ESPN released its college football midseason All-America team Monday morning, and three Big Ten players made the cut: Penn State running back Saquan Barkley, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and Wisconsin tackle David Edwards.
College football writer Adam Rittenberg called Barkley “the nation’s best player” halfway through the season and said he’s getting “the Heisman love he deserves.” The Nittany Lions junior standout is second in the country with 1,318 all-purpose yards through 6 games. Against Iowa on Sept. 23. Barkley had 357 yards on 43 touches in primetime.
“From running to receiving to returning to pass blocking,” Rittenberg said, “Barkley does it all.”
Edwards, meanwhile, has morphed into a standout offensive lineman for Wisconsin. He’s helped the Badgers rush for more than 230 yards in four of their first five games.
“After starting seven games as a freshman, Edwards is well on his way to becoming a premier lineman in college football,” Rittenberg said.
On the defense side of the ball, Jewell ranked second in Big Ten in tackles last season and has had similar success this year. He currently leads the conference with 70 total tackles, and “reached 60 tackles on the season faster than any Big Ten player reached 40.”
“He not only raids opposing backfields but also stands out in pass coverage,” Rittenberg wrote.
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