Badgers RB Taylor named to preseason all-Big Ten team

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Michigan State and Ohio State each placed two players on the preseason all-Big Ten team announced Thursday.

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Junior running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young were the Buckeyes and linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes, two seniors, were named for the Spartans. Penn State junior defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos was the fifth player on the East Division team.

The West list included Northwestern junior linebacker Paddy Fisher, Wisconsin junior running back Jonathan Taylor, Iowa junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa, Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez and Purdue sophomore wide receiver/return specialist Rondale Moore.

Taylor was named to last year’s team as well. He’s coming off a sophomore season in which he ran for 2,194 yards, most in the nation, and was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award.

A media panel selected the 10-member list, which included six defensive players.