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PFF Preseason 2019 All-B1G Team

Dec 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson (2) passes against the Florida Gators during the first half in the 2018 Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After grading and analyzing every player on every play of every game during the 2018 college football season, it’s time we unveil the 2019 Preseason PFF All-B1G first team, second team and honorable mention for every position on offense and defense as well as for the first time ever, specialists.

The Preseason All-B1G list may differ a bit from any year-end look back at the previous season as we project to the 2019 season ahead of us. Find out which of these athletes made the PFF All-American team as well.

First-Team Offense

QB

Shea Patterson, Michigan

Second-Team: Justin Fields, Ohio State
Honorable Mention: Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

RB

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

No running back comes close to Taylor's production of back-to-back seasons with 1,300+ yards after contact and at least 66 missed tackles forced on the ground.

Second-Team: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
Honorable Mention: Anthony McFarland, Maryland

RB

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

With back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to his credit, Dobbins has now accumulated 1,444 yards after contact and 77 career missed tackles forced on the ground.

Second-Team: Reggie Corbin, Illinois
Honorable Mention: Stevie Scott, Indiana

WR

Rondale Moore, Purdue

The shiftiest receiver in college football returns for a true sophomore campaign after leading the nation with 37 missed tackles forced after the catch last year.

Second-Team: JD Spielman, Nebraska
Honorable Mention: KJ Hamler, Penn State

WR

Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

No returning receiver has converted more receptions for a first down or touchdown than Johnson as his 91 lead the next-closest receiver by six and he's the highest-graded active receiver in the red zone just as he is on money downs (3rd & 4th).

Second-Team: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

WR

K.J. Hill, Ohio State

Hill returns with the third-most yards after the catch among Power-5 receivers and his average of 7.7 YAC/reception proves just how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands.

Second-Team: Nico Collins, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Danny Davis III, Wisconsin

TE

Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin

No active Power-5 tight end forced as many missed tackles last season than Ferguson and he's a reliable target for whoever is throwing the rock in Madison this year.

Second-Team: Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
Honorable Mention: Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

OT

Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin

Leading the nation's tackles in run-blocking grade by some margin, the aforementioned Taylor has one of the better run-blocking tackles that we've seen in five years of grading out in front of him.

Second-Team: Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Honorable Mention: Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

OG

Ben Bredeson, Michigan

Carried heavily by his pass-blocking, Bredeson is a monster of a man who has allowed all of two sacks on his 1,046 career reps in pass protection.

Second-Team: Blaise Andries, Minnesota
Honorable Mention: Conner Olson, Minnesota

C

Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

The pinnacle of the center position in 2019, Biadasz has finished 16 games without a single pressure allowed and dominates at the next level in run blocking.

Second-Team: Michael Menet, Penn State
Honorable Mention: Doug Kramer, Illinois

OG

Jonah Jackson, Rutgers

About the only thing that went well with the Rutgers offense last year, Jackson holds the Power-5's third-highest pass-blocking grade among active guards and slides over to the Buckeyes for 2019.

Second-Team: Michael Onwenu, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Cole Banwart, Iowa

OT

Alaric Jackson, Iowa

Against some of the most feared pass-rushers in the country, Jackson allowed just three combined sacks + hits a year ago.

Second-Team: Alex Palczewski, Illinois
Honorable Mention: Jon Runyan, Michigan

 

First-Team Defense

Edge

Chase Young, Ohio State

No edge defender had more pressures than Young did in 2018 and that number should only be on the rise as he continually wins his pass-rushes with ease and with a bevy of pass-rush moves.

Second-Team: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Honorable Mention: Carter Coughlin, Minnesota

Edge

A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Epenesa is primed for big things in 2019 in an extended role. On limited snaps, he leads the Power-5 in pass-rush win rate over the past two seasons.

Second-Team: Mike Danna, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Joe Gaziano, Northwestern

DI

Raequan Williams, Michigan State

With an elite 90.5 run-defense grade to his credit, Williams' has also recorded 23 QB pressures that include eight sacks and hits.

Second-Team: Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
Honorable Mention: Lorenzo Neal, Purdue

DI

Mike Panasiuk, Michigan State

Getting it done much like his teammate, Panasiuk adds to a formidable run-defense unit for the Spartans.

Second-Team: Robert Landers, Ohio State
Honorable Mention: Michael Dwumfour, Michigan

LB

Joe Bachie, Michigan State

Bachie is a stalwart in run defense for the Spartans. His 82 stops in run defense are the second-most among Power-5 linebackers as he’s recorded 23 tackles for no gain or a loss against the run over the past two seasons.

Second-Team: Markus Bailey, Purdue
Honorable Mention: Jake Hansen, Illinois

LB

Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

No Power-5 linebacker played more snaps than Fisher last year as he finished with the third-highest run-defense grade in that group. He also racked up 49 defensive stops and forced four more fumbles, the latter tying for most among P5 LBs.

Second-Team: Micah Parsons, Penn State
Honorable Mention: Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland

CB

Coney Durr, Minnesota

You may not have heard of him outside of the Minnesota and B1G circles but Durr is on the rise. He allowed only 47 yards after the catch and made two interceptions with four more pass breakups to boot last season.

Second-Team: Josiah Scott, Michigan State
Honorable Mention: Kenneth Major, Purdue

CB

Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State

Castro-Fields didn't give up a touchdown or a pass longer than 39 yards a season ago despite logging 319 snaps in coverage.

Second-Team: Julius Brents, Iowa
Honorable Mention: Chris Williamson, Minnesota

S

Geno Stone, Iowa

Stone got it done in coverage last season, albeit on a smaller sample size, seeing just 11 total targets come his way. Still, he intercepted four of those and broke up two more while allowing just 23 yards into his primary coverage.

Second-Team: Josh Metellus, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Jr Pace, Northwestern

S

Jordan Fuller, Ohio State

With 20 defensive stops to his name, Fuller ranks inside the top 15 among all Power-5 safeties in that regard while also possessing a top-25 coverage grade.

Second-Team: Eric Burrell, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention: Brendon White, Ohio State

Flex

Dicaprio Bootle, Nebraska

Bootle finished third among Power-5 cornerbacks with 15 pass breakups last year and allowed just 50.0% of his total targeted passes to be caught.

Second-Team: Lavert Hill, Michigan
Honorable Mention: Marcelino Ball, Indiana

First-Team Specialists

K

Logan Justus, Indiana

Power-5's second highest-graded kicker, Justus knocked home 83.3% of his field goals last year including all 11 from 39 yards in.

P

Adam Korsak, Rutgers

Unleashing 77 punts a season ago, Korsak averaged 39.6 net yards a kick and pinned his opponents inside the 20-yardline on 25 attempts.

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