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ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Freshman team

12/13/2011

Earlier today, we revealed a handful of our top freshmen from 2011. Now it's time to unveil the entire Big Ten All-Freshman team from the season.

Some positions were easier to find players than others, but this crew should be worth watching in years to come. Both true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were considered for the team.

Without further ado ...

OFFENSE

QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State

RB: Donovonn Young, Illinois

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR: Kenny Bell, Nebraska

WR: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa

TE: Jon Davis, Illinois

OL: Travis Jackson, Michigan State

OL: Bernard Taylor, Indiana

OL: Michael Heitz, Illinois

OL: Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern

OL: Tyler Moore, Nebraska

DEFENSE

DL: Marcus Rush, Michigan State

DL: Ryan Russell, Purdue

DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

DL: Ben Perry, Minnesota

LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

LB: Jake Ryan, Michigan

LB: Desmond Morgan, Michigan

CB: Bradley Roby, Ohio State

CB: Blake Countess, Michigan

S: Mark Murphy, Indiana

S: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Matt Wile, Michigan

P: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

KR: Raheem Mostert, Purdue

PR: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

There were some tough choices, and several positions had more candidates than others. Cornerback, for example, featured several promising freshmen contributors. Michigan State's Tony Lippett and Penn State's Adrian Amos were close to making the cut. Indiana quarterback Tre Roberson is another player meriting mention, although Miller deserved the nod at quarterback.

Not surprisingly, it was a struggle to fill out the offensive line as most freshmen linemen don't see the field. Like we did with the general All-Big Ten team, we didn't assign positions for the O-line and simply picked the best five players. It also was a bit unusual not to have a full-time freshman place-kicker. Michigan's Wile handled kickoffs and some punting, but Brendan Gibbons kicked field goals for the Wolverines.