Montee Ball, Taylor Martinez Headline 2012 All-Big Ten Team

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IINovember 26, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA;  Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium.  Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The All-Big Ten teams have been released, and the biggest names on the roster are Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez.

These two players will get to add to their impressive campaigns as they will face off in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday. The Big Ten Network released the full rosters for both the first and second teams. Both the coaches and the media each chose separate teams. 

The most glaring difference between the two rosters is at the quarterback position. The media opted to put Ohio State’s Braxton Miller on the first team, whereas the coaches gave that honor to Martinez.

Both were in full agreement on Ball, who has rushed for 1,538 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. His last score gave him the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a career with 79.

Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell was the other running back selected to the first team. 

Penn State’s Michael Mauti headlined the defensive players. He was extremely productive this season with 95 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles, but he was even more important to the Nittany Lions off the field.

The senior provided exceptional leadership throughout the season during a tumultuous time in Happy Valley. He was injured for Penn State’s final game against Wisconsin, and his teammates honored his contribution to the program by putting his No. 42 on the left side of every helmet. 

Now, the Big Ten’s coaches have honored Mauti once again. Here is the full 2012 All-Big Ten team, as chosen by the coaches. 


Player Position School
Taylor Martinez QB Nebraska
Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
Allen Robinson WR Penn State
Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
Matt Stankiewitch C Penn State
Patrick Omameh Michigan
Spencer Long G Nebraska
John Urschel G Penn State
Taylor Lewan T Michigan
Rick Wagner T Wisconsin
Jacob Pedersen TE Wisconsin
Jeff Budzien K Northwestern



Player Position School
Johnathan Hankins DL Ohio State
John Simon DL Ohio State
Jordan Hill DL Penn State
Kawann Short DL Purdue
Max Bullough LB Michigan State
Michael Mauti LB Penn State
Chris Borland LB Wisconsin
Micah Hyde DB Iowa
Johnny Adams DB Michigan State
Darqueze Dennard DB Michigan State
Bradley Roby DB Ohio State
Mike Sadler P Michigan State