Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 All-Big Ten teams announced

Taylor Lewan is First Team All-Big Ten
The All-Big Ten teams were announced on the Big Ten Network this evening, and there were some . . . interesting decisions.  Here are the Michigan players on the teams:

FIRST TEAM (Coaches):
Patrick Omameh, OG - 12 starts
Taylor Lewan, OT - 12 starts

SECOND TEAM (Coaches):
Craig Roh, DE - 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks
Jordan Kovacs, S - 65 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble

J.T. Floyd, CB - 48 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 5 pass breakups
Jeremy Gallon, WR - 40 catches, 684 yards, 2 touchdowns; 11 carries, 67 yards; 12 punt returns, 66 yards
Brendan Gibbons, K - 14/16 field goals, long of 52; 44/44 extra points
Will Hagerup, P - 33 punts, 1486 yards, 45.0 yards/punt
Roy Roundtree, WR - 28 catches, 553 yards, 3 touchdowns
Jake Ryan, LB - 84 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles

Taylor Lewan, OT
Will Hagerup, P

Jake Ryan, LB

William Campbell, DT - 44 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack
J.T. Floyd, CB
Devin Funchess, TE - 14 catches, 230 yards, 5 touchdowns
Jeremy Gallon, WR
Brendan Gibbons, K
Jordan Kovacs, S
Patrick Omameh, OG
Denard Robinson, QB - 89/166 (53.6%), 1319 yards, 9 touchdowns, 9 interceptions; 154 carries, 1166 yards, 7 touchdowns
Craig Roh, DE
Roy Roundtree, WR

I'm not too upset with these picks, because nobody on Michigan's team really had an outstanding season.  The only choice (or non-choice) that bugs me a bit is the lack of Jake Ryan on the coaches' team; Ryan should have been selected ahead of Nebraska linebacker Will Compton for second team honors.  But then again, the selection of Patrick Omameh to the first team on the coaches' team means you win some, you lose some.

Based on his last couple seasons, the absence of Denard Robinson from these lists is almost shocking.  He is one of the most exciting players in the entire country, but he missed too much time due to injury and threw the ball poorly in the first half of the year.  I can't argue that he deserves to be any higher, but I have to admit his performance was a little bit of a letdown after being in the Heisman discussion at various points throughout the past three years.  I hoped for better, and yet, he is what he's always been - an excellent runner and a poor passer.


  1. The media list is good. Coaches list, kind of like the coaches poll, makes you think they don't have much time to watch football. Denard not even getting honorable mention from them? Yeah. Jake Ryan Media 2nd team makes sense with the year Mauti, Taylor, and Shazier had. Hagerup and Lewan I can see on the 1st team. Ghoulston is the only Media pick I scratch my head on. He's okay, but I can think of 4 other Ends who had a better year pretty easily. Surprised Cameron Meredith didn't even merit an honorable mention on either list.

    1. I don't think it's like the coaches poll. Coaches scout their opponents (within the conference) extensively. There is some limitation there, since the coaches won't track players they faced early in the season for long, and there are teams the coaches don't play, but it's not like the national poll where the coaches pay little to no attention to games outside of their conference.

    2. Yeah, I sort of agree with Lanko here. When the Big Ten coaches scouted Michigan, even the early conference opponents were looking at film from last year or from Alabama, Air Force, UMass, etc. They knew that they had to prepare for Roh, Ryan, Kovacs, Robinson, etc. And when they scout other Big Ten opponents, they're watching Nebraska against U of M, MSU against U of M, etc. So I think the coaches have a pretty good grasp on who's good and who's not.

      I figure it's probably pretty similar to high school. The coaches get together and pick all-league players, and we remember another team's stud running back, quick kick returner, thumping middle linebacker, etc. I might not remember their names, but I remember #9 or #14 or whoever. And these coaches probably know a large chunk of the opposing players because they were recruiting the same kids a couple years ago coming out of high school.

  2. What about Micah Hyde? His stats didn't seem all that impressive, but the limited action I saw him in, he did seem to be a prospective NFL DB. Thoughts there?

    1. I think Hyde is pretty good, and he's probably deserving of First Team. I don't think teams threw at him much because of his reputation, but I definitely think he has a good chance of finding a home in the NFL. He's got good ball skills and good size.

  3. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that we had (according to these) two of the five best OL in the conference. I'm happy for Omameh but that one really surprises me.

  4. I think the weakness on the line lays more with Barnum and Mealer then anyone.

    1. Or the scheme that stubbornly refuses to play to their strengths...