CHICAGO – Big Ten Media Days are off to a good start for Jonathan Taylor.
He's had national media members singing his praises (Real GM's Jeff Risdon pegged him for player of the year and ESPN's Rece Davis Said his rushing numbers are "putting him in the all-time elite category"), and Thursday morning, he was named to Big Ten Football Preseason Honoree.
According to a release from the Big Ten, "a media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives from the East and West Divisions."
Joining Taylor from the West is A.J. Epenesa (Iowa), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska), Paddy Fisher (Northwestern), and Rondale Moore (Purdue). In the other division, Joe Bachie (Michigan State), Kenny Willekes (Michigan State), J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State), Chase Young (Ohio State), and Yetur Gross-Mato (Penn State) made the cut.
Taylor, along with Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst, Chris Orr, and Tyler Biadasz are set to appear at Media Days in Chicago on Friday, July 19.
Here's more of the official release from the conference:
Michigan State and Ohio State each placed two honorees on the East Division team, with Buckeye junior running back J.K. Dobbins earning Big Ten preseason soccer accolades for the second consecutive season. He is joined on this year's preseason East Division squad by his OSU classmate, defensive end Chase Young, a pair of MSU senior in linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes, with Penn State junior defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos completing the East Division side.
North American junior linebacker Paddy Fisher and Wisconsin junior running back Jonathan Taylor, both of whom garnered Big Ten preseason football honors for the second year in a row. Iowa junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa, Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez and Purdue sophomore wide receiver / return specialist Rondale Moore rounded out this year's West Division honorees.
The 2019 Willekes (The Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year), Moore (the Thompson-Randle) and the Receiver of Richter the Year) and Taylor (The Ameche-Day Running Back of the Year). Taylor was also a unanimous first-team all-American and the Doak Walker Award recipient as the nation's top running back, while Moore was a consensus All-American last season and earned the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player. In addition, Willekes was a second-team All-America selection by three outlets.
Moore, Taylor and Willekes are among seven returning first-team All-Big Ten selections on the Big Ten preseason honors list, joining Bachie, Epenesa, Fisher and Gross-Matos, with Fisher also earning third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press last year.
Other 2018 all-conference honors who appear on this year's list of second-line selections Dobbins and Young, as well as honorable mention choice Martinez.
Six of this year's Big Ten honored preseason – Bachie, Fisher, Martinez, Moore, Taylor and Willekes – are scheduled to attend Big Ten Media Days this week in Chicago.