December 11, 2008

Rivals.com 2008 All-Big Ten Team

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ALL-BIG TEN FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
Particulars: 6-2/235, Sr.
High schools: Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline
Key stats: Clark engineered an attack that paced the conference in scoring (40.2 ppg). He ranked second in the Big Ten in passing efficiency with 17 TD tosses and just four picks.
Particulars: 5-11/235, Jr.
High schools: Milford (Conn.) Milford Academy
Key stats: The Big Ten's top rusher set a school single-season record with 1,729 yards rushing, and was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (i.e., Division I-A) running back to run for more than 100 yards in each game. The last Big Ten back to run for more than 100 yards in each league game was Curtis Enis in 1997.
Particulars: 5-9/202, Sr.
High schools: Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne
Key stats: The workhorse led the nation with 379 carriers and ran for 1,590 yards, accounting for 96 percent of the Spartans' rushing yards. Ringer also led the nation with 21 rushing TDs. He is the first MSU back with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since 2000-01 (T.J. Duckett).
Particulars: 6-2/214, Soph.
High schools: Washington (D.C.) Dunbar
Key stats: Benn paced the Big Ten with 1,055 receiving yards, averaging 15.7 yards per catch with three touchdowns. He also rushed for 101 yards and two scores on 23 carries.
Particulars: 6-2/215, Jr.
High schools: Cold Spring (Minn.) Rocori
Key stats: Despite missing one game, Decker led the Big Ten and set a school single-season record with 76 receptions and ranked second in receiving yards with 925.
Particulars: 6-4/237, Jr.
High schools: Brick (N.J.) Brick Memorial
Key stats: Graham paced Big Ten tight ends with 37 receptions for 478 yards and five TDs.
Particulars: 6-8/312, Sr.
High schools: Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward
Key stats: Boone was the keystone of the line on the Big Ten's No. 3 running team (191.6 ypg).
T Gerald Cadogan, Penn State
Particulars: 6-5/314, Sr.
High schools: Portsmouth (Ohio) High
Key stats: Cadogan helped the Nittany Lions have the best offense in Big Ten, averaging 452.2 yards and 40.2 points, while yielding a Big Ten-low 12 sacks.
G Seth Olsen, Iowa
Particulars: 6-5/305, Sr.
High schools: Omaha (Neb.) Millard North
Key stats: The Hawkeyes averaged 189.3 yards per game rushing, thanks in part to the efforts of Olsen.
G Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-6/332, Sr.
High schools: Hudson (Wis.) High
Key stats: Urbik was the anchor on the line of the Big Ten's top rushing offense, which averaged 212 yards and ran for 31 TDs.
C A.Q. Shipley, Penn State
Particulars: 6-1/300, Sr.
High schools: Coraopolis (Pa.) Moon Area
Key stats: Named the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year, Shipley was the centerpiece of the conference's best line. Shipley helped pave the way to 211.6 rushing yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry.
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
E Aaron Maybin, Penn State
Particulars: 6-4/245, Jr.
High schools: Ellicott City (Md.) Mount Hebron
Key stats: Maybin ranked third in the league in tackles for loss with 1.6 per game and led the conference with 12 sacks, helping the Nittany Lions tie for second in the Big Ten (32 sacks) in that category.
Particulars: 6-7/280, Jr.
High schools: Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Key stats: A terror off the edge, Wootton had nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss. The Wildcats led the Big Ten in sacks with 2.75 per game and finished second in tackles for loss with 6.8 per game.
T Mitch King, Iowa
Particulars: 6-3/280, Sr.
High schools: Burlington (Iowa) High
Key stats: His 55 career tackles for loss rank second among FBS players. King helped the Hawkeyes hold Michigan State's Javon Ringer, Pitt's LeSean McCoy and Penn State's Evan Royster to less than 100 yards rushing.
T Jared Odrick, Penn State
Particulars: 6-5/303, Jr.
High schools: Lebanon (Pa.) High
Key stats: Odrick was the anchor of a defense that allowed foes to convert just 30.8 percent on third down, which was the best in the league. Penn State also led the league in rushing defense (95.9 ypg).
LB Greg Jones, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-1/222, Soph.
High schools: Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller
Key stats: The Big Ten's top tackler in league play, Jones averaged 11.1 stops per game and closed the season with double-digit tackles in his final six contests.
LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-3/240, Sr.
High schools: Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata
Key stats: The No. 2 tackler in the Big Ten (10.1 per game), Laurinaitis was the spiritual leader of the Big Ten's No. 2 total defense (279.3 ypg) and No. 2 scoring defense (13.1 ppg).
Particulars: 6-1/250, Sr.
High schools: Decatur (Ill.) Eisenhower
Key stats: Miller was the Big Ten's top tackler, collecting 72 solo stops and 60 assists to average 11 per game. That average ranked third in the nation.
CB Vontae Davis, Illinois
Particulars: 6-0/204, Jr.
High schools: Washington (D.C.) Dunbar
Key stats: Davis, one of the most physically gifted defensive backs in the nation, had two picks, eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 78 tackles for the Illini.
CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-1/201, Sr.
High schools: Piscataway (N.J.) High
Key stats: Jenkins had three picks and nine pass breakups, and was the best player in a secondary that helped the Buckeyes finish third in the Big Ten in pass defense (101.2 rating).
FS Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State
Particulars: 6-0/197, Sr.
High schools: West Deptford (N.J.) High
Key stats: Scirrotto was part of a secondary that led the league in pass-efficiency defense (97.3) and scoring defense (12.4 ppg). He was fourth on the team with 57 tackles and had two interceptions.
FS Otis Wiley, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-2/210, Sr.
High schools: Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth
Key stats: Wiley was second in the Big Ten in interceptions (four) and eighth in pass breakups (11). He also doubled as a standout punt returner.
SPECIALISTS
K Kevin Kelly, Penn State
Particulars: 5-7/164, Sr.
High schools: Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy
Key stats: Kelly was 19-of-23 on field-goal attempts, hitting all 15 of his attempts from 39 yards and in, with a long of 52.
Particulars: 6-5/235, Sr.
High schools: Twinsburg (Ohio) High
Key stats: Mesko paced the Big Ten with a 42.9-yard average on a league-high 80 boots. He had 24 kicks downed inside the 20, with only three touchbacks, and 21 fair catches.
KR Derrick Williams, Penn State
Particulars: 6-0/199, Sr.
High schools: Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
Key stats: Williams returned a conference-best two kickoffs for scores and was second in the Big Ten with a 27-yard average on 18 returns.
PR Ray Small, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-11/180, Jr.
High schools: Cleveland Glenville
Key stats: Small led the league with a 15.1-yard average on 23 punt returns, with one TD.
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Juice Williams, Illinois, Jr.
RB Evan Royster, Penn State, Soph.
RB Chris Wells, Ohio State, Jr.
WR Derrick Williams, Penn State, Sr.
WR David Gilreath, Wisconsin, Soph.
TE Brandon Meyers, Iowa, Sr.
T Bryan Bulaga, Iowa, Soph.
T Xavier Fulton, Illinois, Sr.
G Roland Martin, Michigan State, Sr.
G Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State, Sr.
C Rob Bruggeman, Iowa, Sr.
DEFENSE
E Brandon Graham, Michigan, Jr.
E Jammie Kirlew, Indiana, Jr.
T Matt Kroul, Iowa, Sr.
LB Pat Angerer, Iowa, Jr.
LB Navorro Bowman, Penn State, Soph.
LB Marcus Freeman, Ohio State, Sr.
CB Allen Langford, Wisconsin, Sr.
CB Lydell Sargeant, Penn State, Sr.
SS Jay Valai, Wisconsin, Soph.
FS Brendan Smith, Northwestern, Jr.
SPECIALISTS
K Brett Swenson, Michigan State, Jr.
P Aaron Bates, Michigan State, Soph.
KR Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota, Fr.
PR Andy Brodell, Iowa, Sr.



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