Ouimet Names/Comments on All Big Ten

Former assistant recruiting coordinator Mark Ouimet names his own All Big Ten Team and compares it to the coaches' team. Mark comments on each selection – really showing why these were the best players.

2002 All-Big Ten Conference Teams
Coaches' Team vs. Mark Ouimet's team

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Coaches' 1st/2nd Team: Brad Banks, Iowa; Craig Krenzel, OSU
Ouimet's 1st/2nd Team: Brad Banks, Iowa; Craig Krenzel, OSU

*Ouimet's comment: These two guys are leaders, great decision makers, and both led their team to Big Ten Championships. These are the best two quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Both have the ability to run out of the pocket. Both of these quarterbacks hit over 60 percent of their passes, and Banks only had 4 interceptions, while Krenzel had only 5 interceptions.

Running Back
Coaches' 1st Team: Fred Russell, Iowa; Larry Johnson, PSU;
Ouimet's 1st Team: Larry Johnson, PSU; Fred Russell, Iowa

Coaches' 2nd Team: Maurice Clarett, OSU; Anthony Davis, Wis.
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Maurice Clarett, OSU; Anthony Davis, Wis.

*Ouimet's comment: Larry Johnson is by far the best back in the Big Ten, with 2015 total yards and an average of 167.9 a game and eight yards per attempt. Fred Russell is my other guy on the first team with 1219 yards in ten games -- an average of 5.8 yards per attempt. My two second team guys are Maurice and Anthony -- both had some injuries throughout the season, but both are tough backs that get you some yards. I don't think that either are as capable as Johnson and Russell yet, but in time they will be.

Receiver
Coaches' 1st Team: Charles Rogers, U-M State; Bryant Johnson, PSU
Ouimet's 1st Team: Charles Rogers, U-M State; Brandon Lloyd, Ill

Coaches' 2nd Team: Braylon Edwards, U-M; Michael Jenkins, OSU
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Bryant Johnson, PSU; Michael Jenkins, OSU

*Ouimet's comment: These two first team guys were easy picks for me. Charles because he had 63 catches for 1287 yards with 13 touchdowns in 11 games on a bad football team. Brandon had 65 catches for 1010 yards with 9 touchdowns in 11 games without a quarterback at all really, so if those two can put numbers up like that than they should be first team. Bryant Johnson had 48 catches for 917 yards with 4 touchdowns in 12 games, while Michael had 57 catches for 1031 yards with 6 touchdowns in 12 games. I don't see how Bryant and Michael can touch what Charles and Brandon did on teams that didn't have offenses at all.

Center
Coaches' 1st/2nd Team: Bruce Nelson, Iowa; Al Johnson, Wis.
Ouimet's 1st/2nd Team: Bruce Nelson, Iowa; Al Johnson, Wis.

*Ouimet's comment: There isn't anyone close in the Big Ten to these two guys.

Guard
Coaches' 1st Team: Eric Steinbach, Iowa; David Baas, U-M
Ouimet's 1st Team: Eric Steinbach, Iowa; David Baas, U-M

Coaches' 2nd Team: David Diehl, Ill; Jeff Roehl, NW
Ouimet's 2nd Team: David Diehl, Ill; Jeff Roehl, NW

*Ouimet's comment: These four stood out all year in the Big Ten and are four good players, but Steinbach and Baas take it to the next level. Both of them are able to pull without any problems at all. The next two, Diehl and Roehl, are solid but not to the ability of Steinbach and Baas. All four will be drafted someday. And Baas will lead the best line in the Big Ten next year at the University of Michigan. Roehl is a transfer from Notre Dame and this probably is why he struggled at first, but has come a long ways to sneak into the best four guards in the Big Ten.

Tackle
Coaches' 1st Team: Robert Gallery, Iowa; Tony Pape, U-M
Ouimet's 1st Team: Robert Gallery, Iowa; Tony Pashos, Ill

Coaches' 2nd Team: Tony Pashos, Ill; Shane Olivea, OSU
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Tony Pape, U-M; Shane Olivea, OSU

*Ouimet's comment: Robert Gallery and Tony Pashos man my first team, with Robert being the only returner on Iowa's front line. Don't worry Iowa fans because the Hawkeye's will have many young guys to replace that line up front. Tony Pashos manned the front line of the Illini and will be a first-day guy in this upcoming NFL draft. Tony Pape and Shane Olivea made too many mistakes up front for them to be on my first team, but both have great potential -- look for them to be my pre-season favorites.

Tight End
Coaches' 1st/2nd Team: Dallas Clark, Iowa; Bennie Joppru, U-M
Ouimet's 1st/2nd Team: Dallas Clark, Iowa; Bennie Joppru, U-M

*Ouimet's comment: Hands down the two best tight ends in the Big Ten and both are Top 10 in the country. Dallas Clark had 39 catches for 645 yards with 4 touchdowns and Bennie Joppru had 47 catches for 499 yards with 5 touchdowns. But more importantly both of these guys can block up front for you and help in the running game tremendously.

Kicker
Coaches' 1st/2nd Team: Nate Kaeding, Iowa; Mike Nugent, OSU
Ouimet's 1st/2nd Team: Nate Kaeding, Iowa; Mike Nugent, OSU

*Ouimet's comment: Nate was 20-22 on FG's and finished the season with 115 total points to lead Iowa in scoring. Mike was 24-26 on FG's and finished with 113 total points to lead Ohio State in scoring.

DEFENSE

Defensive Line
Coaches' 1st Team: Colin Cole, Iowa; Darrion Scott, OSU; Michael Haynes, PSU; Jimmy Kennedy, PSU
Ouimet's 1st Team: Michael Haynes, PSU; Jimmy Kennedy, PSU; Colin Cole, Iowa; Howard Hodges, Iowa

Coaches' 2nd Team: Howard Hodges, Iowa; Tim Anderson, OSU; Kenny Peterson, OSU; Will Smith, OSU
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Shantee Orr, U-M; Kenny Peterson, OSU; Will Smith, OSU; Darrion Scott, OSU

*Ouimet's comment: First, Michael Haynes is the best in this group with 75 tackles, 22 being for a loss and 14.5 being sacks. He is number one in my book with Jimmy Kennedy and his 78 tackles coming in second, for the best one-two combo in the country. Colin Cole and Howard Hodges are the second best one-two combo in the Big Ten with both of them having great years along with their team's success. The Hawkeye's defense took these guys' lead and ran with it all year long. My second team has three Ohio State players -- without those three guys up front the Buckeye's would've never made it through the season undefeated. Rounding out my second team is Shantee Orr from the University of Michigan: without a doubt in my mind he is the best defensive lineman on the Michigan roster. Orr was the leader of the Wolverines with six sacks in only ten games this year. Just imagine, if he would've received more snaps in those ten games, what he actually could do up front for the Wolverines like those other guys do for their teams.

Linebacker
Coaches' 1st Team: Fred Barr, Iowa; Victor Hobson, U-M; Matt Wilhelm, OSU
Ouimet's 1st Team: Victor Hobson, U-M; Matt Wilhelm, OSU; Fred Barr, Iowa

Coaches' 2nd Team: Grant Steen, Iowa; Cie Grant, OSU; Niko Koutouvides, Purdue
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Niko Koutouvides, Purdue; Cie Grant, OSU; Grant Steen, Iowa

*Ouimet's comment: Fred Barr led this Hawkeye defense with 109 tackles and one sack -- and with the two defensive lineman and Barr now you see why this Iowa defense was so stingy. Victor Hobson led the Michigan defense with 87 tackles and five sacks, so he is well deserving of this first team selection, along with the fact he moved around a lot on defense all year. Matt Wilhelm had 111 tackles with 16.5 of those being for a loss. This trio is by far the best in the Big Ten in both rushing and in pass coverage. Look for these three to have successful careers at the next level. Cie Grant did a great job after moving from the DB spot with 64 tackles this year. This is something that Michigan might have benefited from had they moved Cato June to Linebacker.

Defensive Back
Coaches' 1st Team: Bob Sanders, Iowa; Marlin Jackson, U-M; Michael Doss, OSU; Chris Gamble, OSU
Ouimet's 1st Team: Marlin Jackson, U-M; Bob Sanders, Iowa; Michael Doss, OSU; Shawn Mayer, PSU

Coaches' 2nd Team: Eugene Wilson, Ill; Derek Pagel, Iowa; Shawn Mayer, PSU; Jim Leonhard, Wis.
Ouimet's 2nd Team: Eugene Wilson, Ill; Derek Pagel, Iowa; Chris Gamble, OSU; Jim Leonhard, Wis.

*Ouimet's comment: Marlin Jackson had 50 tackles and 18 pass breakups, which is outstanding; look for a 1st All-American season out of him next year. Bob Sanders was the last line of defense for the Hawkeyes this year and was second on the team in tackles with 89. Michael Doss was second on the OSU team with 98 tackles this yea, and with that great pressure the defensive line was getting all year and the defensive threat of Doss now you know why they were solid all year long. After leading his team in tackles this year with 139 with 5.5 being for a loss I couldn't leave Doss off my first team.

Punter
Coaches' 1st/2nd Team: Andy Groom, OSU; Adam Finley, U-M
Ouimet's 1st/2nd Team: Andy Groom, OSU; Adam Finley, U-M

*Ouimet's comment: Andy Groom had 54 punts this year and averaged 44.6 yards per kick which is outstanding. He gave the Buckeyes great field advantage all year. Adam Finley had 62 punts for an average 42.4 yards per kick, which helped the Wolverines with some field position in those tough games like Utah, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Coaches: Brad Banks, Iowa;
Ouimet: Brad Banks, Iowa

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:
Coaches: Eric Steinbach, Iowa;
Ouimet: Eric Steinbach, Iowa

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Coaches: Michael Doss, OSU;
Ouimet: Michael Doss, OSU

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:
Coaches: Jimmy Kennedy, PSU;
Ouimet: Michael Haynes, PSU

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:
Ouimet: Maurice Clarett, OSU

COACH OF THE YEAR:
Ouimet: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

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