- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Shazier did not win the Big Ten defensive player of the year or linebacker of the year honors but did lead the league in tackles and tackles for loss while tying for the lead in forced fumbles. Dennard won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back.
Lewan was a first-team All-American last year. Calhoun earned the honor in his first full year of starting. Borland was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year.
Several Big Ten players are featured on the AP's third team. They are:
Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort
Penn State G John Urschel
Wisconsin G Ryan Groy
Northwestern K Jeff Budzien
Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman
Michigan State LB Max Bullough
Michigan State LB Denicos Allen