July 2011 Archives

General public tickets for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game went on sale at 10 a.m. ET this morning and were completely sold out within two hours. An additional 15,000 tickets will be made available to each institution once participating teams are determined. The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game will begin at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will be televised by FOX Sports.

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FB: Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon Wrapup

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The 2011 Big Ten Football Media Days wrapped up on Friday afternoon with the 40th Annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon. In front of a full house, master of ceremonies and BTN host Dave Revsine discussed the upcoming season with all 12 head coaches. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the speech given by Michigan State senior Kirk Cousins discussing his experiences as and the responsibilities of a student-athlete which received a standing ovation from the crowd. Be sure to check out MSUSpartans.com to listen to Cousins' speech.

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The Big Ten Conference announced today its inaugural football Players to Watch list, with 12 players earning preseason recognition. Big Ten coaches voted to institute a preseason Players to Watch list beginning this season, honoring five student-athletes each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division. The 2011 list was selected by a media panel and features additional honorees due to a tie.

The complete list of Big Ten football preseason Players to Watch appears below:

LEGENDS DIVISION
Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern

LEADERS DIVISION*
Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana
Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
John Simon, DT, Ohio State
Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
James White, RB, Wisconsin

*Additional honorees due to tie

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Tickets for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. ET. The 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game will begin at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will be televised by FOX Sports. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. The Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

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The Big Ten Conference announced today that BTN and ESPNU will air coverage of the opening session of the 2011 Big Ten Football Media Days on Thursday, July 28. The media days and luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place in Chicago. BTN will present nearly five hours of live coverage of Big Ten football media days on Thursday, airing the press conferences for all 12 coaches, Big Ten supervisor of football officials Bill Carollo, BTN President Mark Silverman and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. ESPNU will also air coverage of the coaches' and Commissioner Delany's press conferences.

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The Big Ten Conference announced today that Dave Revsine, BTN's lead studio host, will serve as emcee for the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, which will be held Friday, July 29, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The 40th annual event will mark the University of Nebraska's first official appearance as a member of the Big Ten Conference and serves as the beginning to the 2011 football season, which will lead in to the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, held Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph session, open to fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon itself begins at 11:30 a.m. CT.

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Seven Big Ten student-athletes highlight the record 132-nominee field for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as announced on Tuesday. The seven nominees tie the Big Ten with the Big 12 and the Big East for the most of any conference. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. To meet the criteria for the award, the student-athletes must be involved in a charity and maintain good academic standing.

The Big Ten players appearing among the 56 FBS nominees are Indiana's Leon Beckum, Iowa's Eric Guthrie, Michigan's Patrick Omameh, Minnesota's Donald Wilhite, Nebraska's Jared Crick, Northwestern's Al Netter and Purdue's Rob Henry.

Four Big Ten student-athletes earned the honor in 2010 as Indiana's Ben Chappell, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Northwestern's Corbin Bryant and Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski each were selected to the 11-player team.

FB: Five Players Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List

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Five Big Ten standouts have been named players to watch for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, given annually to the top player in the country. The 40-player watch list features Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Nebraska's Jared Crick, Northwestern's Dan Persa and Wisconsin's James White. Eighteen Big Ten players have received recognition as the nation's top player since the award's inception in 1937, with Ohio State's Troy Smith earning the conference's most recent honor in 2006.
Twelve more Big Ten players have been added to preseason award watch lists as the groups for the O'Brien Award and Walker Award were announced on Friday. Six players have been tabbed on the watch list for the O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback, while another six earned recognition on the watch list for the Walker Award, which honors the top running back in the country.

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase, Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, Northwestern's Dan Persa and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson represent the Big Ten among the 38 players selected for the O'Brien Award watch list. Four conference players have taken home the award, as Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006), Iowa's Brad Banks (2002), Penn State's Kerry Collins (1994) and Iowa's Chuck Long (1985) each earned national recognition.

The group of 51 players selected for the Walker Award watch list features Illinois' Jason Ford, Iowa's Marcus Coker, Michigan State's Edwin Baker, Minnesota's Duane Bennett and Wisconsin's Montee Ball and James White. Five Big Ten standouts have earned the honor all-time, with Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999) and Ohio State's Eddie George (1995) reeling in the award.
Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker and named in honor of Illinois Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Big Ten players appearing on the watch list are Iowa's Tyler Nielsen, Nebraska's Lavonte David, Penn State's Michael Mauti and the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. The Big Ten has claimed the Butkus Award on eight occasions, most recently when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored in 2007. 

The Big Ten Conference announced today the 36 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, held Friday, July 29, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The 40th annual event will mark the University of Nebraska's first official appearance as a member of the Big Ten Conference and serves as the beginning to the 2011 football season, which will lead in to the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, held Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event features all 12 conference head coaches and begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. CT, with comments from all 12 coaches and returning All-Big Ten quarterback Kirk Cousins of Michigan State, who will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. For more information, and the full list of players, click on this link.

FB: Six Named to Rimington Award Watch List

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Six Big Ten football players were named to the Rimington Award watch list, presented annually to college football's most outstanding center. The conference standouts named to the list include Iowa's James Ferentz, Michigan's David Molk, Nebraska's Mike Caputo, Northwestern's Ben Burkett, Ohio State's Mike Brewster and Wisconsin's Peter Konz.

Four former Big Ten standouts have been honored with the Rimington Award, which was first presented in 2000 and is named after former Nebraska All-American Dave Rimington. Penn State's A.Q. Shipley was the last Big Ten center to win the award following the 2008 season.

FB: Sixteen Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

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Sixteen Big Ten players appeared on the 2011 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, released on Monday. The honor is awarded annually to the nation's best down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

Those named to the watch list are Illinois' Jeff Allen, Iowa's Riley Reiff, Michigan's Mike Martin and David Molk, Michigan State's Joel Foreman and Jerel Worthy, Nebraska's Jared Crick, Lavonte David, and Cameron Meredith, Northwestern's Vince Browne and Ben Burkett, Ohio State's Mike Adams, Mike Brewster and Andrew Sweat, and Wisconsin's Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler.

Seven former Big Ten standouts have combined to win eight Lombardi Awards, with former Ohio State lineman Orlando Pace claiming the honor in 1995 and 1996. Former Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley was the last conference player to garner the postseason accolade, winning the award in 2006.

Four Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. The Big Ten players on the watch list are Michigan State's Trenton Robinson, Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, Northwestern's Brian Peters and Wisconsin's Antonio Fenelus. The Big Ten has claimed the Thorpe Award on five occasions, most recently when Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins was honored following the 2008 campaign.

Twenty-three Big Ten players appear on the 2011 Nagurski and Outland Trophy watch lists, which were announced on Friday. The conference boasts 10 players on the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, given to the top defensive player in the country. Another 13 players appear on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the best interior lineman in the nation. The Big Ten's 13 players on the Outland Trophy watch list leads all conferences.

Highlighting the Nagurski Trophy watch list are Illinois' Akeem Spence, Iowa's Shaun Prater, Michigan's Mike Martin, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy, Nebraska's Jared Crick and Lavonte David, Northwestern's Vince Browne, Ohio State's Nathan Williams, Penn State's Michael Mauti and Purdue's Kawann Short. Three Big Ten players have reeled in the award all-time - Ohio State's James Laurinaitis (2006), Michigan's Charles Woodson (1997) and the trophy's only two-time winner in Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald (1995-96).

Eight offensive and five defensive linemen hailing from Big Ten teams decorate the Outland Trophy watch list. Illinois' Jeff Allen, Iowa's Reilly Reiff, Michigan's David Molk, Michigan State's Joel Foreman, Northwestern's Al Netter, Ohio State's Mike Brewster, Purdue's Ken Plue and Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler represent the conference among the offensive linemen on the list, while Illinois' Spence, Michigan's Martin, Michigan State's Worthy, Nebraska's Crick and Purdue's Short each earned recognition on the defensive side of the ball. Thirteen Big Ten players have earned the award all-time, including the trophy's most recent winner in Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi.
Four Big Ten players have been chosen to the 2011 Groza Award preseason watch list as announced on Thursday. The Groza Award is given annually to the top placekicker in the nation and has honored two Big Ten players since the first award in 1992. Illinois' Derek Dimke, Indiana's Mitch Ewald, Michigan State's Dan Conroy and Wisconsin's Philip Welch highlight the watch list, which features 30 players. Ohio State's Mike Nugent was the last Big Ten kicker to reel in the award, earning the honor in 2004, while Iowa's Nate Kaeding received the accolade in 2002.
Nine Big Ten players are featured on the preseason watch list for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the country. Illinois' A.J. Jenkins, Indiana's Damarlo Belcher, Iowa's Marvin McNutt, Michigan's Roy Roundtree, Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham, Minnesota's Da'Jon McKnight, Northwestern's Jeremy Ebert, Ohio State's DeVier Posey and Penn State's Derek Moye each earned recognition on the 75-player list.

Four Big Ten players have won the award since the inaugural laurel was handed out in 1994. Penn State's Bobby Engram took home the honor in its first year, while Ohio State's Terry Glenn followed in 1995, Michigan State's Charles Rogers won the award in 2002 and Michigan's Braylon Edwards received the trophy in 2004.
Seven Big Ten players have been named to the 2011 Mackey Award preseason watch list as announced on Wednesday. The Mackey Award, handed out annually since the 2000 season, is given to the top tight end in the country. Representing the Big Ten on the watch list are Indiana's Ted Bolser, Michigan's Kevin Koger, Michigan State's Brian Linthicum, Minnesota's Eric Lair, Nebraska's Kyler Reed, Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore and Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner.

The conference has reeled in three Mackey Awards since the accolade's inception. Purdue's Tim Stratton won the inaugural award in 2000, while Iowa's Dallas Clark followed in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth earned the honor in 2006.

With the 2011 season just a few month away, watch lists for national awards are being announced and the Big Ten appears prominently on these lists. Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation's top player, and the Bednarik Award, earned by the country's top defensive standout.

Big Ten players appearing on the watch list for the Maxwell Award are Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, Iowa running back Marcus Coker, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, the Michigan State duo of running back Edwin Baker and quarterback Kirk Cousins, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and the Wisconsin trio of running backs Montee Ball and James White and quarterback Russell Wilson. Big Ten student-athletes have claimed the Maxwell Award on 14 occasions, most recently when Penn State running back Larry Johnson was honored in 2002.

Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list for the Bednarik Award are Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater, Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, the Nebraska trio of defensive tackle Jared Crick, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and Northwestern defensive end Vince Browne. Big Ten players have earned the Bednarik Award seven times since the award was created in 1995, including two-time winners Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern (1995-96) and Paul Posluszny of Penn State (2005-06). Nittany Lions linebacker Dan Connor was the Big Ten's most recent honoree in 2007.