SI.com released its 2013 Preseason All-America Team on Thursday, and seven Big Ten players made the cut. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby led the way as first-teamers, while Nebraska guard Spencer Long, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien made the second team.
[ SI.com: 2013 Preseason All-America Team ]
No, there’s no Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. That’s not a huge shock, though, because there’s only two slots and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel returns. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater was the second-team quarterback.
That said, with offenses as prolific Nebraska, Ohio State and Northwestern, it is a bit surprising there isn’t one Big Ten skill position player listed.
Here’s what SI.com said about the first-team Big Ten players:
Lewan: “Hulking senior bypassed the NFL draft to return to Ann Arbor as the Big Ten’s best tackle.”
Shazier: “Big Ten’s second-leading tackler last fall will look to lead Ohio State to another unbeaten season.”
Roby: “Lockdown cornerback amassed 19 passes defended for the Buckeyes in 2012.”
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