Phillippi's preseason All-Big Ten offense

Big Red Report's Kyle Phillippi breaks down his preseason All-Big Ten first team offense.

Quarterback: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
A Heisman finalist as a sophomore, Miller tormented defenses with both his arm and legs. He was second in the conference with 3,310 total yards and 28 touchdowns. With the University's bowl ban lifted and a year under his belt in Urban Meyer's system, there's no reason Miller won't reproduce, or even better, his numbers as a junior.

Running Back: Venric Mark, Northwestern
The past few seasons, every running back lived under the shadow of Montee Ball, Le'Veon Bell and Rex Burkhead. With all three in the NFL now, the spotlight will turn to Mark. Third in the conference with 1,371 yards, Mark emerged as a feature back for Northwestern, aiding quarterback Kain Colter in the Wildcats' up-tempo offense. Entering his final year, Mark will continue to play a prominent role in Pat Fitzgerald's system and will have a great shot at surpassing 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Robinson surprised many in his sophomore year. For a program that was in shambles on the offensive side, Robinson wound up leading the Big Ten with in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
The senior's decision to return for his senior season comes as a huge boost for the Badgers' offense. Abbrederis earned All-Conference first team after producing 837 yards and five touchdowns on 49 receptions.

Wide Receiver: Kenny Bell, Nebraska
If his hit in the Big Ten Championship game from last year doesn't get him on the list alone, a season with probably near a 1,000 yards and 50+ catches will. Nebraska will likely be the best offensive in the Big Ten, so a skilled player had to be on the list.


Kenny Bell

Tight End: Jacob Pederson, Wisconsin
He's not flashy, but Pederson, an All-Conference second team nominee, finished as a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award. He has totaled 12 touchdowns the past two seasons.

Offensive Tackle: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
In a shocking turn of events, Lewan bypassed the NFL Draft to return for his senior season. The future first-round draft pick won numerous All-American honors and has started 28 consecutive games.

Offensive Guard: Spencer Long, Nebraska
A second-team All American, Long has started 27 straight games at right guard and will once again play an integral part in Nebraska's run offense. He should once again add to his already decorated resume during his senior year.

Offensive Guard: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
The junior started every game last season, moving from left tackle to left guard halfway through the year. An honorable mention in 2011, Norwell will have an excellent shot of earning first-team honors in what should be an explosive Ohio State offense.

Offensive Tackle: Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
The massive right tackle is coming off an All-Conference season in which he started every game as a member of the Big Ten's most effective offense in terms of total yards and rushing.

Center: Corey Linsley, Ohio State
The Big Ten will lose both of their All-Conference centers, leaving room for a new face to step into the spotlight. After starting every game in the middle of Ohio State's line, Linsley is poised for a breakout year on the Buckeyes' offensive front.

*** Story posted by BRR Publisher Josh Harvey ***


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