2012 All-Big Ten Teams include several Wolverines, Spartans

Gregory Shamus

Neither team has an especially successful season, but both the Wolverines and Spartans landed their fair share of players on the Big Ten all-conference squads.

While neither team had a resoundingly successful regular season, both the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans placed several players on this year's Big Ten All-Conference Teams, which were announced by the conference Monday evening.

Giving credit to one of the nation's best defenses, coaches voted three different Michigan State defenders onto the first team -- linebacker Max Bullough and cornerbacks Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard. Running back Le'Veon Bell and punter Mike Sadler also made the first team, plus tight end Dion Sims landed on the second team.

The coaches weren't quite as generous to Michigan, putting just two Wolverines -- offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and offensive guard Patrick Omameh -- on the first team. The defense is represented on the second team by safety Jordan Kovacs and defensive end Craig Roh.

Michigan State's defense didn't fare quite as well with the media, with zero Spartans defenders landing on the media's first team. Bullough, Adams, Dennard, Sadler and defensive end William Gholston all made the second time, but Bell was the only Spartan voted onto the first team by media members.

The Wolverines got a pair of first teamers from the media, Lewan and punter Will Hagerup, but not much else, as linebacker Jake Ryan was the only Michigan player to make the second team.

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