The 2018 regular season is in the books and the College Football Playoffs are set. With the culmination of the regular season comes PFF’s awards and all-conference selections as well as our All-American lists for both the first and second team.
The All-conference selections have been made by each of PFF’s leading conference analyst based mainly on PFF’s play-by-play grading process for the entire season as well as cumulative grades, game grades against quality opposition, other PFF advanced statistics and playing time.
The All-Big Ten selections below are headlined by the first team with the second team listed below each position.
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First Team: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Haskins was outstanding all season in a clean pocket, one of the best predictors of NFL success. When not faced with pressure, he threw 43 touchdowns to just five interceptions and had a passer rating of 134.4.
Second Team: Shea Patterson, Michigan
First Team: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Taylor averaged an outstanding 4.2 yards after contact this season and forced 58 missed tackles, leading the nation by almost 300 yards in total rushing yards. His 1,175 yards after contact were more than all but 14 other running backs had total rushing yards this season.
Second Team: Reggie Corbin, Illinois
First Team: Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
Ozigbo’s average of 4.5 yards per carry after contact tied him for 10th in the country.
Second Team: JK Dobbins, Ohio State
First Team: Rondale Moore, Purdue
A true freshman season to remember, 831 of Moore’s 1,169 yards this season came after the catch to lead the country, and 225 of them came after initial contact.
Second Team: JD Spielman, Nebraska
First Team: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Johnson’s 3.3 yards per route run ranked sixth in the country, and second best in the Big Ten behind only Parris Campbell of Ohio State.
Second Team: K.J. Hill, Ohio State
First Team: Parris Campbell, Ohio State
Campbell led the country with a passer rating of 141.6 when targeted while also leading the conference in yards after the catch.
Second Team: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
First Team: TJ Hockenson, Iowa
Hockenson’s 2.26 yards per route run ranked sixth nationally among tight ends with at least 50 targets.
Second Team: Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
First Team: Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
Van Lanen surrendered just two sacks and one hit on 212 pass-blocking reps in 2018.
Second Team: Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
First Team: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
Benzschawel anchored the Badgers line with Biadasz as he allowed just seven QB pressures on 328 snaps in pass protection. His 83.8 run-blocking grade was 2.0 points higher than the next closest and second only to Prescod among guards.
Second Team: Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
First Team: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
While his pass-blocking grades rank in the top half of all centers this season, Biadasz did his best work in the run game. His 83.7 run-blocking grade was the best among all centers.
Second Team: Jared Weyler, Minnesota
First Team: Ross Reynolds, Iowa
Reynolds’ run-blocking grade of 81.6 was the highest for any Big Ten lineman not from Wisconsin.
Second Team: Nick Allegretti, Illinois
First Team: Alex Palczewski, Illinois
Palczewski’s best skill was his run blocking this year, as his 79.5 grade in the category ranked third among all Big Ten tackles.
Second Team: Alaric Jackson, Iowa
First Team: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Willekes has always been an excellent run defender, but his seven sacks, 16 QB hits and 33 hurries this year were equally impressive rushing off the edge of the Spartans defense.
Second Team: Chase Young, Ohio State
First Team: Chase Winovich, Michigan
Winovich was a monster against the run in 2018, notching 36 run stops, 15 of them either tackles for loss or tackles for no gain.
Second Team: Anthony Nelson, Iowa
First Team: Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
Jones posted six sacks and 41 total pressures while winning an impressive 14.1% of his pass rushes.
Second Team: Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
First Team: Jordan Thompson, Northwestern
Thompson led all Big Ten defensive linemen with a run-defense grade of 91.0 in 2018.
Second Team: Mike Panasiuk, Michigan State
First Team: TJ Edwards, Wisconsin
Edwards tallied an impressive 51 run stops in 2018, 13 of which were recorded for either a loss or no gain.
Second Team: Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
First Team: Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Cashman was outstanding in all three defensive facets, as he was the only Big Ten defender to post elite grades (85.0 or higher) in run defense, pass coverage and pass-rush.
Second Team: Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
First Team: Justin Layne, Michigan State
Layne was targeted 89 times in coverage this season and forced incompletions on 16 of those pass attempts (one interception).
Second Team: Montre Hartage, Northwestern
First Team: Amani Hooker, Iowa
Hooker dominated out of the slot for the Hawkeyes this season, spending 279 coverage snaps from an inside alignment. He was targeted 47 times and brought in three interceptions, tying for the national lead in interceptions from the slot.
Second Team: Isaiah Wharton, Rutgers
First Team: Geno Stone, Iowa
Stone forced incompletions on 23.1% of the 13 times he was targeted in coverage (four interceptions) and added seven stops on pass plays.
Second Team: Jacob Huff, Minnesota
First Team: Deontai Williams, Nebraska
Williams was truly an elite player for Nebraska, as he posted a run-defense grade of 86.9 to go with a coverage grade of 89.9.
Second Team: Khari Willis, Michigan State
First Team: Devin Bush, Michigan
Bush was a force in all three facets, posting six sacks and 22 total pressures to go with 34 run stops and 14 stops on passing plays.
Second Team: Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
First Team: Chase McLaughlin, Illinois
McLaughlin connected on 20-of-25 attempts this year, including nailing 3-of-5 attempts from at least 50 yards.
Second Team: Logan Justus, Indiana
First Team: Adam Korsak, Rutgers
Korsak had just three touchbacks in 2018 despite leading the Big Ten with 77 punts.
Second Team: Will Hart, Michigan
First Team: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
Smith-Marsette’s average of 32.6 yards per kick return was the best among Big Ten returners with at least five attempts by more than five yards.
Second Team: Javon Leake, Maryland
First Team: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
Peoples-Jones led all Big Ten punt returners with at least 10 punt returns with an average of 10.3 yards per return.
Second Team: Kyle Groeneweg, Iowa