Wildcats have Four players selected to Big Ten Offensive Team

EVANSTON, Ill. – Four Wildcats on the offensive side of the ball were named to the All-Big Ten Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

True first-year offensive tackle Peter Skoronski and graduate quarterback Peyton Ramsey led the Northwestern selections, with Skoronski earning second team honors by the conference media as well as a third team selection by the conference coaches. Ramsey was a consensus third team selection by both the coaches and media. 

In addition, graduate tight end John Raine and senior wide receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman each earned All-Big Ten honorable mention recognition.

Skoronski has started all seven games for the Wildcats as a true first-year and quickly emerged as one of the top offensive line talents in the nation. Throughout the season, Pro Football Focus has rated Skoronski as the highest-graded true-first year in the Big Ten among all positions. This past week, PFF rated Skoronski the highest-rated offensive lineman in the nation following the Wildcats 28-10 victory over Illinois on December 12. As a unit, the Wildcats offensive line allowed just 1.29 sacks per game, the third fewest in the conference and 21st in the nation. 

Skoronski is the first Northwestern first-year to be named Second Team All-Big Ten since Paddy Fisher did so in 2017. The last NU offensive lineman to receive a First or Second Team All-Big Ten was Zach Strief in 2005.

Ramsey earns his second-straight All-Big Ten recognition after earning an honorable mention nod last season while playing for Indiana. The graduate signal caller has accounted for a team-leading 11 total touchdowns this season, including nine passing touchdowns. Ramsey has eclipsed 200 passing yards in four games this season, bringing his total to 21 games over his career, which leads all active Big Ten quarterbacks. Ramsey is the first Northwestern quarterback to be named to an All-Big Ten team since Clayton Thorson did so as a junior in 2017.

Chiaokhiao-Bowman has had a breakout senior campaign. After tallying 10 catches for 109 yards and no touchdowns in NU’s first three games this season, the senior from Minneapolis, Minn caught fire in the middle of the season, racking up 20 catches, 235 yards and four touchdowns in three games against Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State. His 30 receptions and 344 yards are all career single-season bests. This marks the first-career All-Big Ten honors for Chiaokhiao-Bowman.

In his first season with Northwestern, Raine stepped in and made an immediate impact for the Wildcats at the tight end position. The Miami, Fla. native is tied for fourth on the team with 14 receptions for 122 yards, including a go-ahead receiving touchdown he caught in the ‘Cats’ 21-13 win over Nebraska on Nov. 7.

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