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The 2019 All-Empire Special Teams Unit: Big Ten Football’s Best

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Iowa v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

There’s offense.

There’s defense.

Neither of these things are special.

All-Empire Third Team: Special Teams

Punter: Will Hart, Michigan Wolverines
Also Receiving Votes: Haydon Whitehead, Indiana Hoosiers; Blake Gillikin, Penn State Nittany Lions; Michael Sleep-Dalton, Iowa Hawkeyes

Kicker: Blake Haubeil, Ohio State Buckeyes
Also Receiving Votes: Matt Coghlin, Michigan State Spartans; James McCourt, Illinois Fighting Illini; J.D. Dellinger, Purdue Boilermakers; Zach Hintze, Wisconsin Badgers

Long Snapper: Adam Bay, Wisconsin
Also Receiving Votes: Liam McCullough, Ohio State; Camaron Cheeseman, Michigan; Tyler Gillikin, Northwestern Wildcats;

Holder: Blake Hayes, Illinois

Kick Returner: (T) Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa / Dre Brown, Illinois
Also Receiving Votes: Giles Jackson, Michigan; David Ellis, Indiana

Punt Returner: KJ Hamler, Penn State
Also Receiving Votes: DJ Turner, Maryland Terrapins; Riley Lees, Northwestern; Jordan Holmes, Illinois

All-Empire Second Team: Special Teams

Punter: Adam Korsak, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Kicker: Logan Justus, Indiana

Long Snapper: Ethan Tabel, Illinois

Holder: Cole Murphy, Rutgers

Kick Returner: Aron Cruickshank, Wisconsin

Punt Returner: Jack Dunn, Wisconsin

All-Empire First Team: Special Teams

Punter: Blake Hayes, Illinois

Kicker: Keith Duncan, Iowa

Long Snapper: Jacob Limbach, Indiana

Holder: Casey O’Brien, Minnesota Golden Gophers

Kick Returner: Javon Leake, Maryland

Punt Returner: JD Spielman, Nebraska Cornhuskers