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1978 All Big Ten Conference football team

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1978 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1978 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The only player unanimously selected by the conference coaches as a first-team player was Michigan fullback Russell Davis. Michigan State flanker Kirk Gibson fell one point short of unanimity, and running back Marion Barber, Jr., fell two points short.



  • Rick Leach, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Ed Smith, Michigan State (AP-2; UPI-2)
  • Running backs

  • Marion Barber, Jr., Minnesota (AP-1; UPI-1 [tailback])
  • Russell Davis, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-1 [fullback])
  • Mike Harkrader, Indiana (AP-2, UPI-2 [tailback])
  • John Macon, Purdue (AP-2; UPI-2 [fullback])
  • Flankers/split ends

  • Kirk Gibson, Michigan State (AP-1 [flanker]; UPI-1 [wingback])
  • Eugene Byrd, Michigan State (AP-1 [wide receiver]; UPI-1 [split end])
  • Brad Reid, Iowa (AP-2 [wide receiver])
  • David Charles, Wisconsin (AP-2 [flanker]; UPI-2 [split end])
  • Ralph Clayton (UPI-2 [wingback])
  • Tight ends

  • Mark Brammer, Michigan State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Doug Marsh, Michigan (AP-2)
  • Jimmy Moore, Ohio State (UPI-2)
  • Centers

  • Mark Heidel, Indiana (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Steve Nauta, Michigan (AP-2; UPI-2)
  • Guards

  • Ken Fritz, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • John Arbeznik, Michigan (AP-2 [tackle]; UPI-1)
  • Greg Bartnick, Michigan (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Dale Schwan, Purdue (AP-2)
  • John LeFeber, Purdue (UPI-2)
  • Tackles

  • Jon Giesler, Michigan (AP-1 [guard]; UPI-1)
  • Jim Hinsley, Michigan State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Joe Robinson, Ohio State (AP-1)
  • Steve McKenzie, Purdue (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Keith Ferguson, Ohio State (UPI-2)
  • Defensive linemen

  • Curtis Greer, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Melvin Land, Michigan State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Ken Loushin, Purdue (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Keena Turner, Purdue (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Kelton Dansler, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-2 [defensive end])
  • Stan Sytsma, Minnesota (AP-2; UPI-1)
  • Marcus Jackson, Purdue (AP-2; UPI-2 [defensive tackle])
  • Jerry Meter, Michigan (AP-2; UPI-2 [defensive end])
  • Dan Relich, Wisconsin (AP-2)
  • Jim Ronan, Minnesota (AP-2)
  • Byron Cato, Ohio State (UPI-2 [defensive tackle])
  • Doug Friberg, Minnesota (UPI-2 [defensive guard])
  • Linebackers

  • Tom Cousineau, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Joe Norman, Indiana (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Ron Simpkins, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-2)
  • Dan Bass, Michigan State (AP-2)
  • Tom Rusk, Iowa (AP-2; UPI-2)
  • John Sullivan, Illinois (AP-2)
  • Defensive backs

  • Mike Jolly, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Tom Graves, Michigan State (AP-1; UPI-2)
  • Vince Skillings, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-2)
  • Keith Brown, Minnesota (UPI-1)
  • Mike Guess, Ohio State (UPI-1)
  • Mike Harden, Michigan (UPI-1)
  • Mark Anderson, Michigan State (AP-2; UPI-2)
  • Dave Abrams, Indiana (AP-2)
  • Pat Geegan, Northwestern (AP-2)
  • Lawrence Johnson, Wisconsin (UPI-2)
  • Placekicker

  • Paul Rogind, Minnesota (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Scott Sovereen, Purdue (AP-2)
  • Greg Willner, Michigan (UPI-2)
  • Punter

  • Ray Stachowicz, Michigan State (AP-2; UPI-1)
  • Tom Orosz, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-2)
  • Key

    UPI = United Press International, selected by the Big Ten Conference coaches


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