The Official Roar Lions Roar Preseason All-Big Ten Team

By Nick Polak on August 15, 2017 at 11:00 am
Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A Big Ten logo on the field before the Big Ten Conference football championship game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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With opening day for the 2017 college football season less than a month away, it's time to unveil the official Roar Lions Roar picks for our preseason All-Big Ten team. Teams were chosen through votes from ten different members of the staff. Offensive linemen were excluded for our purposes.

RLR Preseason All-Big Ten First Team
POSITION PLAYER SCHOOL NOTES
QB Trace McSorley Penn State   The junior is primed for an even bigger breakout in year two under Joe Moorhead.
RB Saquon Barkley Penn State   The best running back in the nation has gotten bigger, faster, and stronger this offseason. That's bad news for everyone else.
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan   The freshman could quickly rise to the top of a talented, but inexperienced group in the conference.
WR Nick Westbrook Indiana   We're trusting Westbrook to stay explosive without Kevin Wilson leading the offense. His ability to score from anywhere will be big for IU in 2017.
TE Mike Gesicki Penn State   The Gesicki vs. Fumagalli debate will rage all year. We'll take the field-stretching, matchup nightmare.
     
DL Sam Hubbard Ohio State   The Ohio State defensive line is incredibly unfair, and Hubbard may be the best of the bunch.
DL Rashan Gary Michigan   Gary's first full season as a starter should yield terrifying results for opponents.
DL Tyquan Lewis Ohio State   The sack artist will wreck havoc in opposing backfields before heading off to the NFL.
DL Maurice Hurst Michigan   He's been steadily improving every year, and his senior season looks like it will be his best yet.
LB Tegray Scales Indiana   Probably the best defensive player in the conference. A true game-wrecker.
LB Josey Jewell Iowa The best pure tackler in the conference. A huge reason Iowa's defense will be very good again in 2017.
LB Jason Cabinda Penn State   Had he played all of 2017, we wouldn't be the only ones putting him here.
CB Rashard Fant Indiana   A true stud in 2016, Fant should be even better on an improving, dare we say, chaotic Hoosier defense.
CB Denzel Ward Ohio State   Death, taxes, the Buckeye secondary reloading. Ward will break out in 2017 because that's what OSU does.
S Marcus Allen Penn State   The heat-seeking missile came back for his final year at Penn State to bolster his NFL resume.
S Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern   The best defensive back in the Big Ten you've probably ignored until now. A complete player.
     
K Tyler Davis Penn State   Consistency, consistency, consistency. Until Davis misses a kick that isn't blocked, he stays here.
P Blake Gillikin Penn State   The sophomore should take over as the best leg in the conference with Cameron Johnston's graduation.
RET Janarion Grant Rutgers   The most explosive return man in the nation. Grant is truly the best chance Rutgers has to score.
     
Head Coach Urban Meyer Ohio State   Urban Meyer had never been beaten the way he was by Clemson. That doesn't bode well for the Big Ten.
Coordinator Joe Moorhead Penn State   Expect to see the PSU offense reach new heights in what may be his final year in Happy Valley.

Totals: Penn State (8), Ohio State (4), Michigan (3), Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Northwestern (1), Rutgers (1)

 

RLR Preseason All-Big Ten Second Team
POSITION PLAYER SCHOOL NOTES
QB J.T. Barrett Ohio State   Under new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, Barrett will look to recapture his 2014 form.
RB Justin Jackson Northwestern   Jackson has quietly been one of college football's best and most consistent backs. Now it's time to go out with a bang.
WR DaeSean Hamilton Penn State   Hamilton has quieted down in the two years since his breakout freshman year. He'll look to reemerge as a senior in Chris Godwin's absence.
WR Jazz Peavy (tie) Wisconsin   The explosive playmaker provides the Badgers with an exciting weapon for quarterback Alex Hornibrook.
Malik Turner (tie) Illinois   Turner may be one of the most underrated offensive skill players in the entire conference. He just needs a quarterback.
TE Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin   Probably the best all-around tight end in the conference, Fumagalli is as safe as it gets at the position.
       
DL Chase Winovich Michigan   Winovich is just the newest cog in the dominant Michigan defensive line machine.
DL Nick Bosa Ohio State   7.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks as a true freshman. Yeah, he's going to be really good.
DL Jessie Aniebonam Maryland   After nearly racking up 10 sacks in 2016, the senior is sure to put on a show in his final collegiate season.
DL Steven Richardson Minnesota   You know the conference is loaded when Richardson and Aniebonam are stuck on the second team.
LB Jerome Baker Ohio State   The one-time Florida commit does everything a linebacker can do. Could end up as the best in the conference.
LB T.J. Edwards Wisconsin   Healthy once again, Edwards will make sure Bucky's defense doesn't skip a beat.
LB Mike McCray* Michigan   McCray's play will be key for Michigan with so many new faces in the starting lineup. He's a do-it-all dynamo who can change a game.
CB Grant Haley Penn State   The senior will look to go out on top by continuing to provide sound coverage and flexibility.
CB Chris Jones Nebraska   Jones has grabbed 5 interceptions in two seasons and will lead what should be a stout Husker secondary again in 2017.
S D'Cota Dixon Wisconsin   Dixon was one of the leaders for an excellent Badger secondary and seems to be ready to fill that role once more.
S Damon Webb Ohio State   Webb will be counted on more than ever to deliver for a reloaded Buckeye secondary. Don't worry, he will.
       
K Emmit Carpenter Minnesota   Only missed three kicks in 2016 (2 field goals, 1 PAT). Without an established quarterback, they'll need him again in 2017.
P Joe Schopper Purdue   Brohm's offense likely won't be ready to explode in year one, so Schopper's leg will once again be very important.
RET De'Mornay Pierson-El Nebraska   The oft-injured but crazy talented Pierson-El has one more chance to show the skills he showed as a freshman.
       
Head Coach James Franklin Penn State   Franklin's ascendance to the Big Ten title in 2016 validated his work in Happy Valley and will keep him there for a long time.
Coordinator Kevin Wilson Ohio State   After a down year for the offense in 2016, Wilson will be given the keys to reenergize a sleeping giant.

Totals: Ohio State (5), Wisconsin (5), Penn State (3), Maryland (2), Minnesota (2), Nebraska (2), Northwestern (1), Michigan (1), Purdue (1)

*Jack Cichy was voted to the team in this spot but will miss the 2017 season due to a torn ACL

Is there anyone we missed? Let us know below.

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