|First Team||Offense||Second Team|
|J.T Barrett, OSU||Quarterback||Connor Cook, MSU|
|Tevin Coleman, Indiana||Running Back||Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska|
|Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin||Running Back||David Cobb, Minnesota|
|Tony Lippett, MSU||Receiver||Kenny Bell, Nebraska|
|Stefon Diggs, Maryland||Receiver||Leontre Carroo, Rutgers|
|Tommy Olsen, Minnesota||Center||Jack Allen, MSU|
|Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin||Guard||Pat Elflein, OSU|
|Zack Epping, Minnesota||Guard||Travis Jackson, MSU|
|Jack Conklin, MSU||Tackle||Taylor Decker, OSU|
|Brandon Sherff, Iowa||Tackle||Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin|
|Maxx Williams, Minnesota||Tight End||Dan Vitale, Northwestern|
|Brad Craddock, Maryland||Kicker||Sam Ficken, PSU|
|First Team||Defense||Second Team|
|Joey Bosa, OSU||DE||Marcus Rush, MSU|
|Randy Gregory, Nebraska||DE||Shilique Calhoun, MSU|
|Michael Bennett, OSU||DL||Maliek Collins, Nebraska|
|Anthony Zettel, PSU||DL||Andre Monroe, Maryland|
|Mike Hull, PSU||Linebacker||Darron Lee, OSU|
|Jake Ryan, Michigan||Linebacker||Quinton Alston, Iowa|
|Derek Landisch, Wisconsin||Linebacker||Damien Wilson, Minnesota|
|William Likely, Maryland||Defensive Back||Doran Grant, OSU|
|Trae Waynes, MSU||Defensive Back||Eric Murray, Minnesota|
|Michael Caputo, Wisconsin||Defensive Back||Kurtis Drummond, MSU|
|Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minn||Defensive Back||Adrian Amos, PSU|
|Peter Mortell, Minnesota||Punter||Justin DuVernois, Illinois|
Click the jump to see honorable mention (there are players that I believe still deserve recognition but didn't make the first or second team and offensive and defensive MVP.
Honorable Mention (Alphabetical order)
HM QB: None (whomp whomp)
HM RB: Ezekiel Elliot, OSU; Jeremy Langford, MSU
HM WR: Danny Anthrop, Purdue; Mike Dudek, Illinois; DaeSean Hamilton, PSU; Devin Smith, OSU; Michael Thomas, OSU; Shane Wynn, Indiana
HM TE: Jake Butt, Michigan; Jeff Heuerman, OSU; Jesse James, PSU; Josiah Price, MSU
HM OL: Austin Blythe, Iowa; Josh Campion, Minn; Jake Cotton, Nebraska; Dan Feeney, Indianal Robert Kugler, Purdue; Alex Lewis, Nebraska; Tyler Marz, Wisconsin; Collin Rahig, Indiana; Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
HM DL: Deion Barnes, PSU; Brennen Beyer, Michigan; Cameron Botticelli, Minnesota; Theiren Cockran, Minnesota; Ryan Glasgow, Michigan; Darius Hamilton, Rutgers; Austin Johnson, PSU; Drew Ott, Iowa; Louis Tinca-Pasat, Iowa
HM LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern; Vince Biegel, Wisconsin; Ed Davis, MSU; Taiwan Jones, MSU; Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland; Joshua Perry, OSU; Marcus Trotter, Wisconsin; Nyeem Wartman, PSU
HM DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northestern; Darius Hillary, Wisconsin; Jordan Lewis, Michigan; Jordan Lucas, PSU; Josh Mitchell, Nebraska; Frankie Williams, Purdue
Offensive MVP: Melvin Gordon (Runner Up: JT Barrett; Tevin Coleman, Brandon Sherff)
What Melvin Gordon did leading up the the B1G Championship game was about as impressive as it gets in the modern age of football. Wisconsin's OL is good, but not great; Gordon made them look amazing at times. Without a great QB to help him out, he still put up great numbers.
JT Barrett's Freshman campaign can't be disregarded. The amount of confidence he gained from going into East Lansing and playing lights out transformed him from a game manager to someone that could take over games. A different player than the one we saw early against VT, by seasons end, he was even proving some of his "weaknesses" (arm strength) weren't to be primary concerns any longer.
Tevin Coleman had an amazing season, especially considering the QB situation at Indiana. His performance against OSU was great, and looks even better in light of conference title game (an albeit completely different looking OSU Defense). He was Indiana's offense for much of the year, and teams still weren't able to hold him down.
Iowa's OL was uncharacteristically mediocre in many ways, except for Sherff. Sherff displayed why he is likely to be a top 10 pick in the upcoming draft, and Iowa was essentially able to run offense because of him and how much opposing defenses had to fear him.
Defensive MVP: Mike Hull (Runner Up: Joey Bosa, Anthony Zettel, Derek Landisch)
Mike Hull had a ton of help from his DL, which I think was the best position group in all the B1G. But he made plays, a ton of plays. He flew all over the field, was good in pass drops, was a part of almost every play when his unit was on the field, and set the tone for the conferences best defense.
Joey Bosa took another step, and it should be scary to teams that he still has another year. While the OSU DL experienced extreme highs and confusing lows, Bosa was always consistent. Even when his direct impact was minimized (MSU), he opened a lot up for the rest of OSU defense.
I said the PSU was the best position group in the B1G, and Zettel was the best player on that unit. His feel for the game, when to drop off blocks, get his hands up, and make plays was uncharacteristic for a college player. His ability to make a big impact both inside and occasionally outside puts him in this position.
Landisch was the best LB on the Badgers team and was forced to be even better with only a decent DL in front of him. Wisconsin was a much better defense with him on the field, and with the way the Badger defense played in the regular season, Landisch gets a lot of that credit.
I tried to perform a sanity check on my numbers, here's what I found (1st team = 3 points; 2nd team = 2 points; HM = 1 point)
|Team||First Team||Second Team||HM||Total||Weighted|
I feel like I was fairly accurate. I saw more of the East so that explains a little bit. Rutgers didn't get nearly the love they should have and I may need to reevaluate that a little bit. PSU got a lot of love, but it was almost all on defense (Jesse James was a good pass catching threat, but I almost left him off because of his blocking which was very poor). I was surprised with Minnesota, and while Wisconsin was still high, them not being the highest doesn't feel right for obvious reasons. But compared to the B1G standings, this measures out pretty well.