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Sports Illustrated Publishers' 2020 Preseason All-Big Ten Team

SI's Big Ten publishers announce their inaugural preseason All-Conference.

The annual Big Ten media days, originally scheduled for this week in Chicago, were canceled, and now we await a potentially similar fate for the season itself.

Until then, let's take a look at what a Big Ten season might look like. SI's Big Ten publishers this week will hold our own virtual media days, tracking the top players, contenders and stories of what, for now, is a conference-only season.

First up: Our preseason All-Big Ten team, which includes four players from Penn State. Michigan led with five all-conference players, all on defense.

A few notes on the format. The offense includes one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two offensive guards and one center. The defense features four linemen, four linebackers and four defensive backs, based on various programs' schemes.

Plus, who's our pick to win an unconventional Big Ten season?

SI Publishers Preseason All-Big Ten Team


  • Quarterback: Justin Fields, Ohio State
  • Running Back: Journey Brown, Penn State
  • Running Back: Elijah Collins, Michigan State
  • Wide Receiver: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
  • Wide Receiver: Rondale Moore, Purdue
  • Tight end: Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  • Tackles: Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
  • Tackle: Alaric Jackson, Iowa
  • Guard: Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
  • Guard: Blaise Andries, Minnesota
  • Center: Josh Myers, Ohio State


  • Defensive line: George Karlaftis, Purdue
  • Defensive line: Kwity Paye, Michigan
  • Defensive line: Shaka Toney, Penn State
  • Defensive line: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

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  • Linebacker: Micah Parsons, Penn State
  • Linebacker: Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
  • Linebacker: Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin
  • Linebacker: Cameron McGrone, Michigan
  • Cornerback: Shawn Wade, Ohio State
  • Cornerback: Ambry Thomas, Michigan
  • Safety: Eric Burrell, Wisconsin
  • Safety: Daxton Hill, Michigan


  • Kicker: Keith Duncan, Iowa
  • Punter: Blake Hayesm Illinois
  • Kick returner: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
  • Punt returner: Rondale Moore, Purdue


  • Offense: Justin Fields, Ohio State
  • Defense: Micah Parsons, Penn State


  • Ryan Day, Ohio State


  • Big Ten West: Wisconsin
  • Big Ten East Winner: Ohio State
  • Big Ten Champion: Ohio State

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