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Big Ten Dream Team

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Big Ten Dream Team

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Every Big Ten team has now either started conference play or is getting ready to do so this Saturday. A few players have established themselves through the first five games of the season as deserving of being starters on an all-star team, if the Big Ten had one.

These players were selected not only for their statistics, but also for what can't be seen on a stat sheet. The negative plays that they haven't made are just as much a big part of what makes them part of a Big Ten dream team.

This is what all Big Ten programs try to accomplish when they go recruiting. They all try to take the talent available and put the best of it together to create an unstoppable force. These players have not only shown the talent, but made good on it with their performances.

Other players may emerge with similar numbers as the Big Ten season continues, but don’t expect these five players to fade away. They’ve competed against some of the best the Pac-12 and MAC have to offer and stood out from the crowd.

Some of these players are seniors and juniors as well, so it might be worthwhile to take note of them now. Your favorite NFL team may be drafting them come April.

Look for these players to continue to produce well for their teams throughout the Big Ten season, and don't be surprised if you see one or more of them playing for a conference championship in Indianapolis.

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Nathan Scheelhaase

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Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has totaled 1,193 total yards and 13 touchdowns so far in 2013.

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Melvin Gordon

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Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon has racked up 698 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

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Jared Abbrederis

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Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has 572 yards and four touchdowns receiving.

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Ted Bolser

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Indiana tight end Ted Bolser has 14 catches for 156 yards and four touchdowns this season.

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Jeff Budzien

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Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien is 21 of 21 in PATs and 6-of-8 in field goals on the season.