Big Ten stars fill Midseason All-America teams

We are officially halfway through the college football season, which is hard to believe. It has been a phenomenal Big Ten season thus far, featuring plenty of great games and individual performers. Several of those top individual performers were rewarded this week by being named to various 2013 Midseason All-America Teams.

ESPN, CBS and Sports Illustrated all released their Midseason All-America teams over the past two days, and plenty of B1G stars are included in the mix.

How do these lists compare with Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten Midseason Report?

Have a look here:

ESPN.com 2013 Midseason All-America Team (10/15/2013)

RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin

ESPN.com on Gordon: “If Gordon, a sophomore from Kenosha, Wis., didn’t share carries with James White (88 atttempts) and Corey Clement (48), he’d probably lead FBS players in rushing by a wide margin.”

CBSSports.com 2013 Midseason All-America Team (10/15/2013)

FIRST TEAM

RB- Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

PR- Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

SECOND TEAM

WR- Allen Robinson, Penn State

WR- Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

OT- Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin

OT- Taylor Lewan, Michigan

OG- Andrew Norwell, Ohio State

LB- Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

LB- Chris Borland, Wisconsin

CB- Blake Countess, Michigan

CB- Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

SI.com 2013 Midseason All-America Team (10/16/2013)

FIRST TEAM

RB- Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

LB- Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

SECOND TEAM

OL- Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

DE- Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

LB- Chris Borland, Wisconsin

S- Israheim Campbell, Northwestern

SI.com on Shazier: “Buckeyes’ captain has eight tackles for loss for a D that allows just 86.2 rushing yards per game.”

Other Big Ten names to consider: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (114 car., 816 yards, 6 TD ); Devin Funchess, TE, Michigan ( 19 rec, 408 yards, 4 TD); Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (21 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1 sack); Tyler Scott, DE, Northwestern (23 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 FF)

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Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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Jim Alferman on 10/17/2013 @ 5:31am EDT Said:

Rob Havenstein is a Badger, not a Buckeye.

    BTN.com staff on 10/17/2013 @ 10:29am EDT Said:

    Our mistake and we have corrected the story above. Apologies.

Chad on 10/18/2013 @ 12:51pm EDT Said:

I’m a Buckeye Die Hard but I have to say on the Defensive side of the ball I’d take Borland and Shazier over anyone else in the country! Now lets put the smack down on the SEC this year!