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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

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 16

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Registered four solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 23-20 win over the Lions

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Illinois) - Recorded an interception, a pass deflections and two solo tackles in Jacksonville's 20-16 loss to Tennessee

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 38-31 victory over Green Bay

NaVorro Bowmna, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied 11 tackles, including nine solo and one for loss, and returned an interception for a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-24 defeat of the Falcons

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Completed 30-of-44 passing for 281 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 17-13 loss to the Panthers

Josh Brown, PK, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Nailed three field goals, including the game-winning 45-yard field goal in overtime, in the Giants' 23-20 win over the Lions

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Recorded eight tackles, including six solo, in Oakland's 25-13 loss to San Diego

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Registered three tackles, including two for loss, and a forced fumble in the Bucs' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Led the team with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, and recovered one fumble in the Buccaneers' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts (Illinois) - Notched three solo tackles and two pass deflections in the Colts' 23-7 win over the Chiefs

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught 10 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 37-13 defeat of Houston

Jay Feely, PK, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed three field goals, including a 46-yarder, in Arizona's 17-10 victory over Seattle

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled nine solo tackles and two forced fumbles in the Eagles' 54-11 victory over the Bears

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) -
Caught two passes for 66 yards and carried the ball for seven yards in Carolina's 17-13 victory over New Orleans

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State) - Tallied six tackles, including two for loss, in the Bucs' 23-13 loss to the Rams

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 20-16 win over Jacksonville

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Racked up eight tackles, including one for loss, in the Vikings' 22-14 loss to the Bengals

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles and a pass deflection in the Jets' 24-13 win over the Browns

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, one interception and one pass deflection in Green Bay's 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh

Nick Hayden, DT, Dallas Cowboys (Wisconsin) - Recorded five tackles in Dallas' 24-23 win over Washington


Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 237 yards on 24-of-34 passing and two touchdowns in the Jaguars' 20-16 loss to the Titans

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Registered six tackles and one pass deflection in the Steelers' 38-31 defeat of the Packers

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied six tackles and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 38-31 loss the Pittsburgh

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Totaled one interception, one pass deflection and three tackles in the Saints' 17-13 loss to the Panthers

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched five tackles and one sack in Washington's 24-23 loss to Dallas

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Rams' 23-13 win over the Bucs

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Posted seven tackles in the Lions' 23-20 win over the Giants

Keshawn Martin, WR, Houston Texans (Michigan State) - Reeled in four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown catch in the Texans' 37-13 loss to the Broncos

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Registered five solo tackles in Green Bay's 38-31 loss to Pittsburgh

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Tallied six tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 41-7 win over the Ravens

Jared Odrick, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded five tackles and one forced fumble in Miami's 19-0 loss to Buffalo

Domata Peko, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan State) - Totaled five tackles and 0.5 sacks in Cincinnati's 42-14 win over Minnesota

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Registered five solo tackles, one blocked kick and one pass deflection in Tennessee's 20-16 win over Jacksonville

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, and one assisted sack in Jacksonville's 20-16 loss to Tennessee

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to the Chargers

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied seven tackles, including five solo, and two pass deflections in the Vikings' 42-14 loss to the Bengals

Matt Spaeth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Minnesota) - Reeled in a touchdown reception in Pittsburgh's 38-31 victory over Green Bay

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Totaled five solo tackles in San Francisco's 34-24 win over Atlanta

Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and tallied one tackle and one pass deflection in the Patriots' 41-7 defeat of the Ravens

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Notched seven tackles and a pass deflection in the Raiders' 26-13 loss to the Chargers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked or receiving votes in the final AVCA Division I Coaches poll of the 2013 season, which was released on Monday. The conference boasts the nation's top two teams and five squads in the top 10. NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State leads the way at No. 1 and national runner-up Wisconsin is ranked No. 2. Nebraska checks 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 full poll, click here.


Nebraska's Robinson Named Nominee for Honda Sports Award

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Nebraska women's volleyball player Kelsey Robinson was named a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for Volleyball, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today. The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Honda Sports award winner for volleyball will be announced in the new year after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

A native of Bartlett, Ill., Robinson earned first-team AVCA All-American honors this season after having been recognized by the AVCA for the past two years. She was named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and earned All-Big Ten first-team honors. She averaged 4.45 kills and 3.33 digs per set while posting 19 double-doubles. The outside hitter transferred to Nebraska from Tennessee where she was the 2011 SEC Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-SEC member.

CWSA Release
Nebraska Release

Four Players Named to Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Teams

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The TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI teams were announced Monday, with four Big Ten men's soccer players earning accolades. The Best XI teams are comprised of three national teams and two freshmen teams. The full list of the Big Ten's representation on the Best XI teams can be found below.

Best XI Teams
Second Team
Kevin Cope, MSU
AJ Cochran, WIS

Third Team
Andrew Wolverton, PSU

Freshman Best XI
First Team
Tommy Thompson, IND

For the complete teams, click here.

Saturday's Result

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NCAA Championship Final - Seattle, Wash.
#2 PENN STATE def. #12 WISCONSIN, 3-1
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