Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 All-Big Ten teams announced

Jake Ryan
A few All-Big Ten teams have been announced. As you might expect from a 5-7 team with several players who underperformed, Michigan doesn't have many representatives.

1st team: Jake Ryan, LB
2nd team: Devin Funchess, WR

1st team: Jake Ryan, LB

Jake Ryan, LB

Honorable Mention
Brennen Beyer, DE
Blake Countess, CB
Will Hagerup, P
Raymon Taylor, CB

I am completely behind the selection of #47. During the regular season, Jake Ryan was #2 in the conference in tackles (112) and tackles per game (9.33); he was also #4 in tackles for loss (14.0) and #5 in tackles for loss per game (1.17). He also had 2 sacks, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 quarterback hurries.

I am less convinced by the selection of Devin Funchess. He was #3 in receptions (62), #5 in yardage (733), #24 in yards/catch (11.82), and tied for #12 in touchdowns (4). Congratulations to him, but here's a list of players I would rank above him:

Tony Lippett, Michigan State: 60 catches, 1124 yards, 11 touchdowns
Leonte Carroo, Rutgers: 53 catches, 1043 yards, 10 touchdowns
Kenny Allen, Nebraska: 40 catches, 717 yards, 5 touchdowns
Devin Smith, Ohio State: 26 catches, 662 yards, 8 touchdowns
Michael Thomas, Ohio State: 40 catches, 639 yards, 8 touchdowns
Stefon Diggs, Maryland: 52 catches, 654 yards, 5 touchdowns

As for the guys named Honorable Mention, Blake Countess has no business being on that team. He had a very rough season, made 24 tackles, and broke up 3 passes. No interceptions, no big plays, and he got picked on rather often. Beyer had a decent year (35 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks), but the best defensive lineman on the team was Frank Clark, who may not have been included since he was kicked off the team. Taylor had 0 interceptions and 6 pass breakups; not a terrible season, but nothing special, either. Hagerup averaged 42.9 yards/kick (#3 in the conference) and pinned teams deep fairly often.

The biggest exclusion I see is sophomore cornerback Jourdan Lewis (39 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 6 pass breakups), who was the best player in the secondary for Michigan. I wouldn't have minded seeing junior linebacker Joe Bolden selected for Honorable Mention, either; he ended the year with 102 tackles (#11 in the conference), 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 pass breakup.


  1. this maybe a noob question, but can Clark still get an NFL contract? Is he likely to get one?

    1. Yeah, Clark will get drafted and get a chance in the bigs. You can't stop a guy from trying to earn a living.
      As far as the rest, Funchess and Ryan both will go late rounds, actually that is where Clark will go also. It is a shame that 3 NFL caliber guys couldn't pull this team along to at least a winning record. Damn shame.

    2. Yes, Clark CAN still get an NFL contract. I have doubts about whether he will or not. With the league's stance against domestic violence and all the negative publicity, this might be the worst time in NFL history to be a woman-beater.

  2. In a post on MGoBlog several people tagged Beyer as a 6th/7th round guy in the upcoming draft. I can't see that at all. (I can't see him being drafted, that is.) Anyone care to comment?

    1. I do not see him as draft-worthy. If Ryan Van Bergen can't get drafted, I don't see how Beyer would. At least Van Bergen made plays by getting penetration at times. Virtually all of Beyer's sacks came when the QB held onto the ball too long and Beyer just pushed and pushed and pushed until he got there.