 14 passes defended and posted 58 tackles.
C
: Tony Brinkhaus
Minnesota, Sr.
Brinkhaus moved from guard to center a year ago and helped the Gophers accumulate the second highest passing total in school history. He and his linemates also paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher.
S
: Dominique Barber
Minnesota, Sr.
In his first season as a starter, Barber posted four interceptions and broke up four passes in 2006. He also had 74 tackles, 47 of which were solo stops.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Aaron Pettrey
Ohio State, So.
Last season he converted eight of 11 field-goal attempts, including two from 50 yards. He was 7-for-8 between 30 and 49 yards.
P
: A.J. Trapasso
Ohio State, Jr.
Averaged 41 yards per punt and had a 38.9-yard net average last season. He had only 15 of 49 punts returned for a 2.1-yard average.
KR
: Derrick Williams
Penn State, Jr.
Last season Williams returned 25 punts for 301 yards, a 12.0 average. He returned one for a touchdown and came close to breaking a few others. His average placed him in the top 20 nationally.
UTIL
: Albert Young
Iowa, Sr.
Injuries limited his production in 2006, but as a sophomore he was an all-conference selection after rushing for 1,334 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 54 receptions the last two seasons.

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