Phil Steele has released his All Big Ten selections in advance of his magazine hitting the newsstands and there are some Iowa names mentioned…and one not mentioned which is the biggest head scratcher.
The biggest shocker is that Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg did not make it on any of Steele’s FOUR sets of All Big Ten teams…the quarterbacks who made it:
1st Denard Robinson, Michigan
2nd Braxton Miller, Ohio State
3rd Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
4th Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
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Vandenberg is the leading returning passer in the Big Ten and arguably the best pro prospect in the league right now. Braxton Miller at #2 is 100% about potential and the hope he flourishes under Urban Meyer’s system…but that’s a huge, huge leap from where he was last year to this year. Martinez is a dangerous runner but a poor passer and Robinson is only a little bit better passer than is Martinez. Scheelhaase is a tough kid, but I just don’t see it.
It’s not like a magazine or a column means anything on the field, but this is an incredible sleight or oversight. I am guessing the former as Steele is pretty thorough.
Steele has WR Keenan Davis and DB Micah Hyde on his first team, James Morris on his second team, CJ Fiedorowicz & James Ferentz on this third team with Brandon Scherff and Christian Kirksey on his fourth team.
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It’s the first time I can recall looking at a Steele magazine and not seeing at least one Iowa defensive lineman on his first four teams. We know this is Iowa’s biggest weakness heading into this year and its arguably the most important position to not be weak at in college football.