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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com Big Ten all-freshman team

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Each of the Big Ten's tri-champs received big contributions from freshmen this season, and the roles played by those youngsters is one reason there were tri-champs.

Michigan State and Wisconsin received big-time rushing numbers from freshmen, and one of those -- the Badgers' James White -- is the Rivals.com Big Ten freshman of the year. White, from powerhouse Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, led the league's newcomers with 1,029 rushing yards -- third in the nation among freshman -- and 14 rushing touchdowns. He was an effective complement to Badgers power backs John Clay and Montee Ball.

Michigan State received 592 yards and eight rushing TDs from Le'Veon Bell, like White a true freshman.

Our defensive freshman of the year is Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen, like White a Floridian; Allen is from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland. Allen had three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns (one against Michigan, the other against Michigan State). He also had 73 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and four pass breakups.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to necessarily be position-specific (i.e., guards, tackles, ends, free safeties, etc.) on our all-freshman teams along the lines and in the secondary.

QB Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
Particulars: 6-3/195, redshirt; Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst
RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-2/230, true; Groveport (Ohio) Groveport Madison
RB James White, Wisconsin
Particulars: 5-10/198, true; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-2/185, redshirt; Wautoma (Wis.) High
Particulars: 6-3/196, redshirt; Columbus (Ind.) East
TE Ted Bolser, Indiana
Particulars: 6-6/252, redshirt; Cincinnati Indian Hill
Particulars: 6-8/294, redshirt; Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Particulars: 6-6/288, redshirt; Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School
Particulars: 6-6/288, redshirt; Toledo (Ohio) St. John's
L Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-5/308, true; Cincinnati Anderson
Particulars: 6-7/305, redshirt; Mahtomedi (Minn.) High
L Bruce Gaston, Purdue
Particulars: 6-2/300, true; Chicago St. Rita
L Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-3/335, true; Detroit Southeastern
L Jordan Kohout, Wisconsin
Particulars: 6-3/290, redshirt; Waupun (Wis.) High
Particulars: 6-1/305, redshirt; Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) High
LB Will Lucas, Purdue
Particulars: 5-11/226, true; Lakeland (Fla.) High
Particulars: 6-2/215, true; Solon (Iowa) High
DB Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Particulars: 5-9/175, true; Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
DB Christian Bryant, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-9/178, true; Cleveland Glenville
DB Cameron Gordon, Michigan
Particulars: 6-3/207, redshirt; Detroit Inkster
DB Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
Particulars: 5-11/191, true; Indianapolis Ben Davis
DB James Manuel, Minnesota
Particulars: 6-2/210, true; Indianapolis Warren Central
K Mitch Ewald, Indiana
Particulars: 5-10/17, redshirt; Naperville (Ill.) Waubonsie Valley
P Cody Webster, Purdue
Particulars: 6-2/201, true; Harrisburg (Pa.) Central Dauphin East
KR Jaamal Berry, Ohio State
Particulars: 5-10/200, redshirt; Miami Palmetto
Particulars: 5-8/170, true; Houston St. Pius X

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