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Will Johnson, Mike Sainrstil, Mason Graham named to All-Big Ten First-Team defense

Congrats to all the Wolverines who were honored!

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The Big Ten announced its All-Conference teams for defense and special teams on Tuesday afternoon, and the Michigan Wolverines were well-represented.

Cornerbacks Mike Sainristil (media) and Will Johnson (media/coaches), and defensive tackle Mason Graham (coaches) made the All-Big Ten First-Team defense.

Sainristil had a monster regular season for the Wolverines, racking up 28 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions (two returned for scores), five pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.

Johnson, while missing a couple games at the beginning of the season due to injury, turned in a stellar sophomore season. He put together 20 tackles, one tackle for loss, four pass breakups and three interceptions.

Graham has been a beast in the middle of Michigan’s defense as a true sophomore. This season — with a busted up hand in a few games — he put up 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also put up some monster stats, per Pro Football Focus.

Wolverines who made the All-Big Ten Second-Team defense include linebacker Junior Colson, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and defensive tackle Kenneth Grant. Third-Team selections include linebacker Michael Barrett and safety Rod Moore. Players named as honorable mentions include cornerback Josh Wallace, safety Makari Paige edge Derrick Moore, edge Jaylen Harrell, edge Braiden McGregor and edge Josaiah Stewart.

I think Rod Moore got snubbed a little bit. While missing the first three games of the season and taking a couple more games to acclimate back to full speed, he still had a solid junior year. He compiled 24 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions — including the game-winner against Ohio State — two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry. He is deserving of being named to the Second-Team instead of the Third-Team, in my opinion.

Another snub is Barrett, who has come up with big play after big play this season for Michigan. He’s second on the team in tackles with 45, and also compiled 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He’s an all-around solid player who is also deserving to be higher than the Third-Team.

Finally, it’s a little crazy to think of Harrell as an Honorable Mention. Harrell has been one of the unsung heroes of the defense this season. He leads the team in sacks (6.5) and made a huge play on Kyle McCord last weekend to force the game-winning interception. Harrell also contributed 26 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. There are a lot of solid edges in the Big Ten, but Harrell should be higher.