Preview 2019: CFN All-Big Ten Team, Top 30 Players

Preview 2019: CFN All-Big Ten Team, Top 30 Players

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Preview 2019: CFN All-Big Ten Team, Top 30 Players

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Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Big Ten season with the CFN All-Big Ten Team & Top 30 players. 


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Big Ten Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State
Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota | Nebraska
Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin

2019 Preseason CFN Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

RB Jonathan Taylor, Jr. Wisconsin
Lost in the clunker of a 2018 Badger season was an epic performance by Taylor to stay on pace to potentially break fellow UW running back Ron Dayne’s NCAA all-time rushing record … but he needs to keep it all going with two more amazing years.

Wisconsin needs to settle the quarterback situation and has to come up with four new starting offensive linemen, but it has the nation’s best running back to work around. With a combination of power and speed, Taylor averaged over seven yards per carry, rushing for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. If he can somehow stop fumbling in the red zone, the scoring numbers will go through the roof.

2019 CFN All-Big Ten Top 30 Players

2018 Preseason CFN Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

DE AJ Epenesa, Jr. Iowa
It’s a strong year for high-end Big Ten defensive ends. Ohio State’s Chase Young is a future NFL star, Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes is special, and Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos is in for a big season, but it’s the 6-6, 280-pound Epenesa who has the full package of skills and talents to be the league’s best defensive player this season.

He’s got the size to be a more of a run stuffer after making 37 stops, but he should either repeat the 10.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss of last year, or he’ll be the focus of every blocking scheme so the rest of the defense can shine.

2019 Preseason CFN All-Big Ten Offense

QB – Adrian Martinez, Soph. Nebraska

RB – JK Dobbins, Jr. Ohio State

RB – Jonathan Taylor, Jr. Wisconsin

WR – Tyler Johnson, Sr. Minnesota

WR – Rondale Moore, Soph. Purdue

TE – Brycen Hopkins, Sr. Purdue

OT – Alaric Jackson, Jr. Iowa

OG – Ben Bredeson, Sr. Michigan

C – Tyler Bladasz, Jr. Wisconsin

OG – Michael Onwenu, Sr. Michigan

OT – Tristan Wirfs, Jr. Iowa

2019 Preseason CFN All-Big Ten Defense

DE – AJ Epenesa, Jr. Iowa

DT – Mike Panasiuk, Jr. Michigan State

DT – Raequan Williams, Sr. Michigan State

DE – Chase Young, Jr. Ohio State

LB – Joe Bachie, Sr. Michigan State

LB – (DE) Carter Coughlin, Sr. Minnesota

LB – Paddy Fisher, Jr. Northwestern

CB – Damon Arnette, Sr. Ohio State

S – Antoine Brooks, Sr. Maryland

S – Jordan Fuller, Sr. Ohio State

CB – Lavert Hill, Sr. Michigan

2019 Preseason CFN All-Big Ten Special Teams

PK – Matt Coughlin, Jr. Michigan State

P – Will Hart, Sr. Michigan

KR – Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Jr. Iowa

PR – Donovan Peoples-Jones, Jr. Michigan

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