Dienhart: Check out my All-Big Ten Midseason Team

Seven weeks down, seven weeks to go. At the midway point of the 2013 Big Ten football season, it’s time to release my All-Big Ten Midseason Team. I also did a midseason report. See who made my midseason team in this post.


WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

TE Devin Funchess, Michigan

C Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern

G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin

G Spencer Long, Nebraska

T Taylor Lewan, Michigan

T Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin


E Tyler Scott, Northwestern

E Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

T Michael Bennett, Ohio State

LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

LB Denicos Allen, Michigan State

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois

CB Blake Countess, Michigan

CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

S Malcolm Willis, Penn State

S Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern


K: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

P: Cody Webster, Purdue

KR: Marcus Jones, Minnesota

PR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE: C/G Jack Allen, Michigan State; TE Ted Bolser, Indiana; WR Corey Brown, Ohio State; RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana; QB Kain Colter, Northwestern; RB Josh Ferguson, Illinois; TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa; WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan; QB Kenny Guiton, Ohio State; RB Jordan Hall, Ohio State; WR Tony Jones, Northwestern; WR Cody Latimer, Indiana; T Michael Schofield, Michigan; QB Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois; T Brandon Scherff, Iowa; T Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska; T Donovan Smith, Penn State; QB Nate Sudfeld, Indiana; G Blake Treadwell, Michigan State; G John Urschel, Penn State; RB Mark Weisman, Iowa; RB James White, Wisconsin; TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE: E Dominic Alvis, Iowa; LB Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern; Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska; LB Max Bullough, Michigan State; LB Glenn Carson, Penn State; E Theiren Cockran, Minnesota; S Kurtis Drummond; CB Ciante Evans, Nebraska; E Randy Gregory, Nebraska; T Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota; LB Anthony Hitchens, Iowa; T DaQuan Jones, Penn State; CB B.J. Lowery, Iowa; CB Jordan Lucas, Penn State; LB Desmond Morgan, Michigan; LB James Morris, Iowa; LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota.

HONORABLE MENTION SPECIALISTS: KR V’Angelo Bentley, Illinois; K Mitch Ewald, Indiana; K Sam Ficken, Penn State; P Mike Sadler, Michigan State

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bob jones on 10/14/2013 @ 2:10pm EDT Said:

Can’t see leaving Stanley Jean Baptiste off, he’s leading the country in interceptions and has led a very good Husker secondary and was the first BIG player to get suspended for what was a great football play and a horrendous call. Randy Gregory has likewise been outstanding with a QB sack for a safety, an INT for a TD amongst a stellar first half season of play for a first year Husker.

delmar1950 on 10/14/2013 @ 2:22pm EDT Said:

How can you leave Kenny Guition even though he is a back up off the frist team we he was National player of the week as well as BIG ten player of the week two weeks in a role. And what about Philly Brown and Devin Smith alone with the punter who has the most punt in side of the twenty yard line in the BIG ten.

Lamar Ross on 10/14/2013 @ 3:06pm EDT Said:

The Buckeyes have only 3 players ?????????????

Bill Ridenour on 10/14/2013 @ 3:53pm EDT Said:

I also count only 3 OSU players on the Honorable Mention list-all of them offensive players. This is offically beyond bizzare. It certainly makies me wonder how OSU could have wonm all of those games including consecutivre wins against nationally ranked NW and Wisconsin.

Ben on 10/14/2013 @ 3:54pm EDT Said:

Where is Mike Sadler at punter…?

Mary on 10/14/2013 @ 5:02pm EDT Said:

Mike Sadler Big Ten Special Teams player of the week and College Football Performance Awards National Punter of the Week only gets and honorable mention?

bigtengrad on 10/14/2013 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Hackenberg? Are you joking? Number 6 QB rating in the conference and got destroyed by Indiana and lost at home to the mighty golden knights of Central Florida. I’m not so sure you thought this list through, Tom.

Gavin Emrich on 10/14/2013 @ 7:21pm EDT Said:

Either you haven’t watched the games or you’re incompetent. Either way, take this list down immediately.

dude on 10/14/2013 @ 7:55pm EDT Said:

KENNY BELL? Not even on honorable mention

Al Kamradt on 10/14/2013 @ 7:58pm EDT Said:

Sudfeld has already beaten Hackenbeg. Its gotta be Sudfeld 1st team QB.

John on 10/14/2013 @ 8:50pm EDT Said:

Sadler is the best punter, and Bullough belongs on the first team. He is the QB of the best unit in the conference.

Kevin on 10/14/2013 @ 9:43pm EDT Said:

This is a laugh hahaha tim bennett has twice as many pass breakups then any of the B1G and isn’t at corner and HACKENBERG!!! ok lets get one thing right…. there is no doubt he is a good freshman qb, but by far is not the best qb. Semien and Sudfeld were just as impressive their freshman years!

Michael Kenny Jr. on 10/15/2013 @ 12:13am EDT Said:


USMCSpartan(Ret.) on 10/15/2013 @ 3:50pm EDT Said:

That’s S Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State. If you want to slight the Spartans as usual, be a little more circumspect than just leaving the name out all together.

Does the PU punter win the award on volume or is this like the baseball all star game where every team must have a rep?

Max Bullough is the best LB in the country, as others have said you need to check your biases.

The Doctor on 10/15/2013 @ 9:22pm EDT Said:

This whole thing is a total joke! Has the writer been watching any Big Ten teams, including the only one that’s a true national contender????

Oliver L. Sprague on 10/16/2013 @ 12:20pm EDT Said:

This guy wouldn’t be on my scout team obviously opinionated and lacks the skill of evaluating .

Ted on 10/16/2013 @ 2:23pm EDT Said:

This Senior Writer is having a SENIOR MOMENT! Hackenberg??? He looked bad in a lucky OT win over Michigan and, suddenly, he’s all-world! Our own Joel Stave’s better than Hackenberg, but I not even THAT much of a homer to give Joel the nod, either. At least, he’s right about the Badgers on the list; other teams’ players, I really don’t care. But, HACKENBERG???

Squeek Eron on 10/16/2013 @ 3:43pm EDT Said:

No mention of Joey Bosa anywhere. The guy gets accolades every week!

    delmar1950 on 10/16/2013 @ 7:40pm EDT Said:

    Yea I like to know why there was no mention of Bosa

Matt Barker on 10/16/2013 @ 7:53pm EDT Said:

Tom is a little off his rocker today. Hackenburg is ninth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency on a team that’s second-to-last in the conference in rushing offense. Sure, Hackenburg has thrown for the most yards, but he’s attempted 34 more passes than the next guy and his completion percentage is even below Devin Gardner’s at 58.4 percent.

    delmar1950 on 10/16/2013 @ 10:32pm EDT Said:

    You know this reminds me of the up roar that they made over Devin Gardner after Mich. beat Notre Dane and look what hes done since. So let the season play out and then we can visit this again.

Babs on 10/17/2013 @ 3:59am EDT Said:

It isn’t even April but this guy’s obviously pranking us! If he isn’t joking, then he either hasn’t seen ANY of the games, or, didn’t pass football 101

Mary Jocius on 10/18/2013 @ 7:06pm EDT Said:

Way to go, Tim! Guess you must let these moronic rants and whines roll of your back like Melvin Gordon shrugs off tackles. The silly Buckeye fans who criticize your choices really don’t get it. Yes, they beat WI and Northwestern BUT both games could have gone either way, with the Badgers nearly tying/beating ’em at the Horseshoe! THE Ohio State U is so full of itself and overrated that you will never satisfy their fans.

    Matt Barker on 10/19/2013 @ 12:31pm EDT Said:


    First of all, his name is Tom. Secondly, Badgers were down 31-14 at the end of the third quarter. Wisconsin wasn’t really in the game. Sure, UW got the ball with under 2 minutes left at their own 10, but didn’t advance very far. Third, midseason all-Big Ten teams are a joke, nobody has played anybody yet.

    delmar1950 on 10/19/2013 @ 1:32pm EDT Said:

    Hey Mary how many tackles did Melvin shrugs off against Ohio State as a matter of fact they put him on the bench, I guess they were to physical for him huh. And as for your Badgers nearly just doesn’t get it and isn’t that just nearly three straight times.GO BUCKS