's All-Legends 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 prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next:’s All-Legends Defensive Team.

As a refresher, the Legends featured Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.

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

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

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (2012-13). 43 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 2 FF, 4 FR
DL: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (2011). 30 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 PD, 1 FR
DL: Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota (2011-13). 86 tackles, 24 TFL, 10 sacks, 1 INT, 10 PD, 2 FF
DL: Tyler Scott, Northwestern (2011-13). 120 tackles, 25.5 TFL, 16 sacks, 3 INT, 11 PD, 5 FF
LB: James Morris, Iowa (2011-13). 330 tackles, 30.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 8 PD, 6 INT
LB: Max Bullough, Michigan State (2011-13). 276 tackles, 29 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 8 PD, 2 INT
LB: Lavonte David, Nebraska (2011). 133 tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR
DB: Micah Hyde, Iowa (2011-12). 150 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3 INT, 25 PD, 3 FF
DB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (2011-13). 156 tackles, 8 TFL, 20 PD, 10 INT
DB: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (2011). 31 tackles, 6 PD (10 games)
DB: Daimion Stafford, Nebraska (2011-12). 176 tackles, 7 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 17 PD, 4 INT, 3 FF, 2 FR
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State (2011-13). 216 punts, 42.4 AVG, 41 50+, 89 inside opp 20

* 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.

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Dan on 6/25/2014 @ 1:56pm EDT Said:

Randy Gregory??????????

MSU#1-Rose Bowl Win, B1G Champs! 13-1! 42 wins in 4 years! on 6/25/2014 @ 2:08pm EDT Said:

Perfect list! ;)
It’ll be MSU vs Nebraska in the 2014 B1G championship game and then MSU will go onto the first college football 4-team playoff to represent the B1G proudly! Go Green!

Mary Brennan on 6/25/2014 @ 2:26pm EDT Said:

Where is Randy Gregory??

Brent Coleman on 6/25/2014 @ 3:25pm EDT Said:

Mary Brennan on 6/25/2014 @ 2:26pm EDT Said:
Where is Randy Gregory??

I asked myself the same question when Brett Van Sloten and Brandon Scherff were destroying him last year on November 29th…

bigtengrad on 6/25/2014 @ 3:50pm EDT Said:

5 tackles with a sack. TOTAL destruction by some guy I’ve never heard of and Scherff. Iowa fanboys like Brent Coleman and Tom Dienhart are the greatest.

Jeff Garton on 6/25/2014 @ 4:20pm EDT Said:

Measurables: 5’11”, 248 lbs

40-YD Dash: 4.83


2013: 12GP/12GS, 112 Tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4 QBS, 2 FF, 2 FR, 2 Pass Defenses

2012: 12GP/12GS, 104 Tackles, 10 TFL, 4.5 QBS, 3 FF, 3 FR, 6 Pass Defenses

2011: 14GP/14GS, 143 Tackles, 19 TFL, 2.5 QBS, 5 FF, 2 INT, 7 Pass Defenses

Totals: 55GP/48GS 420 Tackles, 50 TFL, 15 FF, 8 FR, 17 QBS, 3 INT, 18 Pass Defenses


2013: First-team All-American (FWAA), Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, consensus first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media), Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist

2012: First team All-Big Ten (coaches), honorable mention All-Big Ten (media)

2011: Named third-team All-American by Yahoo! Sports … consensus first-team All-Big Ten

Career Record: Big Ten’s all time leader in forced fumbles, 2nd all time in the FBS.

Jeff Garton on 6/25/2014 @ 4:21pm EDT Said:

Chris Borland

Scott on 6/25/2014 @ 4:59pm EDT Said:

Five of the best twelve defensive players of the last three years are Spartans? Sounds about right, although Drummond’s absence at safety is hard to understand.

ilah17 on 6/25/2014 @ 5:05pm EDT Said:

Jake Ryan??

Randy Kuhns on 6/25/2014 @ 5:53pm EDT Said:

Gregory might be a pretty good player, but some of his plays are almost as dirty as what was seen from Big Suh

motownwalt on 6/25/2014 @ 10:01pm EDT Said:

5 of 12 are Spartans – seems about right, since MSU won the Legends Division in two of its three years of existence. However, I would have added Spartan Kurtis Drummond as safety.

Ben Jones on 6/26/2014 @ 12:20am EDT Said:

Brent Coleman is just happy that Iowa didn’t lose to Nebraska by 30 for the first time 35 years…..If that Iowa team makes you happy as a fan, awesome. One man’s trash is always another man’s treasure.

great2bahawkeye on 6/26/2014 @ 10:14am EDT Said:

Hey Ben Jones, check your facts. In the B1G era, Iowa has outscored Nebraska (52-50), with 2 of the 3 games having been played in Lincoln. Nebraska has won by 13 in Lincoln, and 7 in Iowa City. Iowa won by 21 last year in Lincoln. Welcome to the 2000s, Husker fan!

bigtengrad on 6/26/2014 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

Is that all you have? You’ve won 1 of 3 but have scored 52 points? What’s your point? Were 2000, 2006,2007, and 2012 in the 2000’s? I’ll just leave out the 7 win seasons, because I know those get you excited.

great2bahawkeye on 6/27/2014 @ 10:46am EDT Said:

Just pointing out that Ben Jones is a bit off base with his comment that “Brent Coleman is just happy that Iowa didn’t lose to Nebraska by 30 for the first time 35 years….” Seems Ben lacks a basic grasp on recent history! I’d suggest checking facts before talking trash.

JP on 6/27/2014 @ 2:36pm EDT Said:

I love Iowa Fan talking crap about beating a Nebraska team playing a walk-on 3rd String QB a 2nd string back up offensive line and a one legged Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah. Iowa deserved to win the game, but considering all of Nebraska’s injuries it’s not like it was some grand accomplishment.

great2bahawkeye on 6/27/2014 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

I don’t see how pointing out erroneous factual allegations is “talking crap,” but I’ll grant you that beating Nebraska is no longer a “grand accomplishment” (unless you’re Northwestern, Minnesota or Iowa State).

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