Shazier, Dennard lead AP All-Americans
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.
Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland all made the second team.
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
Congrats to all the honorees. Kind of surprised that neither Mike Sadler nor Cody Webster made any of the three teams at punter, but the Big Ten is well represented among the All-Americans.
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