B1G dominates Sports Illustrated's Midseason All-America team
Remember that old narrative that the B1G was just linemen and defense?
Well, Sports Illustrated’s Midseason All-America teams make that narrative look pretty relevant. But it also drove home the new narrative that the B1G is the best conference in the country.
The B1G had 10 first-team representatives, which was the most of any conference. The SEC was second with seven representatives.
There were 13 B1G stars that wound up on one of SI’s two teams. The first team offensive line had four B1G players while the first team defense had five B1G players.
But there were a B1G couple skill players who got some recognition. Jabrill Peppers was the obvious first team All-Purpose selection while J.T. Barrett earned second team honors.
And despite the fact that a few banged-up B1G stars missed games, they still made first team. Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis and Indiana guard Dan Feeney were both recognized as the best at their position at the midway point of season.
Ohio State and Wisconsin were the only teams that had two players represented at the same position. Buckeye offense linemen Billy Price and Pat Elflein were on SI’s first team while Wisconsin linebackers Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt were on first and second team, respectively.
Here’s SI’s entire Midseason All-America roster.
These were the B1G representatives:
G — Billy Price, Ohio State
C — Pat Elflein, Ohio State
G — Dan Feeney, Indiana
T — Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
DL — Malik McDowell, Michigan State
LB — Jack Cichy, Wisconsin
LB — Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
CB — Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
S — Malik Hooker, Ohio State
AP — Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
QB — J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
LB — T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
CB — Desmond King, Iowa