Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, December 14, 2016
Big Ten teams will play in 10 bowl games. And, if you scan the rosters for all 10 Big Ten foes, you can put together a pretty impressive All-Big Ten Bowl Opponent Team.
The offense features talent like Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns on 268 carries this season to rank sixth in the country in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. There also is Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, who finished second in Heisman voting and has completed 67 percent of his passes for 37 TDs with 15 interceptions. Western Michigan?s Corey Davis is one of the best wide receivers in the country who has set the FBS record for career receiving yards. He has caught 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. And the line features studs like Pitt guard Dorian Johnson and Washington State guard Cody O?Connell.
The defense is headlined by Florida State end DeMarcus Walker, who leads the nation in sacks. Tennessee end Derek Barnett has received All-American honors with 12 sacks and 18 TFLs. USC corner Adoree? Jackson was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Jim Thorpe Award winner. And Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky is the Ray Guy Award winner. There is no more dangerous return man in American than Pitt?s Quadree Henderson, who has four returns for TDs this season.
Add it all up, and Big Ten teams will face some formidable foes in the postseason. Check out this All-Big Ten Bowl Opponent Team. These are the names to know as you watch league teams in the postseason.
WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
WR Mike Williams, Clemson
TE Jordan Leggett, Clemson
L Dorian Johnson, Pitt
L Cody O?Connell, Washington State
L Brian O?Neill, Pitt
L Martez Ivey, Florida
L Garrett Bolles, Utah
QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
RB Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
L Derek Burnett, Tennessee
L DeMarcus Walker, Florida State
L Hunter Dimick,Utah
L Harold Landry, Boston College
LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
LB Ben Boulware, Clemson
LB Christian Wilkins, Clemson
DB Adoree? Jackson, USC
DB Jalen Tabor, Florida
DB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State
DB Condrea Tankersley, Clemson
K Eddy Pineiro, Florida
P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
KR/PR Quadree Henderson, Pitt
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