Quarterback: Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State, JR
Pryor is the obvious choice to be First Team All-Big ten. A legitimate Heisman contender, Pryor is poised to have a monster season. Last season, Pryor threw for 2094 yards and 18 touchdowns to go with 779 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. If Pryor can improve on his numbers from last year there will not be a quarterback in the Big Ten who can compete with that kind of production.
Running Back: John Clay, Wisconsin, JR
Junior John Clay is another no-brainer to be an All-Big Ten selection. Clay is a monster when he gets a head of steam. At 6-foot-2 and 247-pounds, Clay is bigger than many linebackers in the Big Ten. Once he gets past the defensive line he is near-impossible to bring down alone. Last season Clay ran for a conference leading 1517 yards and 18 touchdowns. Because of his outstanding season Clay was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. If the massive Badger line can create a hole large enough for Clay to fit through he will have no problem being named to the All-Big Ten team.
Running Back: Evan Royster, Penn State, SR
Evan Royster is the second returning First Team All-Big Ten running back, the other being John Clay. Royster had a great 2009 season compiling 1,169 yards rushing and six touchdowns to go with 187 yards receiving and two touchdowns. With the graduation of quarterback, Daryll Clark, expect Royster to carry more of the offensive load and put up bigger number in 2010.
Wide Receiver: Keith Smith, Purdue, SR
If Keith Smith can just match his great 2009 season, he will have no problem being one of the top wide outs in the conference. Last year, Smith had 91 receptions for 1100 yards and six scores. Smith was the go-to weapon on a mediocre Boilermaker team last year. With last year's production, Smith can except more defensive focus on him but should have no problem being one of the top receivers in the Big Ten.
Wide Receiver: DeVier Posey, Ohio State, JR
DeVier Posey had a breakout year in 2009 raking in 60 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. The speedster had his best game against the Gophers where he caught eight balls for 161 yards and two touchdowns. With defenses dealing with the problem of containing the illusive Terrelle Pryor, Posey should be able to find space to get open and get the touches he needs to excel. With Pryor at the helm, Posey should have no problem being All-Big Ten.
Tight End: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, JR
Drake Dunsmore was injured for the entire 2008 season but came back in 2009 with a vengeance. Dunsmore had 47 receptions for 523 yards and three touchdowns last season. His best game came against Syracuse when he had nine catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. If Dunsmore can duplicate these impressive numbers this season he will easily be one of the best tight ends in the Big Ten.
Offensive Guard: Justin Boren, Ohio State, SR
Left guard, Justin Boren is poised to have a second-straight quality season with the Buckeyes. After a transfer from Michigan, Boren went to the Buckeyes where he has excelled. Look for Boren's name to be called for All-Big Ten honors.
Offensive Guard: Matt Carufel. Minnesota, SR
So maybe this is a small case of a Minnesota bias but there is no denying that Carufel is both talented and large. At 6-foot-5 and 302 has prototypical guard size. After another year of practicing with the Gophers, it would not be outrageous for Carufel to be named among this season's elite Big Ten linemen.
Center: Michael Brewster, Ohio State, JR
Michael Brewster is big center, 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, who plays the game the right way. This will be Brewster's third year as a starter and the experience has gone a long way to further Brewster's game. The rest of the Buckeye line is also very good which help Brewster look even better.
Offensive Tackle: Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin, JR
A five-star lineman coming out of high school, Oglesby has not yet lived up to his billing. The 6-foot-5 Oglesby has the size and skills to be great. If Oglesby stays healthy he might finally have the breakout season that Badger fans have been waiting for.
Offensive Tackle: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, SR
It looks as though the Badgers could have the two best offensive tackles in the Big Ten. Gabe Carimi is almost a sure thing to be named All-Big Ten. Carimi has the size, 6-foot-7, 327 pounds, the experience, and the name recognition to be honored by the Big Ten at the end of the season.
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