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Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Hauled in seven catches for 133 yards in the Eagles' 23-21 win over the Bucs.
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San
Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high eight tackles, including
six solo, in the 49ers' 27-13 win over the Dolphins.
Tom Brady, QB, New England
- Threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-35
passing in New England's 42-14 win over Houston.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
(Michigan State) - Threw the game-tying
touchdown and scored on a two-point conversion run with 29 seconds remaining in
the fourth quarter, helping Washington to a 31-28 overtime victory over
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Tied for a team-high with nine tackles and recorded
a sack in the Bucs' 23-21 loss to the Eagles.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts (Illinois) - Recorded eight tackles, including three for loss, one sack and a pass deflection in the Colts' 27-23 win over the Titans.
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos
(Minnesota) - Reeled in eight receptions for 88 yards in the Broncos' 26-13
victory over the Raiders.
Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh
Steelers (Michigan) - Totaled seven tackles in the Steelers' 34-24 loss to
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
(Iowa) - Ran for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 17-10 win over the Jaguars.
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers
(Ohio State) Recorded eight tackles in the Packers' 27-20 win over the Lions.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England
Patriots (Illinois) - Pulled in seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in
the Patriots' 42-14 win over the Texans.
Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore
Ravens (Purdue) - Notched eight tackles in the Ravens' 31-28 overtime loss
to the Redskins.
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered
a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the Jaguars' 17-10 loss to the Jets.
Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas
Cowboys (Purdue) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles and two sacks in the
Cowboy's 20-19 victory over the Bengals.
Cameron Wake, LB, Miami Dolphins
(Penn State) - Racked up six tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in
Miami's 27-13 loss to San Francisco.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle
Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 148 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-13 passing
in the Seahawks' 58-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Fourteen Big Ten players have been selected as AVCA Division I All-Americans, the most of any conference, with four players earning first-team status. Minnesota's Katherine Harms
, Nebraska's Lauren Cook
and Penn State's Micha Hancock
and Ariel Scott
earned first-team honors, while Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski
, Minnesota's Tori Dixon
, Nebraska's Gina Mancuso
and Hannah Werth
, Purdue's Ariel Turner
and Penn State's Katie Slay
were named to the second team. Michigan's Jennifer Cross
, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus
, Ohio State's Mari Hole
and Penn State's Deja McClendon
earned third-team honors. Four others received honorable mention -- Michigan's Lexi Erwin
, Michigan State's Kori Moster
, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman
and Nebraska's Meghan Haggerty
For the complete list, click HERE.
Two Big Ten teams are ranked in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire poll of the year, it was announced on Tuesday. NCAA Champion Indiana
tops the poll, while Northwestern
comes in at No. 18. Michigan
(11-10-1) and Michigan State
are both receiving votes.
For the complete ranking, click here
Four Big Ten men's soccer standouts finished the season ranking in the top 10 nationally in various statistical categories. Michigan's Fabio Villas Boas Pereira
was tied for first in the country in total assists (8), while teammate Adam Grinwis
was tied for eighth in total saves (100). Indiana's Eriq Zavaleta
ranked tied for third in total goals (18), sixth in total points (40) and tied for seventh in goals per game (0.75), while teammate A.J. Corrado
ranked sixth in total assists (12).
As a team, NCAA champion Indiana
tied for seventh in shutout percentage (0.50) and ranked 10th in team goals against average (0.78)
For the complete season's statistics, click here
Indiana men's soccer player Eriq Zavaleta
was named to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America team, it was announced on Friday. The sophomore was a unanimous selection for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in nearly every offensive category. This past weekend, Zavaleta led the Hoosiers to a record eighth NCAA title, setting up Nikita Kotlov's game-winning goal in their 1-0 win over Georgetown.
For the complete All-America teams, click here
Penn State's Christine Nairn
was named a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, it was announced on Thursday. The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year guided the Nittany Lions to the national title game and a 21-4-2 record by leading Penn State in every offensive category this season.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. A banquet will be hosted at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, to recognize the finalists' accomplishments and announce the winners.
For the full list of finalists, click here
The 2012 Big Ten men's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with three Big Ten teams placing in the top 25 at the national meet. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin finished second at the championships, placing four Badger runners in the top 50, while Indiana followed in 18th, Michigan in 23rd and Michigan State in 31st. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed led the way for conference harriers, placing eighth individually, followed by teammates Maverick Darling in 11th and Reed Connor in 12th. All three Wisconin runners, along with Indiana's Zach Mayhew who finished 14th, earned All-America honors.Big Ten Hauls in Regional Awards:
Twenty-two Big Ten runners received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals this season, second to only the SEC (23) among conferences. Michigan and Wisconsin led the way with five honorees each, while three Michigan State runners, two harriers from Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Purdue, and one Ohio State runner were named to the team. Additionally, Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named the Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mick Byrne was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years. For complete regional results, click here
.Big Ten Championships Roundup:
Wisconsin took home its 14th consecutive Big Ten Championship and the team's 46th overall title by placing four runners in the top 10. Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed led the Badgers, placing second and third individually. Indiana's Zach Mayhew took home the individual crown, running the 8,000-meter course in 23:29. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here
.Big Ten Postseason Awards:
After placing first at the Big Ten Championships, Indiana's Zach Mayhew was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne collected his fifth straight Coach of the Year honor, while Purdue's Matt McClintock took home Freshman of the Year laurels after leading all newcomers with an eighth place finish at the conference meet. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here
The 2012 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close at the NCAA Championships, with all four competing Big Ten teams placing in the top 25 at the national meet. Big Ten Champion Michigan finished fifth at the championships, followed by Penn State in 14th, Michigan State in 16th and Minnesota in 22nd. Iowa's Mareike Schrulle took seventh individually to pace all Big Ten runners at the meet en route to All-America status.Big Ten Reels in Regional Awards:
Twenty-nine Big Ten runners received USTFCCCA All-Region recognition by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals this season, the most of any conference in the nation. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State led the way with five honorees each, while three Minnesota runners, two harriers from Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin, and one Indiana runner were named to the team. Additionally, Michigan's Mike McGuire was tabbed Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, while Penn State Beth Alford-Sullivan claimed Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year accolades after each leading their squads to a first-place team finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here
.Big Ten Championships Roundup:
Michigan won its first Big Ten Championship since 2006 and ninth overall, finishing with a winning score of 55 after placing five runners in the top 20. Michigan State's Sara Kroll finished first individually, while Michigan State finished second in the team standings and Penn State took third. For the complete Big Ten Championships recap, click here
.Big Ten Postseason Awards:
Michigan State's Sara Kroll was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year after placing first at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 20:13. After leading Michigan to its ninth Big Ten title, Wolverine head coach Mike McGuire picked up his ninth Coach of the Year award. Michigan's Shannon Osika was named Freshman of the Year after pacing all freshman at the Big Ten Championships with a 13th place finish. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here
Sixteen women's soccer players were named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Team, it was announced on Monday. Standouts from conference institutions make up 16 of the 33 representatives, including seven of the 11 on the first team. Below is the complete list of Big Ten student-athletes on the All-Great Lakes Region Team.
Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL
Haley Kopmeyer, MICH
Taylor Uhl, MINN
Tiffany Cameron, OSU
Whitney Church, PSU
Maya Hayes, PSU
Christine Nairn, PSU
Cloe Lacasse, IOWA
Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Holly Hein, MICH
Erin McNulty, PSU
Monica Lam-Feist, WIS
Orianica Velasquez, IND
Shelina Zadorsky, MICH
Megan Fuller, OSU
Raquel Rodriguez, PSU
*For the complete All-Great Lakes Region Team, click here.
Northwestern's Tracy Fuchs has been named the 2012 Dita/NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday. Fuchs led the Wildcats to a 16-4 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in Big Ten play.