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Our All-Big Ten second team choices

12/16/2013

Officially, we only do a first-team All-Big Ten here at the ol' blog. But there were tough decisions and plenty of players deserving of recognition in the 2013 season. So if we had to do a second team, here's what it would look like:

Offense

QB: Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State

RB: James White, Wisconsin

WR: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

WR: Cody Latimer, Indiana

TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

C: Jack Allen, Michigan State

OL: John Urschel, Penn State

OL: Blake Treadwell, Michigan State

OL: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin

OL: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State

Defense

DL: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

DL: DaQuan Jones, Penn State

DL: Theiren Cockran, Minnesota

DL: Carl Davis, Iowa

LB: Denicos Allen, Michigan State

LB: Anthony Hitchens, Iowa

LB: Jonathan Brown, Illinois

DB: Blake Countess, Michigan

DB: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska

DB: Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State

DB: B.J. Lowery, Iowa

Specialists

K: Pat Smith, Nebraska

P: Cody Webster, Purdue

KR: Akeem Hunt, Purdue

Some tough calls here, including the quarterback. Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase has a strong case. But ultimately we went with the guy who was 9-0 in the Big Ten as a starter and won a league title with a 20-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. ... Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon couldn't crack our first two teams despite running for 1,466 yards. We thought White and Langford were better in the key parts of the season than Gordon, who did most of his best work in the first six games. ... We had three tackles on our first team, so the interior linemen get their due with four spots on the second team. ... Several of our defensive players here were difficult omissions from the first team, including Allen, Countess, Jean-Baptiste, Lewis and Lowery. ... We chose Smith as the kicker in a close call over Michigan State's Michael Geiger, whom we honored on our all-freshman team.