Eighteen Big Ten Football Players Earn All-America Accolades

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With the announcement of All-America teams by the Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, 18 Big Ten players have earned All-America laurels, including six first-team honorees. The Big Ten's first-team All-Americans are Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard and punter Mike Sadler, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien, Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Big Ten standouts earning second-team All-America accolades are Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen and defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska offensive lineman Spencer Long, Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett and running back Carlos Hyde and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Third-team All-America selections are Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel and Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy.

The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans, including honorees announced by the Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation last week, appears below:

OFFENSE
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (Associated Press third team)
Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska (CBSSports.com second team)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team; Associated Press third team)
Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (ESPN.com first team; CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (CBSSports.com & Sporting News first team; Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
John Urschel, OL, Penn State (Associated Press third team)
Ryan Groy, OL, Wisconsin (Associated Press third team)

DEFENSE
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State (Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (Associated Press third team)
Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp first team)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (Associated Press third team)
C.J. Barnett, DB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today first team; CBSSports.com & Walter Camp second team)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today second team)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State (CBSSports.com & ESPN.com first team)
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (Sporting News first team; USA Today & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)

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