's All-Leaders Defensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next:’s All-Leaders Defensive Team.

As a refresher, the Leaders featured Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post.

[ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Legends Offense | All-Legends Defense ]’s All-Leaders Defensive Team

DL: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois (2011). 57 tackles, 22.5 TFL, 16 sacks, 9 FF
DL: John Simon, Ohio State (2011-12). 97 tackles, 30.5 TFL, 16 sacks, 7 PD
DL: Devon Still, Penn State (2011). 55 tackles, 17 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 4 PD
DL: Kawann Short, Purdue (2011-12). 97 tackles, 32.5 TFL, 13.5 sacks, 6 PD
LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (2011-13). 317 tackles, 45.5 TFL, 15 sacks, 16 PD, 9 FF
LB: Gerald Hodges, Penn State (2011-12). 215 tackles, 18.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 3 INT, 14 PD, 3 FF
LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin (2011-13). 355 tackles, 37.5 TFL, 11 sacks, 2 INT, 15 PD, 9 FF
DB: Terry Hawthorne, Illinois (2011-12). 104 tackles, 9 TFL, 1 sack, 4 INT, 18 PD
DB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State (2011-13). 179 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sacks, 8 INT, 41 PD
DB: Ricardo Allen, Purdue (2011-13). 177 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks, 10 INT, 15 PD
DB: Josh Johnson, Purdue (2011-12). 129 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 4 INT, 29 PD, 4 FF
P: Cody Webster, Purdue (2011-13). 185 punts, 7,939 yards, 42.9 AVG

* Stats only account for Legends and Leaders seasons, 2011-13.

Who did we miss? Feel free to cast your submission in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

Find out more about: ,

Show Comments (12 Comments)
12 Post Your Comment
Thomas Michael Troyer on 6/23/2014 @ 1:57pm EDT Said:

Jake Ryan!

Trevor on 6/23/2014 @ 3:24pm EDT Said:

Ryan Kerriga!!!

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 6/23/2014 @ 3:56pm EDT Said:

    Kerrigan, along with J.J. Watt, finished his college career in 2010, one year too early to qualify.

Doug on 6/23/2014 @ 4:23pm EDT Said:

hey thomas, this is the leaders division, you can tell you’re a michigan fan lol

Kyle on 6/24/2014 @ 12:34pm EDT Said:

Are you serious? How is Mauti not on this list?

big ten fan on 6/24/2014 @ 1:32pm EDT Said:

Mike Mauro is the best defender the Big Ten has produced since Paul Poslusny. He was considerably better than Shazier and Borland.

Mark on 6/24/2014 @ 1:40pm EDT Said:

How does Purdue land 4 players? Have you seen their record? I can see the punter, he got a lot of practice

Tom Connors on 6/24/2014 @ 5:19pm EDT Said:

LaVonte David was a better linebacker than any of these selected. He continues to thrive in the NFL and is considered one of the best in the pro game.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 6/24/2014 @ 6:33pm EDT Said:

    LaVonte played in the Legends Division, and this is the Leaders defense. Look for the Legends defense tomorrow.

Alex on 6/24/2014 @ 6:20pm EDT Said:

lavonte david.

Seth Goodyear on 6/24/2014 @ 10:56pm EDT Said:

Mike Mauti hands down should be on this list. Mauti was named first team All-Big Ten, first team All-American, and won the Butkus-Fitzgerald Award for best Big Ten linebacker in 2012. Not only was on field play dominating, his emotional leadership helping Penn State overcome the sanctions at Penn State.

Jeff on 6/25/2014 @ 12:18pm EDT Said:

In Purdue’s defense, one of them 4 is a punter. And Webster had lost of practice the last couple of years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Have a question for BTN Customer Service? Please e-mail us here