Big Ten writers' 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team

Big Ten writers' 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team

With Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, BTN.com asked one writer from every school to help compose our 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team. Each writer picked a first-team offense and defense, plus superlative winners, and the players who amassed the most overall votes, by position, made the team.

See the team and how each writer voted in this post.

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2014 BIG TEN WRITERS’ PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Editor’s note: First-team honorees are listed in bold, with their total votes, and unanimous selections are in italics. See how every writer voted at the bottom of the post.

QUARTERBACK
Braxton Miller, Ohio State (13 votes)
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (1)

RUNNING BACK
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (13)
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (12)
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State (2)
Tevin Coleman, Indiana; Venric Mark, Northwestern (1)

WIDE RECEIVER
Stefon Diggs, Maryland (12)
Devin Funchess, Michigan (7)
Kenny Bell, Nebraska; Shane Wynn, Indiana (4)
Tony Lippett, Michigan State (1)

TIGHT END
Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State (7)
Tyler Kroft, Rutgers (3)
Jesse James, Penn State; Maxx Williams, Minnesota (2)

CENTER
Jack Allen, Michigan State (10)
Dan Voltz, Wisconsin (2)
Austin Blythe, Iowa; Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern (1)

GUARD
Zac Epping, Minnesota (7)
Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin (6)
Jake Cotton, Nebraska; Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers (5)
Pat Elfein, Ohio State (3)
Jordan Walsh, Iowa; Josh Campion, Minnesota (1)

TACKLE
Brandon Scherff, Iowa (14)
Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin (9)
Donovan Smith, Penn State; Jason Spriggs, Indiana (2)
Keith Lumpkin, Rutgers (1)

KICKER
Michael Geiger, Michigan State (11)
Brad Craddock, Maryland (2)
Sam Ficken, Penn State (1)

***

DEFENSIVE LINE
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (14)
Randy Gregory, Nebraska (14)
Michael Bennett, Ohio State (10)
Joey Bosa, Ohio State (9)
Carl Davis, Iowa (6)
Andre Monroe, Maryland; Ryan Russell, Purdue (1)

LINEBACKER
Jake Ryan, Michigan (13)
Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern (10)
Taiwan Jones, Michigan State (9)
Mike Hull, Penn State (6)
Steve Longa, Rutgers (2)
Mason Monheim, Illinois; Desmond Morgan, Michigan; David Santos, Nebraska; Curtis Grant, Ohio State (1)

DEFENSIVE BACK
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State (14)
Blake Countess, Michigan (9)
Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern (8)
Trae Waynes, Michigan State (7)
Jordan Lucas, Penn State (5)
Doran Grant, Ohio State (3)
Desmond King, Iowa; Corey Cooper, Nebraska; Adrian Amos, Penn State (2)
Earnest Thomas, Illinois; John Lowdermilk, Iowa; William Likely, Maryland; Eric Murray, Minnesota (1)

PUNTER
Mike Sadler, Michigan State (9)
Cameron Johnston, Ohio State (4)
Peter Mortell, Minnesota (1)

***

SUPERLATIVES

COACH OF THE YEAR
Urban Meyer, Ohio State (6)
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Gary Andersen, Wisconsin (3)
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (1)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Braxton Miller, Ohio State (11)
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (2)
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (1)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State (7)
Randy Gregory, Nebraska (5)
Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State; Joey Bosa, Ohio State (1)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (11)
Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State; Raekwon McMillian, Ohio State; Gelen Robinson, Purdue (1)

***

THE VOTERS

Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune), Illinois
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
TE: Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Desmond Morgan, Michigan
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Corey Cooper, Nebraska
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
P: Mike Sadler, MSU

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year:  Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Adam Johnson (@crimsonquary), Indiana
QB: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
G: Jake Cotton, Nebraska
T: Jason Spriggs, Indiana
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Ryan Russell, Purdue
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: David Santos, Nebraska
DB: Desmond King, Iowa
DB: Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DB: Kurt Drummond, Michigan State
DB: John Lowdermilk, Iowa
P: Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Coach of the Year: Gary Andersen, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State

***

Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse), Iowa
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
TE: Jesse James, Penn State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB: William Likely, Maryland
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Freshman of the Year: Gelen Robinson, Purdue

***

Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports), Maryland
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
G: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
G: Jordan Walsh, Iowa
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Donovan Smith, Penn State
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Andre Monroe, Maryland
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Curtis Grant, Ohio State
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Doran Grant, Ohio State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner), Michigan
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
TE: Jeff Heurman, Ohio State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
G: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T:  Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Sam Ficken, Penn State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Steve Longa, Rutgers
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Gary Andersen, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout), Michigan State
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana
TE: Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
G: Jake Cotton, Nebraska
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Steve Longa, Rutgers
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB: Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Marcus Fuller (@GophersNow), Minnesota
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
G: Jake Cotton, Nebraska
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Jason Spriggs, Indiana
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Kurits Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB: Eric Murray, Minnesota
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC), Nebraska
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE: Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Brad Craddock, Maryland

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Corey Cooper, Nebraska
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Frosh of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein), Northwestern
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE: Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
C: Dan Voltz, Wisconsin
G: Josh Campion, Minnesota
G: Jake Cotton, Nebraska
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Desmond King, Iowa
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises), Ohio State
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Shane Wynn, Indiana
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
T: Brandon Sherff, Iowa
T: Keith Lumpkin, Rutgers
K:  Brad Craddock, Maryland

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
DB: Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB: Doran Grant, Ohio State
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Adrian Amos, Penn State
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State

***

Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88), Penn State
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska
WR: Tony Lippett, Michigan State
TE: Jesse James, Penn State
C: Austin Blythe, Iowa
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
G: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Donovan Smith, Penn State
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
LB: Mason Monheim, Illinois
DB: Earnest Thomas, Illinois
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Adrian Amos, Penn State
DB: Jordan Lucas, Penn State
P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Mike Carmin (@carminjc), Purdue
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
T :Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Joey Basa, Ohio State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
LB: Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB: Chi Chi Arguizo, Northwestern
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Offensive Player of the Year: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

***

Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy), Rutgers
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
TE: Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers
G: Zac Epping, Minnesota
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Carl Davis, Iowa
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
P: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

Coach of the Year: Gary Andersen, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

Mike Fiammetta (@mikefiammetta), Wisconsin
QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C: Jack Allen, Michigan State
G: Jake Cotton, Nebraska
G: Pat Elflein, Ohio State
T: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
T: Brandon Scherff, Iowa
K: Michael Geiger, Michigan State

DL: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL: Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DL: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB: Mike Hull, Penn State
LB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern
DB: Blake Countess, Michigan
DB: Doran Grant, Ohio State
DB: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
P:  Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Offensive Player of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Defensive Player of the Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

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