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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

Saturday's Schedule

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NCAA Championship Final - Seattle, Wash.
#2 PENN STATE vs. #12 WISCONSIN - 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

PSU's Harding Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Penn State senior Maggie Harding has been selected as the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championship. Harding has now earned the prestigious honor for the second time in her career, having won the award in 2012. Harding is presently majoring in food science and has maintained an unblemished 4.0 grade-point average. She was presented with the award during the NCAA Championship banquet Wednesday evening in Seattle, Wash. After redshirting her freshman year, Harding has emerged as a leader on the team, being named one of the team captains for the 2013 season. Throughout her career, the defensive specialist has garnered three Academic All-Big Ten selections, while also earning the Big Ten Sportsmanship award for women's volleyball in 2011 and 2013.

The Elite 89 award was founded by the NCAA and recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring 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. The Elite 89 is presented annually to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Eligible student-athletes are sophomore or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. For more on the Elite 89 award, click here.

Penn State Release

Penn State Head Volleyball Coach Russ Rose was tabbed the AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year, it was announced on Thursday. The 35th year head coach of the Nittany Lions has once again proved in 2013 why he is one of the best to ever coach the game. Never having a season with fewer than 22 victories, Rose is just the third active coach in Division I to record 1,000 career wins.


Penn State had high expectations in 2013 and have not disappointed.  Rose collected his 16th Big Ten Championship and 14th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor leading his squad to a 28-2 regular-season and 19-1 conference record. The Nittany Lions boast five players on the AVCA All-Northeast Region team in Nia Grant, Micha Hancock, Deja McClendon, Ariel Scott and Katie Slay, with Rose earning AVCA Region Coach of the Year.

It wasn't just the fact they won in what many consider one of the most difficult conferences in the country, it was how they won it.  In their 19 Big Ten victories (57 sets won), they dropped just a total of 11 sets. As a team, Penn State leads the nation with 3.10 blocks per set and is third in team hitting percentage (.314) and win percentage (93.8%).

Rose is now a five-time AVCA National Coach of the Year after winning in 1990, 1997, 2007 and 2008.

AVCA Release
Penn State Release

Thursday's Results

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NCAA Championship Semifinals - Seattle, Wash.
#12 WISCONSIN def. #1 Texas, 3-1
#2 PENN STATE def. #3 WASHINGTON, 3-0


Five Big Ten Players Tabbed NSCAA Scholar All-Americans

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Five Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America teams. Penn State's Taylor Schram and Maya Hayes earned first-team honors, while Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Minnesota's Katie Thyken and Nebraska's Jordan Jackson were second-team selections.

Schram, a senior midfielder, posts a 3.40 cumulative GPA in psychology. She scored five goals and collected eight assists for the Nittany Lions, earning her second-team All-Big Ten honors. Hayes, an NSCAA second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, maintains a 3.39 GPA in kinesiology. She collected 44 points this season, including 19 goals and six assists. Penn State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

DiBernardo, who collects the honor for the second time, studies recreation, sport and tourism and maintains a 3.70 GPA. She scored seven goals to go along with seven assists, helping the Illini reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Thyken studies biomechanical engineering and boasts a 3.97 GPA. She led the Golden Gophers with seven goals and three assists, helping Minnesota advance to the NCAA Tournament. Jackson, the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, compiled a 3.34 GPA in nutrition, exercise and health science. She scored nine goals and collected 11 assists, helping her team win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.

In order to be selected for the team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout their career as well as start more than 50 percent of a team's games, while being a junior or a senior.