1986 All-Big Ten Conference football team

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The 1986 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Three players were unanimously chosen as first-team players by the Associated Press media panel: quarterback Jim Harbaugh, receiver Cris Carter, and linebacker Chris Spielman.[1]

Conference co-champions Michigan and Ohio State led the conference with seven first-team players each. Michigan's first-team selections included Harbaugh, Jumbo Elliott, Mark Messner and Andy Moeller. Ohio State's first-team selections included unanimous choices Carter and Spielman. Iowa followed with four first-team honorees, including running back Rick Bayless.[1]

Offensive selections[edit]


Running backs[edit]



  • Mark Hammerstein, Michigan (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Jeff Uhlenhake, Ohio State (AP-1)
  • Bob Kratch, Iowa (UPI-1)
  • Troy Wolcrow, Minnesota (AP-2)
  • Scott Kehoe, Illinois (AP-2)


Tight ends[edit]

  • Ed Taggert, Ohio State (AP-1)
  • Rich Borresen, Northwestern (AP-2; UPI-1)


Defensive selections[edit]

Linemen-outside linebackers[edit]

  • Jeff Drost, Iowa (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Eric Kumerow, Ohio State (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Van Waiters, Indiana (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Dave Haight, Iowa (AP-1)
  • Mark Messner, Michigan (AP-1)
  • Bob Dirkes, Northwestern (AP-2)
  • John Budde, Michigan State (AP-2)
  • Kevin Holley, Purdue (AP-2)
  • Mark Nichols, Michigan State (AP-2)
  • Darryl Lee, Ohio State (AP-2)


Defensive backs[edit]

  • Nate Odomes, Wisconsin (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Rod Woodson, Purdue (AP-1; UPI-1)
  • Garland Rivers, Michigan (AP-2; UPI-1)
  • Sonny Gordon, Ohio State (AP-1)
  • Leonard Bell, Indiana (AP-2)
  • Alex Green, Indiana (AP-2)

Special teams[edit]




AP = Associated Press, selected by a panel of 17 sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten[1]

UPI = United Press International, selected by the conference coaches[2]

Bold = Consensus first-team selection of both the AP and UPI

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Harbaugh heads All-Big Ten team". The Michigan Daily. November 26, 1986. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Woodson, Waiters Both All-Big Ten". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. November 25, 1986. p. 10.