2006 CFN All-Big Ten Team & Top 30 Players

Posted Dec 10, 2006

2006 CFN All-Big Ten Team, Top 30 Players, Top Position Players & Players of the Year.

Big Ten Bests, Worsts, and CFN's Team MVP Choices

Big Ten Player of the Year

Troy Smith, QB Ohio State
Is there any possible debate? This was a great year for individual players in the Big Ten with Michigan's Mike Hart and Wisconsin's P.J. Hill among the nation's best running backs, Michigan's LaMarr Woodley and Alan Branch among the nation's best defensive linemen, Michigan's Leon Hall one of the best corners around, and Wisconsin's Joe Thomas the best offensive tackle in college football. Smith was the best player in the nation this season and was unflappable all throughout the Big Ten campaign.

Defensive Player of the Year - Ohio State DT Quinn Pitcock
While Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley certainly deserved consideration as the top defensive player in the Big Ten, he was held in relative check late in the year while Pitcock was a bit steadier. He wasn't just a rock of a defensive tackle, he was also a strong interior pass rusher. Even though the stats might not be as flashy as Woodley's or Purdue DE Anthony Spencer's, Pitcock was the better player this year.

2006 Collegefootballnews.com All-Big Ten Team
QB - Troy Smith, Sr. Ohio State
RB - Mike Hart, Jr Michigan  
RB - P.J. Hill, RFr. Wisconsin
WR - Dorien Bryant, Jr. Purdue
WR - James Hardy, Jr. Indiana
TE - Matt Spaeth, Sr. Minnesota
OL - Levi Brown, Sr. Penn State
OL - Doug Datish, Sr. Ohio State
OL - Adam Kraus, Jr. Michigan
OL - Jake Long, Jr. Michigan 
OL - Joe Thomas, Sr. Wisconsin
PK - Garrett Rivas, Sr. Michigan
KR - Marcus Thigpen, Soph. Indiana
DL - Alan Branch, Jr. Michigan
DL - Quinn Pitcock, Sr. Ohio State
DL - Anthony Spencer, Sr. Purdue
DL - LaMarr Woodley, Sr. Michigan
LB - David Harris, Sr. Michigan 
LB - J Leman, Jr. Illinois
LB - Paul Posluszny, Sr. Penn St
DB - Leon Hall, Sr. Michigan
DB - Jack Ikegwuonu, Soph. Wisc.   
DB - Malcolm Jenkins, Soph. OSU
DB - Antonio Smith, Sr. Ohio State
P - Brandon Fields, Sr. Michigan St
PR - Derrick Williams, Soph. PSU
Top 30 players regardless of position
Based on the season the player had

1. QB Troy Smith, Sr. Ohio State
2. RB Mike Hart, Jr Michigan 
3. OT Joe Thomas, Sr. Wisconsin
4. DT Quinn Pitcock, Sr. Ohio State
5. RB P.J. Hill, RFr. Wisconsin
6. OT Jake Long, Jr. Michigan 
7. DE LaMarr Woodley, Sr. Michigan
8. CB Leon Hall, Sr. Michigan
9. LB David Harris, Sr. Michigan
10. LB Paul Posluszny, Sr. PSU 
11. DT Alan Branch, Jr. Michigan 
12. DE Anthony Spencer, Sr. Purdue 
13. C Doug Datish, Sr. Ohio State
14. LB J Leman, Jr. Illinois
15. OT Levi Brown, Sr. Penn State 
16. LB Jim Laurinaitis, Soph. OSU
17. RB Antonio Pittman, Jr. OSU 
18. RB Tony Hunt, Sr. Penn State 
19. QB Chad Henne, Jr. Michigan
20. LB Dan Connor, Jr. Penn State
21. LB Mike Klinkenborg, Jr. Iowa.  
22. WR Dorien Bryant, Jr. Purdue
23. WR James Hardy, Jr. Indiana  
24. DE Vernon Gholston, Jr. OSU
25. DE Jay Alford, Sr. Penn State
26. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Ohio State 
27. CB Malcolm Jenkins, Soph. OS
28. QB Curtis Painter, Soph. Purdue
29. QB John Stocco, Sr. Wisconsin 
30. WR Anthony Gonzalez, OSU

Top Quarterbacks
1. Troy Smith, Ohio State
2. Chad Henne, Michigan
3. Curtis Painter, Purdue 
4. John Stocco, Wisconsin 
5. Bryan Cupito, Minnesota 

Top Running Backs
1. Mike Hart, Michigan
2. P.J. Hill, Wisconsin 
3. Antonio Pittman, OSU 
4. Tony Hunt, Penn State 
5. Amir Pinnix, Minnesota

Top Wide Receivers
1. Dorien Bryant, Purdue
2. James Hardy, Indiana 
3. Ted Ginn, Ohio State
4. Anthony Gonzalez, OSU 
5. Logan Payne, Minnesota

Top Offensive Linemen
1. Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
2. Jake Long, Michigan 
3. Doug Datish, Ohio State 
4. Levi Brown, Penn State 
5. Adam Kraus, Michigan 

Top Defensive Linemen
1. Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State
2. LaMarr Woodley, Michigan 
3. Alan Branch, Michigan
4. Anthony Spencer, Purdue 
5. Vernon Gholston, Ohio State

Top Linebackers
1. David Harris, Michigan
2. Paul Posluszny, Penn State
3. J Leman, Illinois 
4. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State 
5. Dan Connor, Penn State 

Top Defensive Backs
1. Leon Hall, Michigan
2. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
3. Antonio Smith, Ohio State 
4. Jack Ikegwuonu, Wisconsin 
5. Roderick Rogers, Wisconsin

Top Kickers
1. P Brandon Fields, Michigan St
2. P Jeremy Kapinos, Penn St
3. P Ken DeBauche, Wisconsin 
4. PK Garrett Rivas, Michigan 
5. P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan 

Big Ten Bests, Worsts, and CFN's Team MVP Choices