Two Big Ten players have been tabbed semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, while one Big Ten standout has been named among the semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore and Wisconsin's Jacob Pederson are among the eight semifinalists for the Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the country, while Illinois' A.J. Jenkins is one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which honors the top receiver in the nation.
Three Big Ten players have won the Mackey Award since its inception in 2000. Purdue's Tim Stratton earned the first honor in 2000, while Iowa's Dallas Clark received the award in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth took the honor in 2006.
Four Big Ten players have taken home the Biletnikoff Award. Penn State's Bobby Engram won the first award in 1994, while Ohio State's Terry Glenn won it a year later in 1995. Michigan State's Charles Rogers earned the honor in 2002, while Michigan's Braylon Edwards received top billing in 2004.
Finalists for both awards will be announced on Nov. 21, while the winners will be annouced on Dec. 8.