December 9, 2010 2010 All-Big Ten team

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Few leagues had as much strength at the top as the Big Ten, with Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State finishing 11-1 and tied for first. The power of those three programs is reflected in's All-Big Ten first team, with 12 of the 24 picks hailing from those three schools.

But the two most singularly impressive players come from other schools. Michigan's Denard Robinson enjoyed one of the most impressive seasons by any quarterback in NCAA history, and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was as dominant as any defender in the nation.

The awards
League MVP: Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Offensive MVP: Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Defensive MVP: Purdue E Ryan Kerrigan
Coach of year: Michigan State's Mark Dantonio
Coordinator of year: Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst
Freshman of year: Wisconsin RB James White
Robinson and Kerrigan weren't the only surprise winners. When 2010 dawned, expectations at Michigan State were modest coming off a 6-7 season. But the Spartans confounded experts by winning their first conference title since 1990. Our Big Ten coach of the year, Mark Dantonio, deserves credit, helping the team exceed expectations despite suffering a heart attack in September.

Wisconsin's James White is our Big Ten freshman of the year. He paced the league's newcomers with 1,029 rushing yards -- third in the nation among freshman -- and 14 rushing touchdowns. The speedy White was an effective complement to Badgers power backs John Clay and Montee Ball.

Particulars: 6-0/193, Soph.; Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High
Buzz: The most electrifying player in the nation, "D-Rob" became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards (2,316) and rush for 1,500 yards (1,643) in a season.
Particulars: 5-10/202, Jr.; Warren (Ohio) Harding
Buzz: One of just five Big Ten 1,000-yard rushers (1,068), Herron was money near the goal line en route to scoring 15 rushing touchdowns.
Particulars: 6-0/230, Jr.; Champaign (Ill.) Centennial
Buzz: Paced Big Ten running backs with 1,371 yards rushing, ranking eighth in the nation with a 124.6 per game average. Leshoure burned Northwestern for 330 yards rushing.
Particulars: 6-1/200, Sr.; Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
Buzz: The Hawkeyes' top target tied for the Big Ten lead with 10 touchdown catches. His ability to stretch the field opened the ground game for Iowa.
WR Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-11/180, Sr.; Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic
Buzz: The underrated Sanzenbacher caught 52 passes for 889 yards and averaged a Big Ten-leading 17.1 yards per grab.
Particulars: 6-4/241, Sr.; Milwaukee Rufus King
Buzz: Kendricks, a Mackey Award finalist, is an athletic tight end who is as comfortable running a deep route as he is a crossing pattern in traffic. And tight ends in the Badgers' attack also must block.
T Mike Adams, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-8/300, Jr.; Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Buzz: A rangy blocker who helped the Buckeyes' attack rank No. 3 in the Big Ten (448.8 ypg).
T Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-7/327, Sr.; Monona (Wis.) Monona Grove
Buzz: He helped pave the way for a rushing attack that ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten (247.4 ypg). Carimi is the latest in a long line of dominating Badgers offensive tackles, and he's simply a road-grader in the run game.
G John Moffitt, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-5/323, Sr.; West Haven (Conn.) Notre Dame
Buzz: Moffitt, a three-year starter for the Badgers, is another vital part of a line that has opened holes for three backs who have rushed for at least 800 yards apiece.
Particulars: 6-3/306, Sr.; Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Buzz: A classic mauler who was the leader of a rebuilt line.
C David Molk, Michigan
Particulars: 6-2/287, Jr.; Lemont (Ill.) Lemont Township
Buzz: A Rimington Award candidate, Molk is a smart player who excelled at making line calls while also being the top blocker on a unit that paved the way for the Big Ten's No. 1 rushing attack.
Particulars: 6-4/263, Sr.; Muncie (Ind.) Central
Buzz: A pure dominator, Kerrigan ranked first in the nation in tackles for loss with 26 and third in sacks with 12.5. He also forced five fumbles, giving him 14 of those in the past three seasons. And he did it all with zero help from teammates on a moribund Purdue defense.
T Karl Klug, Iowa
Particulars: 6-4/270, Sr.; Caledonia (Minn.) High
Buzz: Iowa places a premium on quick defensive tackles, and Klug fills the bill. He has made 52 tackles and has 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
T Corey Liuget, Illinois
Particulars: 6-3/300, Jr.; Hialeah (Fla.) High
Buzz: The former star recruit enjoyed a breakout season, notching 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
E J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-6/292, Jr.; Central Michigan transfer, preceded by Pewaukee (Wis.) High
Buzz: A disruptive force for the Badgers, the relentless Watt has 59 tackles, seven sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He also has seven pass breakups, 10 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three blocked kicks.
Particulars: 6-1/240, Sr.; Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller
Buzz: Jones is a tackling machine who is as valuable for his on-field skills as he is for his intangibles. He leads the Spartans with 98 tackles, and is relentless from sideline to sideline.
LB Brian Rolle, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-11/218, Sr.; Immokalee (Fla.) High
Buzz: He lacks height, but Rolle is an explosive hitter with tremendous quickness. He paced the Buckeyes with 70 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss.
LB Martez Wilson, Illinois
Particulars: 6-4/250, Jr.; Chicago Simeon
Buzz: The former five-star recruit finally lived up to his billing, staying healthy and leading the Illini with 100 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks on a much-improved defense.
CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-0/190, Sr.; Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge
Buzz: The best cover man in the Big Ten, Chekwa is an enticing combination of size and strength. He also is excellent in run support.
CB Shaun Prater, Iowa
Particulars: 5-11/180, Jr.; Omaha (Neb.) Central
Buzz: The best ballhawk in the Big Ten, Prater was tied for the Big Ten lead with four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.
FS Jermale Hines, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-1/216, Sr.; Cleveland Glenville
Buzz: A key cog in the Big Ten's top-ranked pass defense, Hines is equally adept in coverage and run support.
SS Brett Greenwood, Iowa
Particulars: 6-0/200, Sr.; Bettendorf (Iowa); Pleasant Valley
Buzz: He's half of the Hawkeyes' solid safety duo. He is tied for the league and team lead in interceptions with four and also has 50 tackles and three pass breakups.
K Dan Conroy, Michigan State
Particulars: 5-10/185, Soph.; Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton Warrenville South
Buzz: He nailed 14-of-15 field-goal attempts, with a long of 50 yards.
P Anthony Santella, Illinois
Particulars: 6-2/190, Sr.; Wauconda (Ill.) High
Buzz: He paced the league in punts (59) and still ranked second with a 45.2-yard-average, which ranked 11th in the nation.
Particulars: 5-10/190, Jr.; Dallas Skyline
Buzz: Stoudermire averaged 27.2 yards on 29 returns for the Golden Gophers. He had especially good days against Ohio State and Michigan State.
PR Keshawn Martin, Michigan State
Particulars: 5-11/185, Jr.; Westland (Mich.) John Glenn
Buzz: He led the league in punt returns, averaging 14.2 yards per attempt. He returned one for a touchdown in the Spartans' victory over Wisconsin.
QB Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-3/205, Sr.; Rolling Meadows (Ill.) Palatine Fremd
RB John Clay, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-1/248, Jr.; Racine (Wis.) Washington Park
RB Evan Royster, Penn State
Particulars: 6-1/228, Sr.; Fairfax (Va.) Westfield
Particulars: 6-3/200, Jr.; Indianapolis Ben Davis
WR Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Particulars: 6-4/215, Jr.; St. Louis Hazelwood Central
TE Allen Reisner, Iowa
Particulars: 6-3/248, Sr.; Marion (Iowa) High
T Riley Reiff, Iowa
Particulars: 6-6/300, Soph.; Parkston (S.D.) High
T D.J. Young, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-5/298, Sr.; Lansing (Mich.) Sexton
G Justin Boren, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-3/320, Sr.; Pickerington (Ohio) High
G Joel Foreman, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-4/310, Jr.; Highland (Mich.) Milford
C Graham Pocic, Illinois
Particulars: 6-7/305, Soph.; Lemont (Ill.) Lemont Township
Particulars: 6-4/285, Sr.; St. Louis Webster Groves
T Mike Martin, Michigan
Particulars: 6-2/299, Jr.; Redford (Mich.) Catholic Central
E Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-5/288, Sr.; Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
LB Chris Colasanti, Penn State
Particulars: 6-2/241, Sr.; Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice
LB Eric Gordon, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-0/232, Sr.; Traverse City (Mich.) West
LB Ross Homan, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-0/227, Sr.; Coldwater (Ohio) High
LB Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa
Particulars: 6-2/235, Sr.; York (Pa.) Harrisburg Science & Technology
CB Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Particulars: 5-11/170, Soph.; Akron (Ohio) Buchtel
CB Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-2/200, Sr.; Warren (Ohio) Harding
FS Tyler Sash, Iowa
Particulars: 6-1/210, Jr.; Oskaloosa (Iowa)
Particulars: 6-4/215, Jr.; Pickerington (Ohio) Pickerington Central
K Derek Dimke, Illinois
Particulars: 6-0/180, Jr.; Rockford (Ill.) Boylan
P Aaron Bates, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-0/198, Sr.; New Concord (Ohio) John Glenn
KR David Gilreath, Wisconsin
Particulars: 5-11/169, Sr.; North Plymouth (Minn.) Robbinsdale Armstrong
PR Jordan Hall, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-9/195, Soph.; Jeannette (Pa.) High

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