Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, June 25, 2013

Athlon Sports released its annual preseason All-America team Tuesday, and the Big Ten fills 16 spots – four on each of the publication's four teams.

The conference even boasts a two-time honoree, as Northwestern's Venric Mark is listed as a first-team punt returner and a third-team running back. Impressive.

[ College football's 2013 All-America Team ]

Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State paces the conference with five selections, headlined by first-teamers Ryan Shazier (LB) and Bradley Roby (CB). Reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Braxton Miller is the second-team quarterback.

T: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
CB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
PR: Venric Mark, Northwestern

* The Big Ten's four first-teamers rank third among all conferences, behind Pac-12 (9) and SEC (8).

QB: Braxtin Miller, Ohio State
G: Spencer Long, Nebraska
AP: Kain Colter, Northwestern
K: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern
LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
LB: Max Bullough, Michigan State
P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
G: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
T: Jake Mewhort, Ohio State
S: Isaiah Lews, Michigan State

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