Badger Nation's Preseason All-Big Ten Team

CHICAGO - The unofficial start to the 2013 BIg Ten football season starts Wednesday during day one of the conference's preseason meetings in downtown Chicago. On the eve of those meetings, Fox Sports' Kyle Phillippi gives his preseason All-Big Ten awards.

Big Ten Preseason 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: Cody Lattimer, Indiana

The Hoosiers surprised many by leading the conference in passing offense last year. One of the key cogs in their success through the air is Lattimer. The junior tallied 51 receptions for 805 yards and six touchdowns en route to an All-Big Ten second team selection by the media.

Tight End: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin

He's not flashy, but Pedersen, 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.

Big Ten Preseason Defense

Defensive Line: Tyler Scott, Northwestern

Ohio State's John Simon stole the headlines last year as the conference's top pass rusher, but sitting atop the charts with him was Scott with 9.0 sacks. He was an honorable mention in the conference but will surely be in the running for All-Big Ten first team as a senior.

Defensive Line: Deion Barnes, Penn State

Lost among the future-NFL draft picks on last year's defense, Barnes led the Nittany Lions with 6.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss. The junior is poised for an even better season now that he'll be the cornerstone of their defense.

Defensive Line: Tyler Dippel, Wisconsin

The redshirt senior is a year removed from producing a team-high 5.0 sacks while producing 5.5 tackles for loss. He may fly under the radar, but he's well on his way to becoming a household name.

Linebacker: Chris Borland, Wisconsin

A reigning All-Big Ten selection, Borland had his name on numerous postseason awards list, including the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy. While he continues to be stopper at linebacker with back-to-back seasons of 100 or more tackles, his greatest strength is jarring the bar loose. In his career, Borland has forced a whopping 13 fumbles.

Linebacker: Max Bullough, Michigan State

In what will be his third season starting in the middle in East Lansing, Bullogh has developed into one of the premier linebackers in the country. He earned All-Big Ten honors as a junior and was a semifinalist for numerous postseason awards. In the conference, he finished in the top ten with 111 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.

Linebacker: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

A quick glance at the numbers and it's pretty obvious as to why Shazier is an All-Big Ten lock. Not only did he finish with 115 tackles and nearly 10 tackles per game, but the junior led the conference with 17.0 tackles for loss. The anchor on the Buckeyes' defense even finished in the top ten with 5.0 sacks.

Linebacker: James Morris, Iowa

An All-Big Ten Honorable Mention as a junior, Morris compiled 113 total tackles and ranked third in the conference with 9.4 tackles per game. Between his instincts and toughness, Morris will once again be the leader of the Hawkeyes' defense as he continues to climb up the school's all-time tackles leaderboard.

Defensive Back: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

As a junior, Dennard cracked the All-Big Ten first team after a stellar season in which he racked up 52 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended. As long as he can come back in similar form after his offseason sports hernia surgery, there's no reason Dennard won't be a first-team selection in his final year.

Defensive Back: Ciante Evans, Nebraska

The senior cornerback might not get as much credit, but head coach Bo Pelini believes he is the best cornerback in the Big Ten. The junior earned Nebraska defensive MVP honors last season.

Defensive Back: Christian Bryant, Ohio State

The safety proved to be a reliable tackler for the Buckeyes, racking up 70 tackles while defending 12 passes. An All-Big Ten second team pick as a junior, Bryant will have a great opportunity of landing himself on the first team as a senior.

Defensive Back: Ricardo Allen, Purdue

Set to start his fourth year at corner, Allen is coming a second-team All-Conference season in which he tallied 45 tackles with four tackles for loss, five defended passes and one sack. This year, though, Allen will look to replicate his sophomore season where he had 81 tackles and three picks.

Kicker: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

The Big Ten Co-Kicker of the Year along with Nebraska's Brett Maher, Budzien went six of seven from 40 or more yards and 19-for-20 overall. He set the school-record for field goal percentage with a 95.0 mark en route to being named a first-team All-Conference selection.

Punter: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

A first-team honoree as a sophomore, Sadler averaged 43.3 yards per punt in 79 attempts. In his career, he has nailed 40 percent of his kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Year end awards

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Coach of the Year: Urban Meyer, Ohio State

Newcomer of the Year: RB Derrick Green, Michigan. Michigan's run game could be in disarray in 2013 with Denard Robinson gone and Fitz Toussaint coming off a broken leg. While Toussaint may be healthy enough to start, Green, a five-star recruit, should see plenty of playing time right from the get-go in Ann Arbor.

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