Penn State Dominates the All Big Ten Team

The Big Ten announced their All Conference team this evening, and Penn State cleaned house.

2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
Daryll Clark, Penn State Quarterback Adam Weber, Minnesota
Shonn Greene, Iowa Running Back Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State
Javon Ringer, Michigan State Running Back Evan Royster, Penn State
Eric Decker, Minnesota Receiver Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Derrick Williams, Penn State Receiver David Gilreath, Wisconsin
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State Center Rob Bruggeman, Iowa
Seth Olsen, Iowa Guard Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State Guard Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin
Alex Boone, Ohio State Tackle Xavier Fulton, Illinois
Gerald Cadogan, Penn State Tackle Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Brandon Myers, Iowa Tight End Garrett Graham, Wisconsin
Kevin Kelly, Penn State Kicker Brett Swenson, Michigan State
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
MITCH KING, IOWA Line Jammie Kirlew, Indiana
Corey Wootton, Northwestern Line Brandon Graham, Michigan
Aaron Maybin, Penn State Line Willie VanDeSteeg, Minnesota
Jared Odrick, Penn State Line Mike Newkirk, Wisconsin
Greg Jones, Michigan State Linebacker Brit Miller, Illinois
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State Linebacker Pat Angerer, Iowa
Navorro Bowman, Penn State Linebacker Marcus Freeman, Ohio State
Vontae Davis, Illinois Defensive Back Amari Spievey, Iowa
Otis Wiley, Michigan State Defensive Back Traye Simmons, Minnesota
MALCOLM JENKINS, OHIO STATE Defensive Back Allen Langford, Wisconsin
Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State Defensive Back Jay Valai, Wisconsin
Zoltan Mesko, Michigan Punter Ryan Donahue, Iowa

 

That's ten Nittany Lions on the first team and twelve overall. But this was the coaches poll. You can see how the writers voted after the jump.

2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
Daryll Clark, Penn State Quarterback Juice Williams, Illinois
SHONN GREENE, IOWA Running Back Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State
Javon Ringer, Michigan State Running Back Evan Royster, Penn State
Arrelious Benn, Illinois Receiver Deon Butler, Penn State
Eric Decker, Minnesota Receiver Derrick Williams, Penn State
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State Center Ryan McDonald, Illinois*
  Center Rob Bruggeman, Iowa*
Seth Olsen, Iowa Guard Roland Martin, Michigan State
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State Guard Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin
Alex Boone, Ohio State Tackle Xavier Fulton, Illinois*
Gerald Cadogan, Penn State Tackle Kyle Calloway, Iowa*
  Tackle Jesse Miller, Michigan State*
Garrett Graham, Wisconsin Tight End Jack Simmons, Minnesota
Kevin Kelly, Penn State Kicker Brett Swenson, Michigan State
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
Jammie Kirlew, Indiana Line Matt Kroul, Iowa
Mitch King, Iowa Line Brandon Graham, Michigan
Willie VanDeSteeg, Minnesota Line Corey Wootton, Northwestern
Aaron Maybin, Penn State Line Jared Odrick, Penn State
Brit Miller, Illinois Linebacker Pat Angerer, Iowa
JAMES LAURINAITIS, OHIO STATE Linebacker Greg Jones, Michigan State
Navorro Bowman, Penn State Linebacker Marcus Freeman, Ohio State
Vontae Davis, Illinois Defensive Back Traye Simmons, Minnesota
Otis Wiley, Michigan State Defensive Back Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State Defensive Back Lydell Sargeant, Penn State
Allen Langford, Wisconsin Defensive Back Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State
Zoltan Mesko, Michigan Punter Aaron Bates, Michigan State

You see a lot more diversity on the media team since beat writers tend to push their own guys sometimes. But still Penn State managed to get seven players on the first team and another six guys on the second team.

In addition, a few players took home some individual awards. A.Q. Shipley was named Offensive Lineman of the Year and Gerald Cadogen was awarded a Sportsmanship Award. In addition, Joe Paterno was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media for the third time in his career.

Not bad for a team nobody picked to finish in the top three in the beginning of the season.

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