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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 scored 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 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.
Top Drawer Soccer announced its Team of the Week, with Michigan's Holly Hein and Meghan Toohey earning honors.
Hein scored one goal in the Wolverines' 3-0 win over Illinois State on Nov. 22, while Toohey converted a second-half penalty kick versus Notre Dame, sending Michigan to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines will face No. 1 Virginia on Friday in Charlottesville, Va., seeking a trip to the College Cup for the first time in program history.
Top Drawer Soccer announced its Team of the Week, with Penn State's Martin Seiler and Michigan State's Kevin Cope earning spots on the team.
Seiler helped secure a pair of 1-0 wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and UC Santa Barbara, advancing the Nittany Lions to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The center back helped hold the Gauchos to just one shot on goal in the second half on Nov. 24. Penn State will face New Mexico at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Cope assisted on Tim Kreutz's double-overtime game-winning goal versus Louisville in the second round, helping the Spartans defeat the Cardinals, 1-0. In the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State will play Georgetown at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Notched six solo
tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 24-21 loss to the Cowboys
Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball
seven times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards in Denver's 34-31
overtime loss to New England
Le'Veon Bell, RB,
Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Ran for 80 yards and notched two
receptions in the Steelers' 27-11 win over the Browns
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Registered
nine tackles, including five solo, in San Francisco's 27-6 win over Washington
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 344
yards on 34-for-50 passing, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the
Patriots' 34-31 overtime win over the Broncos
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 278 yards on
23-of-33 passing and two touchdowns in the Saints' 17-13 victory over the
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (Iowa) - Registered five tackles, including two for loss, and a
sack in Tampa Bay's 24-21 defeat of Detroit
Mike Daniels, DE,
Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied three tackles and a sack in Green Bay's
26-26 tie with Minnesota
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Recorded a
team-high 12 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass
deflection in Tampa Bay's 24-21 win over Detroit
Jay Feely, PK,
Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Tallied 16 points, kicking four field goals,
including one from 50 yards, and four extra point attempts in the Cardinals'
40-11 win over the Colts
Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Notched five
receptions for 32 yards in the Texans' 13-6 loss to the Jaguars
Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Tallied nine tackles,
including eight solo, in the Vikings' 26-26 tie with the Packers
David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered eight
tackles, including five solo, in the Jets' 19-3 loss to the Ravens
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five
passes for 78 yards, including a long of 26 yards, in the Dolphins' 20-16 loss
to the Panthers
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Collected 11
tackles, including nine solo, one sack and one forced fumble in the Packers'
26-26 tie with the Vikings
Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 239
yards on 23-for-32 passing in the Jaguars' 13-6 victory over the Texans
Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Recorded
one sack and two tackles in the Steelers' 27-11 win over the Browns
Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Tallied five
tackles and one pass deflection in the Saints' 17-13 win over the Falcons
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Notched seven
tackles, including six solo, and one pass deflection in St. Louis' 42-21 win
DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Registered nine
tackles and one pass deflection in the Lions' 24-21 loss to the Bucs
Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in
four passes for 45 yards in San Francisco's 27-6 defeat of Washington
Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 260
yards on 19-of-32 passing and one touchdown in Oakland's 23-19 loss to
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Rushed for a
touchdown in the Cardinals' 40-11 win over the Colts
Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans (Illinois) - Notched six solo
tackles, including one for loss, and a sack in Houston's 13-6 loss to
Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Tallied a touchdown
reception in the Giants' 24-21 loss to the Cowboys
Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Collected seven tackles
and one sack in Green Bay's 26-26 tie with Minnesota
Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Led the team
with 13 solo tackles in New England's 34-31 overtime win over Denver
Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six
tackles in the Titans' 23-19 win over the Raiders
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered
a team-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo, and one pass deflection in Jacksonville's
13-6 win over Houston
Allen Reisner, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (Iowa) - Caught five passes
for 40 yards, including a long of 16, in the Jaguars' 13-6 win over the Texans
Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Notched 10
tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in Oakland's 23-19 loss to Tennessee
Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Notched five
tackles, including four solo, in the Vikings' 26-26 tie with the Packers
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
(Illinois) - Rushed for 73 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards in New
Orleans' 17-13 win over Atlanta
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Tallied a team-high
nine tackles, including eight solo, and one sack in Houston's 13-6 loss to
Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded one
interception, one pass deflection and five tackles in the 49ers' 27-6 defeat of
Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders
(Michigan) - Posted eight tackles, including six solo, in the Raiders'
23-19 loss to the Titans
#2 PENN STATE at OHIO STATE - 7 p.m.
#20 PURDUE at INDIANA - 7 p.m.
#19 MICHIGAN STATE at #23 MICHIGAN - 8 p.m., BTDN
#10 NEBRASKA at IOWA - 8 p.m., BTDN
NORTHWESTERN at #18 ILLINOIS - 8 p.m.
#13 WISCONSIN at #11 MINNESOTA - 8 p.m.
All times are ET
Penn State's Andrew Wolverton was named a finalist for the 2013 College Boot Award, which annually honors the top player in men's college soccer. The Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year finished the season with 69 saves, eight shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.75. Wolverton helped lead the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Championship, and was named first-team All-Big Ten. Penn State will face New Mexico on Dec. 1 in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament.
Fans will be able to vote for their top collegiate player until December 19. To vote, click here.
Six Big Ten women's soccer players were named finalists for the 2013 College Boot Award, which recognizes the top player in women's college soccer. The conference's finalists include Illinois' Jannelle Flaws, Indiana's Shannon Flower and Lisa Nouanesengsy, Nebraska's Jordan Jackson and Penn State's Whitney Church and Maya Hayes.
Flaws finished the season with 23 goals, which is currently tied for first in the NCAA. The Big Ten Forward of the Year helped lead the Illini to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Flower collected 87 saves and recorded nine shutouts. She helped guide the Hoosiers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. Nouanesengsy finished the 2013 campaign with 25 points, including 11 goals and three assists. She was named second-team All-Big Ten.
Jackson, who was named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, scored nine goals and tallied 11 assists this season, helping lead the Cornhuskers to their first Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title in school history.
Church played in all 23 games, scoring four goals and collecting one assist. She was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and helped the Nittany Lions reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hayes scored a team-high 19 goals to go along with six assists and was named first-team All-Big Ten.
Fans will be able to vote for their top collegiate player until December 18. To vote, click here.
Two Big Ten linebackers are among the four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced on Tuesday. Iowa's James Morris and Wisconsin's Chris Borland are up for the IMPACT Trophy, which is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Each finalist will be honored at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet on Dec. 8. Two former conference standouts have won the trophy, Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt in 2010.
The College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the men's soccer Academic All-America teams, with Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Ohio State's Alex Ivanov earning third-team honors.
Corrado studies biology and maintains a 3.64 cumulative grade point average. Last season, he was an Academic All-District, Academic All-Big Ten and first-team All-Big Ten selection. Corrado helped lead the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament title, and scored three goals to go along with seven assists this season. He was named second-team All-Big Ten.
An electric and computer engineer major, Ivanov boasts a 3.80 cumulative GPA. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and is the first Buckeye in program history to be named an Academic All-American. Ivanov finished the season with 110 saves and eight shutouts, earning a spot on the All-Big Ten second team.
Vanessa DiBernardo of the Illinois women's soccer team was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-American, the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Tuesday.
The senior midfielder studies recreation, sport & tourism, and carries a 3.70 cumulative grade point average. She has been named Academic All-District three times, including a first-team nod in 2013. DiBernardo is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an NSCAA Scholar All-American.
DiBernardo finished the season with seven goals and seven assists, helping lead the Illini to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. She currently holds the school record with 22 career assists and ranks third with 43 goals.