NCAA Football Preview: All-Big Ten Team
On the heels of his Rose Bowl MVP performance, the Buckeyes star enters his third year as starter with Heisman hopes and the chance to lead a national-title contender.
A bruising back who calls to mind former Badgers Heisman winner Ron Dayne, Clay was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore when he rushed for 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Having already rushed for 2,405 yards the past two seasons, this speedy back figures to take on an even greater role for the Nittany Lions following the departure of star quarterback Daryll Clark.
The Big Ten's leading receiver last season (91.7 yards per game), Smith had four games of 11 or more catches, including a 15-catch, 152-yard day against Michigan State.
A big-time threat due to his size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and great hands, Doss earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2009 with 77 catches for 962 yards.
The 6-foot-4, 239-pound NFL prospect made his presence known in the Champs Sports Bowl against Miami, catching seven passes for 128 yards.
A rare freshman to start on Iowa's offensive line, the highly talented Reiff (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) will take over as the Hawkeyes' full-time left tackle.
A four-year starter who played center last season, Wisniewski moved back to his preferred spot at guard in the spring.
A third-year starter and former Freshman All-American, the Orlando native is one of several talented veterans on the Buckeyes' O-line.
A first team All-Big Ten selection last season, Moffitt figures to contend for the Lombardi and Outland trophies.
As a freshman three years ago, Carimi replaced Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas. With 36 career starts under his belt, Carimi (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) is now viewed as the next great Badgers tackle.
The St. Louis native culminated a dominating season (11.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles) by earning MVP honors in the Hawkeyes' Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech.
Klug made the most of his first season as starter, notching 65 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss.
The former end proved a disruptive force inside, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention honors last season.
The son of late NFL star Craig "Ironhead" Heyward becomes the Buckeyes' primary pass-rusher following the departure of Thaddeus Gibson.
A consensus All-American last season, Jones ranked third nationally with 154 tackles, his third straight season as the Spartans' leading tackler.
An instinctive playmaker, Homan led the Buckeyes last season with 108 tackles while also notching five interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles.
The Kettering, Ohio, native made an instant impact in his first season, racking up 10.5 tackles for loss on his way to being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
With the speed to anchor OSU's 4X100 relay team, Chekwa locks down opposing receivers, notching seven pass breakups in 2009.
Wherever you see the ball, Sash invariably follows. He totaled 85 tackles and picked off six passes last season, returning them for a combined 203 yards.
A fast, hard-hitting strong safety who moved into a starting role last season, Hines will be counted on more in pass coverage with the departure of star Kurt Coleman.
An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection the past two seasons, Rucker has established himself as a versatile boundary corner.
Last year's second team All-Big Ten kicker, Demos made 18-of-25 field goals, including a game-winning 49-yarder against Eastern Michigan.
Entering his fourth year as the Spartans' punter, Bates has averaged 41.1 yards on 203 career kicks.
The special teams extraordinaire already holds the conference record for career kick returns (108) and ranks second in yardage (2,336).
An explosive playmaker who led the Spartans with 1,451 all-purpose yards last season, Martin is dangerous every time he touches the ball.