Though the 2016 college football season is only four weeks old, Pro Football Focus has named an early All-American team.
On that list are seven Big Ten players from five different schools.
The first listed is Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel. The junior back has 260 yards and two touchdowns on the year to go with 16 receptions for 259 yards and two more touchdowns.
Next is Michigan fullback Khalid Hill, who has four rushing touchdowns on nine carries. Hill is one of the lone true fullbacks still operating in college football and he’s doing so effectively.
At offensive tackle, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk was paired with Texas’ Connor Williams. Ramczyk, a 6-foot-6, 314 pound junior, played two seasons at Wisconsin-Stevens Point before redshirting in 2015 and starting for the Badgers in 2016.
Switching to defense, in the interior of the defensive line, Purdue’s Jake Replogle was named to the team along with Jonathan Allen of Alabama. Replogle has 18 total tackles this season to go with half a sack.
Unsurprisingly at linebacker, the Wolverines’ Jabrill Peppers got the nod alongside Reuben Foster of Alabama and Junior Joseph of UConn. Peppers has about 30 total tackles this year to go with 2.5 sacks. He’s also seen action on offense and has been huge in the punt return game for the Wolverines.
Nebraska’s Chris Jones was then tabbed at cornerback with Houston’s Howard Wilson. Jones has two interceptions this year and has made all of his tackles without missing one.
Finally, Huskers safety Nate Gerry was put on the list along with Marcus Williams of Utah. The senior has two interceptions and has made 26 tackles this year.