UM’s Peppers, MSU’s McDowell earn preseason honors

The Detroit News
Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was one of five players to earn Big Ten preseason honors for the East Division.

Michigan and Michigan State are represented on the Big Ten football preseason honors list released Monday morning in advance of the two-day media days.

Michigan linebacker/defensive back Jabrill Peppers and Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell were two of five players named for the East Division.

Peppers was one of three returning All-Americans and one of eight former All-Big Ten selections to highlight the group of 10 players.

Iowa’s Desmond King (Detroit East English Village), the reigning Big Ten defensive back of the year, headlines the West Division selections.

It was the first Big Ten preseason honors for Peppers, McDowell and King. Peppers and King were both first-team All-Conference picks last year and McDowell was a second-team selection.

The five players the East and West divisions were chosen by a media panel.

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Here’s the full list of preseason honorees:

East Division

Jabrill Peppers, Jr., LB/DB, Michigan

Malik McDowell, Jr., DL, Michigan State

J.T. Barrett, Jr., QB, Ohio State

Raekwon McMillan, Jr., LB, Ohio State

Saquon Barkley, So., RB, Penn State

West Division

C.J. Beathard, Sr., QB, Iowa

Desmond King, Sr., DB, Iowa

Justin Jackson, Jr., RB, Northwestern

Anthony Walker Jr., Jr., LB, Northwestern

Corey Clement, Sr., RB, Wisconsin

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