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Michigan State football LB Joe Bachie, DE Kenny Willekes get preseason Big Ten honors

CHICAGO — Michigan State football seniors Joe Bachie and Kenny Willekes were among 10 players to receive preseason Big Ten honors Thursday.

Linebacker Bachie and defensive end Willekes got Big Ten East recognition along with Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive end Chase Young.

No Michigan players were on the list.

Willekes was the Big Ten’s defensive lineman of the year and a second-team All-American in 2018, while Bachie joined him on the coaches’ All-Big Ten first team.

In the Big Ten West, Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Iowa defensive end A.