With the 2017 college football regular season in the rearview mirror and bowl games still a few weeks away, we’ve reached peak awards season. What would this time of year be without naming the All-American Team?
On Thursday morning, Sports Illustrated released its First-Team All-American list, highlighting the top performers of the 2017 season. Five B1G players were mentioned on this list, two offensive, two defensive and one all-purpose.
Here were the five B1G players to earn First-Team recognition:
- Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin OL
- Billy Price, Ohio State OL
- Josey Jewell, Iowa LB
- Josh Jackson, Iowa CB
- Saquon Barkley, Penn State AP
As odd as it may seem, Iowa had more First-Team selections than any other B1G team on this list.
Obviously there is some room for debate with the selections. Most would probably tab Saquon Barkley as a First-Team running back, and players like Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or Michigan’s Maurice Hurst could make an argument along the defensive line.
Sports Illustrated also went on to select a Second-Team, which included a handful of B1G selections. You can view the full list for both First-Team and Second-Team All-American selections here.