CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois junior offensive lineman Kendrick Green was named an All-Big Ten First Team selection on Tuesday, becoming Illinois’ first offensive player since A.J. Jenkins in 2011 to receive the honor. Five Illini were recognized in the conference’s offensive award release, with running back Chase Brown taking third team honors. The other three are honorable mention picks (Mike Epstein, Doug Kramer, Vederian Lowe).
Green is the first Illinois offensive lineman picked to the first team since Martin O’Donnell in 2007. It’s Green’s second award after an honorable mention season last year. The Peoria native has made 32 consecutive starts and is the second highest rated guard in the Big Ten according to PFF and 16th in the nation (min. 450 snaps).
Brown is the Big Ten’s third team running back after a breakout sophomore season. The Western Michigan transfer is fourth in the league in rushing yards (510) and eighth in yards per carry at 5.5.