Five Big Ten football players were named consensus All-Americans today, including one unanimous selection, as compiled from All-America teams chosen by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation. The Big Ten was one of only three conferences with five or more consensus All-Americans, as the SEC led all conferences with nine honorees followed by five picks each for the Big Ten and Big 12.
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus was one of seven unanimous first-team All-Americans. He was joined by two more Big Ten consensus All-Americans on the defensive line in Michigan State's Jerel Worthy and Penn State's Devon Still. On offense, Michigan center David Molk and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball were both named consensus All-Americans.