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Montee Ball and Terrelle Pryor have been nominated as finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 2010's. The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the eleventh, and final, of a series of names that have been unveiled each Sunday throughout the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.
At running back for the University of Wisconsin, Ball was twice recognized as the best at his position in the Big Ten Conference and a consensus first-team All-American. He currently holds the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career rushing touchdowns with 77 and the NCAA Division I-FBS record for most career total touchdowns with 83. In the 2011 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 132 yards and scored one touchdown on 22 carries against TCU. His 132 rush yards, 22 carries and 6.0 yards per carry all are ninth-most in UW bowl history; and his 40-yard run ties for 10th-longest in UW bowl history. In the 2012 Rose Bowl Game, Ball ran for 164 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries versus Oregon and lastly, in the 2013 Rose Bowl Game, he rushed for 100 yards and scored one touchdown. Ball became the first player in history to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive Rose Bowl Games.
Pryor played the best game of his young collegiate career in the 2010 matchup against Oregon. The sophomore racked up career highs in completions (23), pass attempts (37) and passing yards (266). During the 26-17 victory over the Ducks, Pryor threw two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 72 yards on 20 carries. His efforts also earned him Player of the Game honors. The Buckeyes entered the contest having lost three consecutive BCS games, but Pryor's dazzling performance led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl Game win since 1997. Pryor was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2008 and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In the two-plus years that Pryor led the Buckeyes at quarterback, Ohio State went 31-5, including a 2-1 record in BCS bowl games.
The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class. In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on Dec. 8, 2013, in Pasadena.
For more information on the 100th Rose bowl Game, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.
Five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press, USA Today Coaches
and Harris Interactive
polls, including two teams among the top 10. Ohio State improved to 12-0 on the season with a 42-41 win at Michigan, and moved to No. 2 in all three national polls. Michigan State climbed to No. 10 in the AP and Harris poll and No. 9 in the coaches' ballot after a 14-3 win over Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Spartans, who both finished their conference seasons with unbeaten records, are set to meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin moved to No. 21 in all three ballots. Iowa and Minnesota received votes in both the AP and coaches' polls.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced that Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey has been named the Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending Nov. 30. Kirksey recorded 11 tackles, including three for losses, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in the Hawkeyes' 38-17 win over Nebraska. With the win, Iowa improved to 8-4, 5-3 in the Big Ten. Kirksey is the third Hawkeye player to earn Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Iowa linebackers Chad Greenway (Sept. 5, 2004) and Mike Klinkenborg (Sept. 17, 2006).
#20 PURDUE def. #19 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-2
#11 MINNESOTA def. #18 ILLINOIS, 3-0
#13 WISCONSIN def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
OHIO STATE def. IOWA, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. #10 NEBRASKA, 3-1
#19 MICHIGAN STATE at #20 PURDUE - 7 p.m., BTDN
#11 MINNESOTA at #18 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m.
OHIO STATE at IOWA - 8 p.m., BTDN
#2 PENN STATE at #10 NEBRASKA - 8 p.m., BTN
#13 WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN, 8 p.m.
All times are ET
#23 MICHIGAN def. INDIANA, 3-1
#23 MICHIGAN at INDIANA - 7 p.m. ET
Twenty-five Big Ten student-athletes in eight different sports collected
awards from the conference office during the week of Nov. 25th. Below is
the complete list of honorees.
Player of the Week - Frank Kaminsky, WIS
Freshman of the Week - Bryson Scott, PUR
Player & Freshman of the Week - Amanda Zahui B., MINN
Player of the Week Honor Roll - Samantha Logic, IOWA; Nicole Elmblad, MICH; Emily Cady, NEB
Offensive Player of the Week - Steve Hull, ILL
Defensive Player of the Week - Ryan Shazier, OSU
Special Teams Player of the Week - Pat Smith, NEB
Co-Freshmen of the Week - Ralphael Green III, IND & Christian Hackenberg, PSU
First Star - Zach Nagelvoort, MICH
Second Star - Tyler Motte, MICH
Third Star - Michael Brodzinski, MINN
Men's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Connor McDonald, OSU
Diver of the Week - Christian Holstein, OSU
Freshman of the Week - Matt McHugh, OSU
Women's Swimming & Diving
Swimmer of the Week - Carly Mercer, PUR
Diver of the Week - Casey Matthews, PUR
Freshman of the Week - Lauren Abruzzo, NU
Player of the Week - Ashley Wittman, MINN
Defensive Player of the Week - Tori Dixon, MINN
Setter of the Week - Micha Hancock, PSU
Freshman of the Week - Taylor Sandbothe, OSU
Wrestler of the Week - Tyler Graff
#2 PENN STATE def. OHIO STATE, 3-0
#20 PURDUE def. INDIANA, 3-0
#19 MICHIGAN STATE def. #23 MICHIGAN, 3-0
#10 NEBRASKA def. IOWA, 3-0
#18 ILLINOIS def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-0
#11 MINNESOTA def. #13 WISCONSIN, 3-1
Seven assistant coaches from Big Ten schools have been named nominees for the Broyles Award,
given annually to the top assistant coach in America, as announced on Wednesday. Seth Littrell (Indiana), Phil Parker (Iowa), Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Tim Beck (Nebraska), Tom Herman (Ohio State) and Dave Aranda (Wisconsin) are among 40 assistants to earn recognition for
Littrell leads an Indiana offense that is tied for second in the Big Ten with 36.8 points per game and is second in total offense with 491.8 yards per game. The Hoosiers have score 408 points so far this season, including 54 touchdowns.
Under Parker, the Iowa defense ranks third in the conference in total defense, surrendering just 304.5 yards per game. The Hawkeyes have held opponents to only 18.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
Narduzzi's Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 236.6 yards per game. The Spartans also lead the conference in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game, a total that ranks fourth in the country.
Claeys took on many of the day-to-day head coaching duties for Minnesota during head coach Jerry Kill's leave of absence, guiding the Gophers to eight victories and their first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series standings since 2008.
Beck has led a Nebraska's offense that ranks fourth in the conference in both scoring (34.0 points per game) and total offense (433.3 yards per game). Nebraska has averaged 233.7 rushing yards per game this season, ranking third in the conference in that category.
Under Herman, the Ohio State offense has led all conference schools in scoring offense (48.7 points per game), total offense (530.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (314.7 yards per game). The Buckeyes rank among the top seven nationally in all three categories.
Aranda leads a Wisconsin defense that ranks second in the conference in scoring defense (13.4 points per game), total defense (278.5 yards
per game) and passing defense (179.4 yards per game). The Badgers rank
among the top 10 nationally in all three categories
Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has
garnered several nominations and one recipient in Ohio State's Jim
Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on
Tuesday, Dec.10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.