The Big Ten All-Decade Team was unveiled this past week by the Big Ten Network. A panel of 24 voting members from the Big Ten Network, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic and CBS Sports cast votes on who they believe deserved to represent the Big Ten crafting the best team from the conference from 2010-19. A first and second team were named with four Wolverines on the top notch and two in the next tier.
Here is the complete list of the Big Ten All-Decade First-Team:
The Block M appears four times, which is tied with Wisconsin for the second-best represented team on the list. Ohio State led the way with seven selections after a dominant decade in the conference.
The first admission to the All-Decade team was Devin Bush, who had a stellar career at Michigan. Several analyst explained why Bush earned a place on the roster:
"Devin Bush was simply Michigan's best athlete of the previous decade, and I'm including Denard Robinson and a few other greats."— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) June 29, 2020
The voters explain why former @UMichFootball LB Devin Bush (@_Dbush11) made the #BTNAllDecade Team.
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Left tackle Taylor Lewan was the second former Wolverines to find his way on the First-Team All-Decade Team as one of the top lineman in the Big Ten. Some of the members of the panel detailed why they voted for the former first-round pick:
Jim Harbaugh has been known to develop some tight ends in his day (with the likes of Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener) and he added another to his tally with Jake Butt. Lots of praise was heaped on the former Michigan tight end:
"There are very few easy picks on this list. Jake Butt is one of them."@Johnubacon and other panelists tell you why @UMichFootball great @JakeButtTE made the #BTNAllDecade Team.— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) July 1, 2020
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The last Wolverine elected to the First-Team was none other than the Viper himself, Jabrill Peppers. Peppers made the Viper position become a household positional name in college football as his hybrid-like skills made him a Heisman Trophy candidate. Here is what the panel said about the athletic freak:
"Taken as a whole, he was the best complete player, probably, that the Big Ten has seen in the decade."@ByPatForde and other panelists share why @UMichFootball great @JabrillPeppers made the #BTNAllDecade Team as an AP.— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) July 3, 2020
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Let’s move on to the Big Ten All-Decade Second-Team where two more Wolverines make an appearance:
First, we will take a look at the defensive side of the ball where a big man in the middle caused some havoc in his days in Ann Arbor. Big Mo Hurst was a force to be reckoned with as an interior defensive lineman, and the defense still hasn’t quite been the same on the inside since his departure for the NFL. In case you forgot just how dominant he was, here is a highlight tape showing why he deserves a nod on the All-Decade Team:
The sixth and final Michigan man to make these two distinguished lists is none other than ‘Shoelace’ himself, Denard Robinson. Robinson was one of the most electrifying offensive weapons to ever go through Ann Arbor. He is one of the only bright points of an era where Michigan Football fell off the table under Rich Rodriguez and came slightly back into relevance under Brady Hoke. Robinson was a perennial Heisman Trophy candidate and constantly made defenders look silly. Watching ‘Shoelace’ run was always fun to watch:
Is it really a team of the 2010s without @DenardX?— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) July 3, 2020
And that's why the former @UMichFootball star is the #BTNAllDecade 2nd Team All-Purpose Player.
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Sadly, Robinson went in as an All-Purpose Player while Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins earned the Quarterback slot on the Second-Team. Nonetheless. the last Michigan quarterback to beat the Buckeyes deservingly made the cut.
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