Projecting the 2014 All-B1G Team: Offense

By Jeff Beck on May 23, 2014 at 11:00a
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With the NFL draft squarely in the rear-view, it's time to start discussing the 2014 college football season in earnest. Sure there's a good three months before kickoff, but that doesn't mean we can't prognosticate around these parts. So, I've compiled a list of who I believe to be the front-runners for All-B1G selections at the end of the season. We'll do offense first, followed by defense next week. So, without further adieu I give you: The Eleven Warriors 2014 All-B1G Predictions: Offense.

QB: Braxton Miller – Ohio State

He’s a two time winner of the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year award and the Silver Football, given to the conference’s MVP. With another outstanding season he could become the first three-time recipient of the award. If he stays healthy, you’ve gotta like Miller’s chances to top this list.

RB: Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska

Abdullah was a media and coaches’ all-conference selection last season after leading the B1G in rushing yards with 1,690. The total was the fourth best in school history and the best since Ahman Green in 1997. He’s a beast who will undoubtedly continue to terrorize defenses in 2014.

RB: Melvin Gordon – Wisconsin

Gordon was a Consensus All - B1G selection last season after leading the conference in rushing yards over the first half of 2013. His most impressive game

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Gordon eating South Carolina's lunch.

of the year was his last in which he rushed for 143 yards on 25 carries against Jadeveon Clowney’s Gamecocks. Gordon won’t have to share carries with James White this year which will only give him more opportunity to shine.

WR: Shane Wynn – Indiana

Wynn caught 46 passes for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. His 11 TDs were good enough for second in the conference and tied him for 19th nationally. Hoosier receivers Cody Latimer, Ted Bolser and Kofi Hughes are now gone, leaving Wynn as a huge option for Indiana moving forward. Expect him to cash in on the opportunity.

WR: Stefon Diggs- Maryland

Diggs was an honorable mention All-ACC selection despite missing the final five games of the season due to injury. That should tell you something about Stefon’s abilities. In just seven outings the sophomore racked up 34 catches for 587 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his first three games alone he tallied 387 yards and 3 TDs. If he can stay healthy, Diggs could be one of the conference’s (nation’s ?) best wide receivers.

TE: Devin Funchess - Michigan

Funchess made the media's All-B1G list last season and there's good reason for it. The sophomore tallied 748 receiving yards in 2013, the most all-time by a Wolverine tight end in a single season. With Jeremy Gallon's college days behind him, Funchess looks to be a huge piece of the Michigan aerial attack moving forward. His 2014 season will be a fun one to watch for Wolverine fans.

OL: Jack Allen – Michigan State

Selected as a second-team All – B1G lineman last season, Allen started the last 12

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Jack Allen will be a stud this season.

games at center as a sophomore. He truly shined in the Spartans’ two biggest victories, tallying a team best seven knockdowns vs. Ohio State and was named to ESPN.com’s Big Ten All-Bowl Team for his performance against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

OL: Rob Havenstein - Wisconsin

Named a Second Team All – B1G selection by the coaches in 2013, Havenstein helped anchor a line that saw two rushers eclipse the 1,400 yard mark. Wisconsin always has enormous hog-mollies up front and Havenstein is no exception. The 6’8’’ 327 pound goliath should be a handful for defensive lineman in 2014.

OL: Donovan Smith – Penn State

Smith will be the lone veteran presence on the Nittany Lion offensive line, after the departure of three starters from 2013. The coaching staff will look to build around Smith and there’s good reason. The 6’5’’ 322 pound tackle has been rock-solid since 2012, when he was selected to the ESPN.com B1G All- Freshman team. Look for Donovan to have a strong 2014 en route to an all-conference selection.

OL: Taylor Decker- Ohio State

Decker was part of a stellar Buckeye line that averaged 242 rushing yards per game,

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T. Deck.

good enough for 10th in the country. Named one of the most improved players on the team last season, Decker will have to take on an increased leadership role as the lone returning starter in 2014. I believe he’ll rise to the challenge and more, ultimately earning him a spot on this list.

OL: Brandon Scherff- Iowa

A coaches’ All – B1G selection last season, Scherff started at left tackle in all 13 of the Hawkeyes games in 2013. The 6’5’’ 320 pounder could have gone to the NFL, but passed on pro dollars to come back to Iowa City for his senior year. He’ll anchor a Hawkeye line that might be the best in the conference when it’s all said and done.

K: Michael Geiger - Michigan State

As a freshman, Geiger set a Michigan State season record by connecting on 93.8% of his field goal attempts (good enough for first in the B1G and tied for fourth in all of college football). In fact, Geiger missed just one field goal all season, going 15 of 16 and tallying 81total points (second on the team). To close out 2013, Geiger hit 13 straight field goals, falling just two-short of the school record. Not too shabby for a true freshman. 

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otrain2416's picture

Pretty fair assessment. I believe Funchess is a pure WR now rather than a TE though. Hopefully see Heuerman in that  first team TE spot. 

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kholmes's picture

Agree..Funchess should not be listed as a tight end anymore. Since the last third of last season, he has been exclusively at WR and that is the plan for 2014. That said, many other media sites also mistakenly refer to him as a tight end still these days. I see that even the roster in the Michigan football site still has him listed as TE.

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BroJim's picture

Decker is a man.

I season my simple food with hunger

+3 HS
unknownmusketeer's picture

Did he recently turn 40?

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Decker looks mean... Sh*tchya!!

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HotSauceCommittee's picture

I would be disappointed if we didn't end up with atleast one skill player - Heuerman, Dontre, etc.

Athens BuckCat's picture

If Funchess is a full-time WR now then I think Heurerman has a great shot at the TE slot if we pick up where we left off with him last year in the offense

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Buckman's picture

Brandon Scherff is only 6'5 230?

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

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Jeff Beck's picture

Good catch. Accidentally flipped the 2 and the 3 there. Big difference. Thanks.

bignut2017's picture

I think that instead of ameer at the rb spot I think that msu Langford will take that honor this year. I also think that Jeff huerman will develop this year into a (my bold prediction) Mackey award winner for the nations best tight end. I see him this year having 58 catches for about 700 yards but he will catch 13 tds

November 8

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Michael Geiger...Toledo, Ohio...Ottawa Hills...guy made it, despite playing for a HS team with 14 kids total.

2002osubuck's picture

Actually we had 28 kids on my team at Ottawa Hills haha. Geigers the first div1 football recruit to come out of Ottawa Hills since Jamie Ohara played at Indiana. He was originally committed to BC and MSU offered really late to steal him. Hopefully neurnberger works out because we could've easily offered and got him.

Gametime's picture

QB - Braxton Miller

RB - Ezekiel Elliott

RB - Brionnte Dunn

WR - Dontre Wilson

WR - Mike Thomas

TE - Jeff  Heuerman

OL - Taylor Decker

OL - Pat Eflin

OL - Chad Lindsay

OL - Billy Price

OL - Demetrius Knox

K - "We're stretching - and you're a kicker!"

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

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Crumb's picture

I don't know why exactly, but I think Devin Smith puts on a complete year this season ends up all B1G.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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WhySoSerious's picture

For some reason I'm having the same feeling. Hopefully he doesn't disappoint. He's gonna go off this year..

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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Gametime's picture

I'd love for any of our WR to take that huge leap & become an All-American. That'll take a perfect storm of growth from Braxton and these WRs.

...I too dream in color and in rhyme
So I guess I'm one of a kind in a full house
Cause whenever I open my heart, my soul or my mouth
A touch of God rains out...

WhySoSerious's picture

Yea gametime. Absolutely agree. I wanna see Dontre get few long balls thrown is way.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Hovenaut's picture

That would be awesome.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes