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2007 CFN Preseason All-Big Ten Team

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Posted Jul 16, 2007


CFN 2007 Preseason All-Big Ten Team and Top 30 Players

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2007 Preseason All-Big Ten Offense

Offensive Player of the Year
RB Mike Hart, Michigan

If it's possible to run for 3,967 career yards, 27 touchdowns, and catch 59 passes for 516 yards and two scores for Michigan and still be underrated, Hart has done it. Coming off a sensational 1,562-yard, 14 touchdown season as the steady, consistent force in a BCS run, he tore off nine 100-yard games, with three more with 91 yards or more, before getting shut down by USC. Even though he only ran for 47 yards against the Trojans, he scored twice. Not a home run hitter, the 5-9, 196-pound veteran is a tough between-the-tackles runner who always cranks out positive yards. With 19 career games with 100 yards or more, he's been one of the nation's best running backs, when healthy. No national title caliber team will rely more on one running back than Michigan will, and Hart needs to stay in one piece.

Top 30 Big 10 Players
1. RB Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
2.
LB Dan Connor, Sr. Penn State
3.
LB James Laurinaitis, Jr. Ohio State
4.
RB P.J. Hill, Soph. Wisconsin
5.
CB Jack Ikeguonu, Jr. Wisconsin
6.
CB Malcolm Jenkins, Jr.  Ohio State
7.
WR Mario Manningham, Jr. Michigan
8
. OT Jake Long, Sr. Michigan
9. TE Travis Beckum, Jr. Wisconsin
10.
DE Ken Iwebema, Sr. Iowa
11
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LB J Leman, Sr. Illinois
12.
RB Tyrell Sutton, Jr. Northwestern
13.
OT Alex Boone, Jr. Ohio State
14. WR Dorien Bryant, Sr. Purdue
15.
QB Chad Henne, Sr. Michigan
16.
LB Sean Lee, Jr. Penn State
17.
QB Curtis Painter, Jr. Purdue
18.
OT Kirk Barton, Sr. Ohio State
19.
DE Vernon Gholston, Jr. Ohio State
20.
CB Tracy Porter, Sr. Indiana
21.
CB Justin King, Jr. Penn State
22.
DE Will. VanDeSteeg, Jr. Minnesota
23.
WR James Hardy, Jr. Indiana
24.
SS Anthony Scirrotto, Jr. Penn State
25.
FS Otis Wiley, Jr. Michigan State
26.
WR/PR Derrick Williams, Jr. Penn State
27.
LB Mike Klinkenborg, Sr. Iowa
28.
LB Marcus Freeman, Jr. Ohio State
29.
RB Albert Young, Sr. Iowa
30.
QB Anthony Morelli, Sr. Penn State

QB – Chad Henne, Sr. Michigan
RB – Mike Hart, Sr. Michigan
RB – P.J. Hill, Soph. Wisconsin
WR - Dorien Bryant, Sr. Purdue
WR – Mario Manningham, Jr. Michigan  
TE – Travis Beckum, Jr. Wisconsin
OL - Alex Boone, Jr. Ohio State
OL – Kirk Barton, Sr. Ohio State
OL – Jordan Grimes, Sr. Purdue
OL - Adam Kraus, Sr. Michigan
OL - Jake Long, Sr. Michigan 
PK – Taylor Mehlhaff, Sr. Wisconsin
KR - Marcus Thigpen, Jr. Indiana

2007 Preseason All-Big Ten Defense

Defensive Player of the Year
LB Dan Connor, Penn State
Lose one all-everything middle linebacker, replace him with another. Paul Posluszny was the heart and soul of a terrific defense, and now the torch will be carried by 6-3, 233-pound senior, Dan Connor, who'll move from the outside in. As good as Posluszny might have been, and as great he was over the second half of last year, Connor was better from pillar to post with a more consistent 113-tackle season with five sacks, and nine tackles for loss. He was also the more complete defender than his more heralded running mate with better range and more production in pas coverage. Part of that was because he played on the outside, and part of that is because he's really, really good. Expect another 100+ stop season, and the possibility of hitting the 400 career mark (he'll need 126 to get there).

DL - Vernon Gholston, Sr. Ohio State
DL – Ken Iwebema, Sr. Iowa
DL – Matt Shaughnessy, Jr. Wisconsin
DL – Willie VanDeSteeg, Jr. Minnesota
LB – Dan Connor, Sr. Penn State  
LB - Jim Laurinaitis, Jr. Ohio State 
LB - J Leman, Sr. Illinois
DB - Jack Ikegwuonu, Jr. Wisconsin
DB - Malcolm Jenkins, Soph. Ohio State
DB – Justin King, Jr. Penn State
DB – Tracy Porter, Sr. Indiana
P – Ken DeBauche, Sr. Wisconsin  
PR - Derrick Williams, Jr. Penn State

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB – Curtis Painter, Jr. Purdue
RB – Tyrell Sutton, Jr. Northwestern
RB –  Albert Young, Sr. Iowa
WR -  Deon Butler, Jr. Penn State
WR – James Hardy, Jr. Indiana
TE –  Kellen Davis, Sr. Michigan State
OL –  Marcus Coleman, Sr. Wisconsin
OL -
Trevor Rees, Sr. Northwestern
OL -  Steve Rehring, Jr. Ohio State
OL –  Dylan Thiry, Sr. Northwestern
OL –  Kraig Urbik, Jr. Wisconsin
PK –  Brett Swenson, Soph. Michigan State
KR - Dominic Jones, Jr. Minnesota

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM DEFENSE.
DL - Bryan Mattison, Sr. Iowa
DL – Chris Norwell, Sr. Illinois
DL - Matt Shaughnessy, Jr. Wisconsin
DL - Terrance Taylor, Jr. Michigan

LB – Marcus Freeman, Jr. Ohio State
LB -  Mike Klinkenborg, Sr. Iowa
LB –  Sean Lee, Jr. Penn State  
DB - Jamar Adams, Sr. Michigan
DB - Dominique Barber, Sr. Minnesota
DB - Anthony Scirrotto, Jr. Penn State
DB – Vontae Davis, Soph. Illinois
DB – Otis Wiley, Jr. Michigan State
P – A.J. Trapasso, Soph. Ohio State
PR – Dominic Jones, Jr. Minnesota
 

  

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