The Big Ten landed five players on the Associated Press' All-America Team when the roster was announced Sunday afternoon.
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Carl Nassib was among the selections from the conference, the Nittany Lions' defensive end joined by Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker, Michigan State center Jack Allen, Iowa cornerback Desmond King and Ohio State safety Vonn Bell.
Nassib led the country with 15.5 sacks this season, the former walk-on winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman or linebacker. He finished with 46 tackles, 19.5 of them going for a loss, forcing six fumbles and coming down with an interception.
King was another one of the Big Ten's brightest defensive stars, earning the conference's Defensive Back of the Year award as well as the Jim Thorpe Award as the country's top defensive back. King was second in the country with eight interceptions, and only five players in the FBS had more than his 20 passes defended.
Bell is a representative of an Ohio State defense that was one of the best in the country, particularly when it came to stopping the pass, ranking 12th in the FBS in that department. Bell ranked fourth on the Ohio State defense with 63 tackles, scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns, one on an interception return and another on a fumble return.
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Decker was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was a member of a Buckeyes offensive line that helped Ohio State rank 12th in the country in rushing offense.
Allen was the anchor of an extremely strong Michigan State offensive line that allowed 17 sacks all season and will play for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.
The Big Ten was well represented on the second and third teams, as well.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, Ohio State guard Pat Elflein, Michigan tight end Jake Butt, Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert and Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis were all named to the second team.
Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, Indiana guard Dan Feeney, Iowa center Austin Blythe, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun and Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker were all named to the third team.