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Wisconsin receiver working at defensive back this spring

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Looking for a chance to get some more playing time, Wisconsin’s Natrell Jamerson is embracing a chance to play some defense with the Badgers this spring. Jamerson played wide receiver last season but never had a chance to play any real role in the offense. With room to fill on the defensive side of the passing game, Wisconsin has been working Jamerson at defensive back with the first team defense.

“It’s very exciting,” Jamerson said of playing a position he previously played in high school. “I switched positions so I’d get more playing time, so it’s a big deal going in with the ones. And then when I’m not getting in, I’m getting mental reps.”

Wisconsin returns two starters at cornerback in 2015 with Sojourn Shelton and Darius Hillary each back this season. Jamerson can get the extra reps with the first team though and show the ability to add some depth at the position. Wisconsin is currently showing eight cornerbacks on the roster right now. By contrast, the Badgers show 12 wide receivers on the roster (a number that currently includes Jamerson).

Big Ten announces all-conference teams, individual award winners

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The Big Ten championship is five days away, which means it’s time for Jim Delany‘s league to announce its all-conference teams and its bevy of individual awards.

Since the conference’s list of awards winners is longer than an Iowa touchdown drive, let’s get right to it:

– Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

– Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Tony Lippett, Michigan State

– Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

– Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Maxx Williams, Minnesota

– Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Scherff, Iowa

– Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

– Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Mike Hull, Penn State

– Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

– Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brad Craddock, Maryland

– Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Peter Mortell, Minnesota

The conference will announce its offensive, defensive, coach and freshman of the year awards at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN.

The conference also announced its coaches’ and media first and second teams.

First Team Offense (Coaches)
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State
WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C Jack Allen, Michigan State
G Pat Elflein, Ohio State
G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
T Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Brad Craddock, Maryland

Second Team Offense (Coaches)
QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
RB David Cobb, Minnesota
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR Devin Funchess, Michigan
TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C Austin Blythe, Iowa
G Travis Jackson, Michigan State
G Zac Epping, Minnesota
T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
T Taylor Decker, Ohio State
K Sam Ficken, Penn State

First Team Defense (Coaches)
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB Mike Hull, Penn State
LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB Doran Grant, Ohio State
P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Second Team Defense (Coaches)
DL Carl Davis, Iowa
DL Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
DL Maliek Collins, Michigan State
DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State
LB Quinton Alston, Iowa
LB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DB Eric Murray, Minnesota
DB Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB Frankie Williams, Purdue
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Darius Hillary, Wisconsin
P Justin DuVernois, Illinois

First Team Offense (Media)
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State
WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C Jack Allen, Michigan State
G Zac Epping, Minnesota
G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
T Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Brad Craddock, Maryland

Second Team Offense (Media)
QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
RB David Cobb, Minnesota
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR Mikey Dudek, Illinois
WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C Dan Voltz, Wisconsin
G Travis Jackson, Michigan State
G Pat Elflein, Ohio State
T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
T Taylor Decker, Ohio State
K Sam Ficken, Penn State

First Team Defense (Media)
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota
LB Mike Hull, Penn State
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Second Team Defense (Media)
DL Carl Davis, Iowa
DL Drew Ott, Iowa
DL Andre Monroe, Maryland
DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State
LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State
LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin
DB Nate Gerry, Nebraska
DB Nick Van Hoose, Northwestern
DB Dorian Grant, Ohio State
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Justin DuVernois, Illinois