Halfway through the college football season, there’s one All-American team that doesn’t look specifically at the stats. Instead, the Pro Football Focus midseason All-American team looks at the grades it gives players.
And defensively, four Big Ten players have great report cards midway through the season.
Iowa cornerback Desmond King, Michigan linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers, Nebraksa safety Nate Gerry and Purdue defensive tackle Jake Replogle were all named to the team, which listed the top-graded players at each position. No offensive Big Ten players were listed, however. The full team can be found here.
PFF touted King as “the top tackling cornerback in the country” and also one of the best pass defenders.
Peppers, meanwhile, was listed as one of the top linebackers, thought the versatile Wolverine plays multiple positions in all three phases of the game. Versatility was the reason Peppers made the team, PFF said, adding he’s best on defense against the run.
Gerry, who has helped Nebraska start 7-0, was pegged as the “top coverage safety” in the nation, and he has four passes defended and two interceptions. Replogle was called “one of the nation’s most underrated players” and one of the best interior lineman at pass rushing.