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Four Big Ten women's soccer players were selected in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League College Draft, including three in the first round. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan's Nkem Ezurike, Nebraska's Jordan Jackson and Penn State's Maya Hayes will all continue their careers professionally.

DiBernardo was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 4 overall pick, becoming the highest drafted member of the Fighting Illini in school history. A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, DiBernardo scored seven goals and tallied a career-high seven assists during her senior campaign, helping Illinois reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Ezurike was selected eighth overall by the Boston Breakers. She is the Wolverines' all-time leader in goals (49) and points (118). The first-team All-Big Ten selection scored 15 goals and issued 10 assists during her senior year, helping Michigan advance to the Elite Eight. Ezurike also became the first player in program history to receive an NSCAA All-America first team honor.

Jackson was selected by the Houston Dash with the No. 28 overall pick in the NWSL draft. The 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year collected 30 points last season, including nine goals and a conference-best 12 assists. She also earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors and helped the Cornhuskers win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.

Hayes was drafted sixth overall by Sky Blue FC. A three-time NSCAA All-American, Hayes scored a team-high 19 goals and collected six assists last season. She was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American honoree and earned back-to-back Big Ten Forward of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.


 

Indiana's Thompson Named to Soccer America All-Freshman Team

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Indiana's Tommy Thompson was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the organization announced Wednesday. Thompson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, collected 13 points during his debut season, scoring five goals and recording three assists. He led the Hoosiers in shots (56) and helped Indiana win its 12th Big Ten Tournament title.

For the complete Soccer America All-Freshman teams, click here.

Two Big Ten Student-Athletes Earn Soccer America MVP Honors

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Soccer America announced its 2013 Men's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Wisconsin's AJ Cochran and Michigan State's Kevin Cope earning honors. Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the first team after leading a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cope was named to the second team after contributing to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17). He scored two goals and collected two assists in helping lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

2013 Men's MVPs
First Team
AJ Cochran, Wisconsin

Second Team
Kevin Cope, Michigan State

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 19 - Divisional Playoff Round

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one tackles, one pass deflection and 0.5 sacks in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 52 yards in Denver's 24-17 victory over San Diego

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in the 49ers' 23-10 win over the Panthers

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 198 yards on 13-of-25 passing and no interceptions in the Patriots' 43-22 defeat of the Colts

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 309 yards on 24-of-43 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Notched two tackles, two interceptions and four pass deflections in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Tallied 104 yards on four catches, including a long of 59 yards, in the Panthers' 23-10 loss to the 49ers

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Posted five tackles, including one for loss, in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including four solo and one for loss, in San Diego's 24-17 loss to Denver

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in three catches for 30 yards in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Panthers

Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles in Carolina's 23-10 loss to San Francisco

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted two solo tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in San Francisco's 23-10 defeat of Carolina

Three Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the Soccer America All-Freshman teams, the organization announced Wednesday.

Nebraska's Jaycie Johnson was named to the first team after collecting 36 points during the season, including 17 goals and two assists. She was also named to the All-Big Ten second team after helping the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title.

Rose Lavelle of Wisconsin earned a first-team nod after scoring six goals and tallying seven assists. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 record.

Michigan's Madisson Lewis finished the season with six goals and nine assists, earning a spot on the All-Freshman team. Lewis helped the Wolverines reach the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finish with an 18-4-1 mark.

Soccer America announced its 2013 Women's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Michigan's Nkem Ezurike and Nebraska's Ari Romero earning the honors. Ezurike ranked third in the Big Ten with 38 points, including a team-high 14 goals and 10 assists, and was named to the All-Big Ten first team. The Wolverines advanced to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finished with an 18-4-1 record. Romero started all 23 games and helped the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title. She was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

2013 Women's MVPs
First Team
Nkem Ezurike, Michigan

Second Team
Ari Romero, Nebraska

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 18 - Wildcard Weekend

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, all solo, and a forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-20 victory over Green Bay

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 250 yards on 20-of-30 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 26-24 win over the Eagles

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa)
- Tallied five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers 


Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled four solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in Philadelphia's 26-24 loss to New Orleans

Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Notched three tackles and one sack in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Saints

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Chargers' 27-10 victory over the Bengals

Ryan Pickett, DT, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Registered five tackles, including four solo, in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers  

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Season In Review

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Big Ten volleyball saw a record-setting 2013 season come to a close at the NCAA Championships in Seattle as Penn State and Wisconsin participated in the championship match, the first time two Big Ten teams faced off in the national final. The Nittany Lions won their fifth national title in the last seven years and sixth overall, tying Stanford for the most in NCAA history.

NCAA Bound:
The Big Ten sent a conference record-tying eight teams to the NCAA Championship, with five earning top-16 seeds. Big Ten Champion Penn State entered the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 8 Nebraska, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Illinois each earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue also received bids to the tournament. Big Ten teams compiled a 23-7 record in this year's tournament, breaking the all-time win total for the conference of 19 set in 2010 and 2012. Additionally, seven Big Ten squads advanced to the Sweet 16, the most by any conference in tournament history.  For a look back at the entire NCAA Championship, visit the Championship Central page HERE.

Nationally Noticed:
Thirteen Big Ten volleyball players were selected as AVCA Division I All-Americans, the most of any conference, with four players earning first-team status. Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson, and Penn State's Micha Hancock and Ariel Scott earned first-team honors, while Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman, Penn State's Deja McClendon and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini were named to the second team. Illinois' Jocelynn Birks, Michigan State's Kori Moster, Nebraska's Kadie Rolfzen, Penn State's Katie Slay and Purdue's Val Nichol earned third-team honors. Thirteen others received honorable mention recognition -- Illinois' Jennifer Beltran, Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller and Molly Toon, Michigan State's Alexis Mathews, Minnesota's Adrianna Nora, Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty and Mary Pollmiller, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus, Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary, Penn State's Nia Grant, Purdue's KiKi Jones and Wisconsin's Ellen Chapman. For the complete release, click HERE.

Off The Court Honors: Seniors Kristen Kelsay of Michigan State and Katie Slay of Penn State earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, with Slay being named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Dec. 12. Slay, a communications sciences and disorders major was a first-team selection, while Kelsay, a psychology major, was named to the third team. The pair of Academic All-Americans marks the third consecutive year that two conference standouts have earned the accolade. Additionally, Penn State's Maddie Harding was the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award, given to the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. For more on Academic All-America honors, click HERE. For the Elite 89 Award, click HERE.

Head of the CLASS: Penn State right side hitter, Ariel Scott was selected as the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Two other Big Ten student-athletes earned Senior Class Award recognition, as Michigan's Jennifer Cross and Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski were named to the award's second team. For more on the Senior CLASS Award, click HERE.

Coach 'Em Up: In his 35th season at the helm of the Penn State women's volleyball team, head coach Russ Rose was selected as the 2013 AVCA Division I Coach of the Year. The award is the fifth time Rose has been honored as the national coach of the year during his tenure at Penn State, having earned the award in 1990, 1997, 2007 and 2008. Rose guided the 2013 squad to its fifth national title in the last seven years and a 34-2 overall record, ending the season on a 25-match win streak. In conference play the Nittany Lions posted a 19-1 mark, good for PSU's 16th Big Ten Championship in program history. Rose picked up both Big Ten and AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors this year. For more on Coach Rose's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Big Ten volleyball standouts collected numerous AVCA Division I Regional Awards on Tuesday, with 31 players earning All-Region honors. In their respective regions, head coaches Hugh McCutcheon of Minnesota (North) and Russ Rose of Penn State (Northeast) took home Coach of the Year accolades, while Nebraska's Kadie Rolfzen (North) and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini (Northeast) won Freshman of the Year awards. Big Ten student-athletes made up the entire North Region team and included Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller and Molly Toon, Michigan State's Alexis Mathews, Kori Moster and Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Tori Dixon, Adrianna Nora and Ashley Wittman, Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty, Mary Pollmiller, Kelsey Robinson and Kadie Rolfzen and Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus. Northeast Region honorees were Illinois' Jennifer Beltran and Jocelynn Birks, Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary, Penn State's Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, Purdue's KiKi Jones and Val Nichol and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini and Ellen Chapman. The Illini's Liz McMahon, Huskers' Cecilia Hall, Wildcats' Caleigh Ryan and Boilermakers' Carly Cramer and Catherine Rebarchak earned honorable mention recognition. For more on the regional award winners, click HERE.

Familiar Big Ten Title Territory: With a 3-0 win over Ohio State in the final week of the regular season, Penn State earned the outright 2013 Big Ten Volleyball Championship. The crown marked the 10th in the last 11 years and 16th overall for the Nittany Lions. Penn State ended the regular season with a 19-1 record in Big Ten play and 28-2 overall mark and earned the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. Click HERE for more on Penn State's Big Ten Championship.

Taking Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Dec. 3, with student-athletes from four schools earning recognition following the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. Nebraska's Kelsey Robinson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, while Michigan State's Kori Moster and Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini were tabbed Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Penn State's Micha Hancock earned Setter of the Year honors, while Nittany Lion head coach Russ Rose was tabbed Coach of the Year by Big Ten coaches and media. For the full All-Big Ten teams, click HERE.

And The Academic Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 75 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including volleyball players Maggie Halloran of Michigan State, Maggie Harding of Penn State and Faye Adelaja of Purdue. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click HERE.

Where We Rank: Eight Big Ten volleyball teams were ranked or receiving votes in the final AVCA Division I Coaches poll of the 2013 season, which was released on Dec. 23. The conference boasted the nation's top two teams and five squads in the top 10. NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State led the way at No. 1 and national runner-up Wisconsin was ranked No. 2. Nebraska checked in at No. 7, followed by No. 8 Purdue, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 16 Illinois. Michigan was receiving votes. For the complete poll, click HERE.

Statistically Speaking: Numerous Big Ten standouts appeared among the top 25 of the final NCAA statistical leaders of 2013, including five in the top 10. Penn State's Micha Hancock was second in the nation in aces per set, while teammate Katie Slay was third in blocks per set. Ohio State's Kaitlyn Leary ranked fourth in kills per set. In points per set, Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski was ninth, while Leary was 10th. For the complete statistical breakdowns, click HERE.

Former Big Ten Players Set to Compete in NFL Playoffs

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With the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, 90 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appear on the active rosters of the playoff teams. The Big Ten has at least four players on each playoff roster and every Big Ten school is represented, including nine schools with five or more standouts taking the field during the postseason.

Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with 14 former student-athletes taking the field, while Illinois has 13 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa and Penn State are tied for third in the conference with 11 standouts each. Wisconsin will be represented by 10 student-athletes, while Michigan has nine players on playoff rosters.

Green Bay leads all playoff squads with 10 former Big Ten standouts on the active roster, including three each from the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes. Carolina, Cincinnati, New England and Philadelphia feature nine Big Ten players, while San Diego has eight.

Five Big Ten student-athletes on postseason teams were also selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, including quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England-Michigan), Drew Brees (New Orleans-Purdue) and Russell Wilson (Seattle-Wisconsin) and linebackers NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco-Penn State) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City-Penn State).

The full list of former Big Ten student-athletes on NFL playoff rosters is below:

Carolina Panthers
Colin Cole, Iowa
Charles Godfrey, Iowa
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Ted Ginn, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, Ohio State
Dan Connor, Penn State
Michael Zordich, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin

Cincinnati Bengals
Larry Black, Indiana
Leon Hall, Michigan
Kyle Cook, Michigan State
Domata Peko, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Devon Still, Penn State
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos
Kevin Vickerson, Michigan State
Eric Decker, Minnesota
Steward Bradley, Nebraska
Shaun Phillips, Purdue
Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Green Bay Packers
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Mike Daniels, Iowa
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Mike Neal, Purdue
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

Indianapolis Colts
Vontae Davis, Illinois
Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Pat Angerer, Iowa
Dan Herron, Ohio State

Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Allen, Illinois
Jon Asamoah, Illinois
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Ricky Henry, Nebraska
Tamba Hali, Penn State

New England Patriots
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Justin Green, Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Markus Zusevics, Iowa
Tom Brady, Michigan
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Nate Ebner, Ohio State
Rob Ninkovich, Purdue

New Orleans Saints
Glenn Foster, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, Illinois
Zach Strief, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Will Smith, Ohio State
Drew Brees, Purdue
Nick Toon, Wisconsin

Philadelphia Eagles
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Bradley Fletcher, Iowa
Matt Tobin, Iowa
Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
Jason Avant, Michigan
Brandon Graham, Michigan
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Dennis Kelly, Purdue

San Diego Chargers
Corey Liuget, Illinois
Jonas Mouton, Michigan
Stephen Schilling, Michigan
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
Nick Hardwick, Purdue
Jake Byrne, Wisconsin
Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin

San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan
Mario Manningham, Michigan
Garrett Celek, Michigan State
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, Penn State
Nathan Stupar, Penn State

Seattle Seahawks
Kellen Davis, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Michael Robinson, Penn State
Cliff Avril, Purdue
Chris Maragos, Wisconsin
O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

 

 

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Collected five tackles and two pass deflections in the Giants' 20-6 defeat of the Redskins

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 45 yards in Philadelphia's 24-22 win over Dallas

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 10 times for 72 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in Denver's 34-14 win over Oakland

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' 20-7 defeat of the Browns

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-20 win over the Cardinals

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) - Reeled in six solo tackles in the Bears' 33-28 loss to Green Bay

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Completed 14-of-24 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 381 yards on 24-of-31 passing and four touchdowns in the Saints' 42-17 win over the Buccaneers

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught four passes for 27 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 34-14 win over Oakland

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Illinois) - Caught three passes for 67 yards, including a long of 48 yards, in the Chiefs' 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (Iowa) - Caught three passes for 55 yards in Buffalo's 34-20 loss to the Patriots

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Reeled in eight tackles, including seven solo, in Oakland's 34-14 loss to the Broncos

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, and one sack in Tampa Bay's 42-17 loss to New Orleans

Barry Cofield, NT, Washington Redskins (Northwestern) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in Washington's 20-6 loss to the Giants

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Registered seven tackles in the Buccaneers' 42-17 loss to the Saints

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Collected five solo tackles and one pass deflection in New England's 34-20 win over the Bills

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, in the Eagles' 24-22 win over the Cowboys

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Recorded two receptions and one touchdown in Carolina's 21-20 win over the Falcons

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Made five tackles in Minnesota's 14-13 defeat of the Lions

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Collected five tackles, including four solo, in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in five receptions for 45 yards in Kansas City's 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 331 yards on 30-of-51 passing and one touchdown in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to the Colts

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 41 yards in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 54 yards in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Made four tackles and recorded one sack in San Diego's 27-24 win over the Chiefs

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Collected seven tackles and one pass deflection in the Lions' 14-13 loss to Minnesota

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Carried the ball 10 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in the Cardinals' 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 33-28 win over the Bears

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Reeled in five tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Kyle Orton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Threw for 358 yards on 30-of-46 passing and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 24-22 loss to the Eagles

Domata Peko, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan State) - Collected eight tackles in Cincinnati's 34-17 win over the Ravens

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles and one pass deflection in the Titans' 16-10 win over the Texans

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with nine tackles, including six solo, in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to Indianapolis

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Completed 21-of-38 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Collected six tackles in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois) - Carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 42-17 win over Tampa Bay

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Recorded nine solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Texans' 16-10 loss to Tennessee

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw 15-of-23 passing for 172 yards and one touchdown in Seattle's 27-9 win over the Rams

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, and one sack in the Raiders' 34-14 loss to the Broncos

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