's 2012 All-Big Ten teams

BTN will announce the 2012 Big Ten All-Big Ten teams at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Before the lists are made official on our 60-minute special,’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their first-teams and superlative winners.

See who made the teams in this post. Who did we miss? Tell us your teams in the comment section at the bottom of the post.

QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State* Braxton Miller, Ohio State*
RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin Montee Ball, Wisconsin
RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
WR Allen Robinson, Penn State Allen Robinson, Penn State
WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE Ted Bolser, Indiana Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
G Spencer Long, Nebraska Spencer Long, Nebraska
G Brian Mulroe, Northwestern Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
T Taylor Lewan, Michigan Taylor Lewan, Michigan
T Rickey Wagner, Wisconsin Rickey Wagner, Wisconsin
K Jeff Budzien, Northwestern Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
DL Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State John Simon, Ohio State**
DL Jordan Hill, Penn State Jordan Hill, Penn State
DL Eric Martin, Nebraska Kawann Short, Purdue
DL John Simon, Ohio State Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State** Michael Mauti, Penn State
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan Max Bullough, Michigan State
LB Michael Mauti, Penn State Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
DB Bradley Roby, Ohio State Micah Hyde, Iowa
DB Daimion Stafford, Nebraska Bradley Roby, Ohio State
DB Micah Hyde, Iowa Daimion Staffod, Nebraska
DB Johnny Adams, Michigan State Johnny Adams, Michigan State
P Mike Sadler, Michigan State Mike Sadler, Michigan State

* — Denotes Offensive Player of the Year
** — Denotes Defensive Player of the Year

Coach of the Year: Bill O’Brien, Penn State (unanimous)
Freshman of the Year: Deion Barnes, Penn State (unanimous)


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (46 Comments)
TennisLuke on 11/26/2012 @ 1:19pm EDT Said:

Venrick Mark was hands down the most explosive, and arguably one of the most consistent backs in the big ten. How you could put a guy like Le’veon Bell, or Montee Ball ahead of him leaves me scratching my head. Mark is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball, and hard a career year, whereas Bell and Ball struggled through periods of the season, and played on very average, somewhat disappointing teams in MSU and Wisconsin, respectively. NU on the other hand is likely on its way to a New Year’s Day bowl with one of its better years in recent memory. Sorry boys you got that one wrong, GO CATS!

smokybandit on 11/26/2012 @ 1:43pm EDT Said:

Nice video clip. See Michael Mauti get absolutely mugged, which, of course, wasn’t called a penalty.

Goose on 11/26/2012 @ 1:43pm EDT Said:

TennisLuke, you should join

seth on 11/26/2012 @ 2:00pm EDT Said:

Kawaan Short? okay take out team defense results on one guy….

Brian on 11/26/2012 @ 2:01pm EDT Said:

Hmm…Taylor Martinez QB rating = 148.3 while Braxton Miller’s is nearly 8 points lower at 140.5. Not to mention, those 8 points were leading a team not on probation.

Brian on 11/26/2012 @ 2:06pm EDT Said:

1. Taylor Martinez, NEB 148.3
2. Robert Marve, PUR 141.4
3. Braxton Miller, OSU 140.5

Ken on 11/26/2012 @ 2:11pm EDT Said:

Carlos Hyde should have beat out L.Bell.

bob jones on 11/26/2012 @ 2:21pm EDT Said:

Someone deserving always gets left off, but Bo Pelini himself said on more than one occasion this year that Ciante Evans was our best defensive player and defensive MVP and this is on a team that leads the entire country in pass defense, so Ciante is someone who should not be left off any all-conference squads, also Bret Maher at either punter or kicker probably desrves a spot, he started a bit slowly this year but was exceptional in conference play, missing only one field goal and had several punts every game that pinned the opponent deep, flipping the field position, he was very key in many of the Huskers comebacks and deserves a spot also. Also Tom, very tough to leave Eric Martin off your team, he came up big game after game and was the conference’s best pass rusher. Looking forward to tonight’s show, BTN and all of you folks do an outstanding job.

TomHarvey on 11/26/2012 @ 2:22pm EDT Said:

Urban Meyer took basically the same team that went 6-7 (3-5 in Conference play), worst record since 1999 and swept the Big 10 in his first year. If that’s not worth Coach of the Year in our conference than Brady Hoke is an offensive genius.

sbuel2 on 11/26/2012 @ 2:30pm EDT Said:

How Ironic that you picked Ryan Shazier, Ohio State** as your player of the year, Recheck the Nebraska game footage, first his facemask against Kenny Bell after a long run, he flipped Bell head over heels, reminded me of how my dad used to kill chickens, and then in the third periolud after Rex Burkhead broke his second long run of the day, check what he did out of bounds–first rolled him over and then with one hand on his foot and the other on his calf twisted the injured knee–yes that is what re-injured Burkhead’s knee, he went to the training table in extreme pain. He did try to play in Northwestern game for three whole plays. He was injured in Ohio State game and took him out until the second half of the Iowa game Friday. Good plays Shazier. how many other plays in how many other games.

Nittany14 on 11/26/2012 @ 2:50pm EDT Said:

OSU went 6-7 last year because Luke Fickell was not ready for the coaching job he was given, and sucked it up – not because they were “bad”. They lost no significant talent, returned Miller, Hyde, Simon, and a host of others, and while losing Tress was tough, that was a year and a half previous to the start of this season. O’Brien came into quite possibly the most challenging coaching job in college football history, lost his top RB, WR and kicker, was hit with the most severe penalties in history before the season, and then turned in an 8-4 season that easily could have been 10-2 without five missed field goals against VA and a 4th quarter fluke td against Ohio. He took the worst qb in the league last year, a walk-on, and turned him into the best passer in the B10, turned a 3rd string FB into a 1,000 yard rusher, and made Allen Robinson one of the best wide receivers in the B10, nation, and in PSU history.

But yeah, you’re right, Urban deserves it more… typical Buckeye blinders.

Bobbie on 11/26/2012 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

Be curious to know what you base your offensive and defensive player or the year on?

Tim Planck on 11/26/2012 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

Not a Penn State fan but how is Matt McGloin not your QB of the year? I know Miller is the “bigger name”. But seriously… McGloin led the conference in most completions with 122 more then Braxton. Completed over 60% of his passes. Had over 500 more yards passing then Coffman who was 2nd in yards. Finished 3rd in yards per attempt. And led the league in passing touchdowns with 24. Then to finish it off he only had 5 INT’s. I’m not really sure what else you want from your QB but he was by far the best QB in the league this year. Not even close.

    Brent Yarina, on 11/26/2012 @ 3:26pm EDT Said:

    Matt McGloin had an unbelievable year, no doubt about it. His yards and touchdowns are comparable to Miller’s, however Miller’s big-play ability sticks out to me. Not only that, he only threw six interceptions, albeit on far fewer attempts than McGloin. Basically, I just prefer Miller. I’d have no argument with someone putting McGloin, or Martinez, on the first team.

K. John on 11/26/2012 @ 3:00pm EDT Said:

Here is the real all conference team by an actual expert, and one that reflects reality, not fantasy.

QB – Braxton Miller
RB – Montee Ball – Wisconsin
RB – Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State
WR – Allen Robinson – Penn State
WR – Kenny Bell – Nebraska
TE – Kyle Carter – Penn State
OT – Taylor Lewan – Michigan
OT – Rick Wagner – Wisconsin
OG – Spencer Long – Nebraska
OG – John Urshell – Penn State
OC – Matt Stankiewitch – Penn State

DE – Deion Barnes – Penn State
DE – John Simon – Ohio State
DT – Jordan Hill – Penn State
DT – Kawann Short – Purdue
LB – Mike Mauti – Penn State
LB – Gerald Hodges _ Penn State
LB – Glenn Carson – Penn State
S – Adrian Amos – Penn State
S – Micah Hyde – Iowa
DB – Johnny Adams – Michigan State
DB – Stephon Morris – Penn State

K – Jeff Butzien – Northwestern
P – Drew Meyer – Wisconsin
Athlete – Kain Colter – Northwestern

Craig on 11/26/2012 @ 3:02pm EDT Said:

AD of the Year: Morgan Burke: For firing Danny Hope.

Brent Yarina, on 11/26/2012 @ 3:27pm EDT Said:

In the original version of this post, P Mike Sadler’s school was wrong. The error has been corrected. Thanks.

Keegan Forbes on 11/26/2012 @ 4:14pm EDT Said:

Adam Replogle HELLOOOOOO? And Brent not putting Mauti at LB that is a no brainer pal!

ukeone on 11/26/2012 @ 4:28pm EDT Said:

I shook my head week after week, reading the garbage put-out from these two writers (and by the way, they are only ‘writers’…not experts!). I am ‘not at all surprised’ at their overall choices!

Jessica Spriggs on 11/26/2012 @ 4:34pm EDT Said:

How about Jason Spriggs as Freshman of the year as a left tackle from Indiana

Peter on 11/26/2012 @ 4:44pm EDT Said:

“Typical Buckeye blinders”? No OSU head coach has won Big Ten COY since 1979. That’s ludicrous. Enough with the conference being PC and spreading the awards around to make everyone fell better about themselves. Meyer beat O’Brien head-to-head on the road and won the division they share, but of course Penn State fans think O’Brien deserves COY. Typical Penn State blinders.

TomHarvey on 11/26/2012 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

I don’t recall OSU and Braxton Miller losing to Ohio U and Virginia, a couple of real power houses..

Big 10 from Iowa City on 11/26/2012 @ 5:30pm EDT Said:

K John really dumb…..sorry PSU people like this represent you.

J.C. on 11/26/2012 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer

But since Jim Tressel never won COY in a decade Ohio State dominated, it’s not surprising that Urban Meyer wouldn’t win the award.

Big Ten schools rarely go undefeated.

Brad on 11/26/2012 @ 5:33pm EDT Said:

Hey Buckeye fans…on Bill O’Brien for COY… Deal with it! Well earned O’Brien!

K. John on 11/26/2012 @ 5:44pm EDT Said:

I would tag Urban Cryar as coach of the year in the Big Ten and nationally. If Penn State would have been able to beat Ohio and Virginia, it would O’Brien without a doubt as Penn State would rightfully be undefeated.

Alec on 11/26/2012 @ 5:47pm EDT Said:

Not surprised neither picked Urban for coach of the year. Not even Tressel ever won Big Ten coach of the year, even when OSU went 14-0 and won the national championship in 2002 when in 2001 OSU went 7-5. Now that the expetations have been set, Urban will never win B1G coach of the year in any future season. Same thing happened with Tressel.

Case on 11/26/2012 @ 5:55pm EDT Said:

Only in the Big Ten would 8-4 (6-2) be better than 12-0 (8-0) and a win in the head-to-head game between the two schools. And turning a team that was 9-4 in 2011 to 8-4 in 2012 is better than 6-7 going to 12-0.

Oh well, at least Ohio State doesn’t have to settle lawsuits in the future. So Bill O’ can have the award. Enjoy writing those settlements.

Eric on 11/26/2012 @ 6:03pm EDT Said:

Typical Big Ten on Coach of the year. Jim Tressel is here ten years and never wins the award but Kurt Ferentz wins it 3 times. Now Meyer goes undefeated and beats PSU at their place easily and you say O’Brien should get it.

Joe W on 11/26/2012 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Given past years voting…I expect Ferentz to win again…if he doesn’t pick up his fourth award, than Hope will likely win.

Alec on 11/26/2012 @ 6:27pm EDT Said:

@K. John. – You keep cracking me up. Still blaming the refs for how bad PSU played in the 2nd half against OSU and Neb. The refs alone would not make a good team blow a 20-6 halftime lead that you had over Neb. If PSU couldn’t beat Ohio, what made you think they could be Ohio State? For PSU the difference between a 8-4 season and a 4-8 season was Matt McGloin developing as a passer. Next year PSU will be without all the great senior talent they have this year. Next year PSU will be either 4-8 or 5-7. Have fun next year when you can no longer wear your blue and white tented goggles.

Kevin on 11/26/2012 @ 7:28pm EDT Said:

sbuel2 on 11/26/2012 @ 2:30pm EST You are WRONG. Kenny Bell facemasked Yes FACEMASKED two players and almost flipped both.

wynnosu on 11/26/2012 @ 8:03pm EDT Said:

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at Meyer not being named coach of the year. Tressel absolutely dominated the Big Ten while he was here with more conference titles than any other coach AND a national championship but was NEVER named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Jealousy is the norm in today’s world. We will just have to accept a perfect season, including a blowout win on the road over the team that the Coach of the Year represents.

Nancy on 11/26/2012 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

Unbelievable that Urban Meyer was not named Coach of the Year. Blowout over the coach of the years team; 12-0 record; makes this whole network look terrible!

Jenkins OSU on 11/26/2012 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

I love all the ohio state haters your great… 12-0 is all that really needs to be said, COY is a joke but if you have a problem with Braxton and Simon winning players of the year then you don’t know football. Please watch other teams then just your own. Every team that played the buckeyes failed to make there case for any award… 12-0

gmrchicago on 11/26/2012 @ 8:28pm EDT Said:

12 points is hardly a “blowout.”

Jeff on 11/26/2012 @ 10:19pm EDT Said:

Go Bucks! 12 – 0!

bucki88 on 11/26/2012 @ 10:36pm EDT Said:

Not to put words into Urban’s mouth, but given the choice between 12-0 and some arbitrary COY award, I know which one I am choosing.

Matt1439 on 11/26/2012 @ 11:03pm EDT Said:

K John is obviously a Penn State fan, c’mon next time at least try and make it less obvious. HELLO BRADLEY ROBY ARE YOU NUTS LEAVING HIM OUT.

Ray Adkins on 11/27/2012 @ 12:18am EDT Said:

Stephon Morris penn state cornerback of the year boi!

Jim Hay on 11/27/2012 @ 2:29am EDT Said:

Ryan Shazier is the best linebacker in this league. His stats and his clutch plays prove it. 115 tackles, 70 solo tackles, five sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 12 passes broken up and three forced fumbles including the one against Ball at the goal line. His pick 6 against McGloin drove sealed the win, Apparently, no one cares to research candidates before voting in this part of the country.

Jim Hay on 11/27/2012 @ 2:42am EDT Said:

K. John, Who’s the expert that justify starting 12 players from the league’s 4th best team?
Ohio State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan must be over achievers, or is Bill O’Bien that bad?

Joseph Inman on 11/27/2012 @ 12:34pm EDT Said:

Evans (CB Nebraska), Will Comptin (MLB Nebraska), thats the only changes that I would make. The Nebraska secondary averages holding QB’s to a 43% completion rating. That is outstanding. So I believe Evans deserves some credit. By the way Brent Yarina, did you notice that you gave 11 players All BTN reconition from Penn State? Including a DE, a S, and all 3 LB’s. Shall I remind you that Nebraska beat Penn State through the PASSING GAME! Staffard should be at S, Will Comptin should be at MLB, Evans should be at DB, and Eric Marten deserves to be at DE.

Jessica Spriggs on 11/27/2012 @ 2:51pm EDT Said:

I love how Ohio state fans thinly that their record means something because it doesn’t since they can’t be in a bowl game this year.

Connor Bila on 11/28/2012 @ 2:47am EDT Said:

Urban Meyer did a great job with Ohio State, no one is arguing that. But Bill O’Brein no doubt deserves that award. Dealing with everything that Penn State had to endure in recent months, especially losing great players, and still managing to have and 8-4 record is very impressive in my book

GaryK on 11/28/2012 @ 9:01am EDT Said:

Meyer Motivates a staff and team with no chance of the post season and that went .500 last season and goes undefeated in conference and non conference. Turns FB Zachary Boren into a starting linebacker midway through the season. Loses his captain running back for the season and still beats Wisconsin and Penn State on the road and slaps Nebraska with 50+ points. Shuts out the team up North in the 2nd half without DEfensive Player of the year John Simon but doesn’t get coach of the year? Buckeyes head of the class again With decent players, wait until real football talent returns to Buckeye Nation, then it’s the same treatment Tressel got, it can’t be the coaching and mentoring it’s great players. Big ten and the nation better brace for the Urban sprawl.