All-Big Ten: Special Teams

This season the Big Ten will be filled with talented players on both sides of the ball. From Terrelle Pryor to Greg Jones, the depth of Big Ten offenses and defenses is seemingly endless. The same can also be said about the special teams players that the conference has to offer. Here are the preseason picks for special teams All-Big Ten.

Kick Returner: Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota, JR

The obvious pick would be to choose Keshawn Martin or Derrell Johnson-Koulianos but last season Stoudermire proved what a great return man he is. He had a total of 1,057 kick return yards which was eighth best in the country. It is hard to argue with that type of production. With a less experienced Gopher defense, Stoudermire should get plenty of return opportunities, especially early in the year when the defense is still maturing.

Punt Returner: Keshawn Martin, Michigan State, JR

While Keshawn Martin is more known as a prolific kick returner, he is also very good returning punts. Martin had 40 returns for 156 yards and 19 fair-catches. Martin is a speedster who will be a threat to take a punt back every time he touches the ball. Look for Keshawn Martin to bring at least one punt back for a score this season.

Kicker: Philip Welch, Wisconsin, JR

Although Philip Welch's sophomore season did not improve on his freshmen year, he still has the leg to make a huge impact on the Badger season. As a freshman, Welch hit 20 of his 24 field goal attempts and 39 out of 40 extra points. Last year, he made 17 out of 24 field goal tries and 47 out of 49 extra points. The most impressive stat is that Welch nailed a 57-yard field goal against Fresno State. With that type of leg, Welch will surely be used many times to try and save the Badgers.

Punter: Ryan Donahue, Iowa, SR

Ryan Donahue is an experienced punter with three years of division one punting under his belt. Last season Donahue averaged 41.1 yards per kick and even had booming punt that went 73 yards. Having an experienced punter like Donahue can be a huge advantage in any game.

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