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Three Big Ten Punters Named Semifinalists for Ray Guy Award

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Michigan State's Mike Sadler, Ohio State's Cameron Johnson and Purdue's Cody Webster have been named semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the most outstanding punter in college football. Webster leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally with 44.8 yards per punt, while Sadler rates second in the conference at 42.8 yards per boot and Johnston ranks fifth with 40.9 yards per punt. Three Big Ten punters have claimed the Ray Guy Award - Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003.
Big Ten student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom, as 17 standouts were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams. The conference's honorees are Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase, Indiana's Mark Murphy, Iowa's James Morris, Jake Rudock and Brett Van Sloten, Michigan State's Max Bullough and Mike Sadler, Nebraska's Jake Long, Spencer Long and C.J. Zimmerer, Northwestern's Collin Ellis, Mike Trumpy and Brandon Vitabile, Penn State's Ben Kline and John Urschel and Purdue's Robert Kugler and Shane Mikesky. To be eligible for the award, a player must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have achieved sophomore academic eligibility. Academic All-District selections are eligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced in December.

Michigan's Lewan Named Lombardi Award Semifinalist

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Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker. The reigning Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year was a first-team All-American last season and leads a Wolverine offense that is averaging nearly 38 points and more than 400 yards of total offense per contest. Fourteen standouts from current Big Ten schools have claimed the Lombardi Award, most recently when Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was honored in 2009.

Penn State's John Urschel and Wisconsin's Chris Borland were named two of 10 finalists from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. The Senior CLASS Award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, 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. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 16. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on all the finalists, visit

OSU's Heuerman Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

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Jeff Heuerman's career-best receiving day last Saturday vs. Purdue has earned the junior from Naples, Fla., and Barron Collier High School, the John Mackey Tight End of the Week award. Heuerman tied a career-best with five receptions vs. the Boilermakers and he set personal bests with 116 receiving yards and with a long reception of 40 yards. His 40-yard gain was the first score for the Buckeyes and it came on the team's second offensive play from scrimmage. Heuerman gained four first downs on the afternoon and had additional catches covering 24, 34 and 18 yards. The game marked the first time an Ohio State tight end had topped 100 receiving yards since Rickey Dudley recorded 106 against Tennessee in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Heuerman's 116 yards were also the most by an Ohio State tight end in 30 years, or since John Frank had 123 receiving yards vs. Michigan in 1983. Heuerman is fourth on the team with 20 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 9

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Tallied a team-high 12 tackles, including seven solo and one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Colts' 27-24 win over the Texans

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) -
Threw for 432 yards on 23-of-33 passing and four touchdowns in the Patriots' 55-31 victory over the Steelers

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 382 yards on 30-of-51 passing and two touchdowns in the Saints' 26-20 loss to the Jets

Jack Crawford, DE, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) -
Recorded one sack and two tackles in the Raiders' 49-20 loss to the Eagles

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) -
Notched 11 tackles, including five solo, in Tampa Bay's 27-24 loss to Seattle

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa)
- Totaled six solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Eagles' 49-20 defeat of the Raiders

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa)
- Ran for 38 yards and a touchdown and recorded a 28-yard catch in the Titans' 28-21 win over the Rams

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City Chiefs (Penn State) - Recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, along with posting four tackles, including one for loss, in the Chiefs' 23-13 defeat of the Bills

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan)
- Registered a team-high 10 tackles, including one for loss, in the Jets' 26-20 win over the Saints

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) -
Recorded eight tackles in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago

Nick Hayden, DT, Dallas Cowboys (Wisconsin) -
Made six tackles, including four solo, in the Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Vikings

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) -
Collected five tackles and one sack in the Steelers' 35-31 loss to the Patriots

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded a team-high nine solo tackles and one sack in the Rams' 28-21 loss to the Titans

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State)
- Led the team with nine tackles, including four solo, in the Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Vikings

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) -
Notched two pass deflections, a blocked kick and three tackles, including one for loss, in the Chargers' 30-24 overtime loss to the Redskins

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay (Purdue) -
Registered seven tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 27-20 loss to Chicago

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue)
- Tallied five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Patriots' 55-31 win over the Steelers

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) -
Notched six solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Titans' 28-21 win over the Rams

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) -
Tallied six solo tackles and one sack in Oakland's 49-20 loss to Philadelphia

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota)
- Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo, in Minnesota's 27-23 loss to Dallas

Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Notched three sacks and five solo tackles in the Dolphins' 22-20 win over the Bengals

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) -
Recorded four tackles, one sack, one blocked kick and one pass deflection in the Texans' 27-24 loss to the Colts

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin)
- Threw 217 yards on 19-of-26 passing and two touchdowns in Seattle's 27-24 victory over Tampa Bay

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan)
- Posted eight tackles in the Steelers' 55-31 loss to the Patriots

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Tallied eight tackles, including five solo, in Oakland's 49-20 loss to Philadelphia

OSU's Shazier Named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week

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Ohio State Linebacker Ryan Shazier has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. The 6-2, 230-pound junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida had three tackles for loss, including two sacks, and seven total tackles as the Buckeyes rolled over Purdue, 56-0 last Saturday.  Shazier is one of 20 quarter-finalists for the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, which will be presented Dec. 8 in Newport Beach, Ca.  The Lott award is the only major college award based on character.  IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics and Tenacity. Shazier leads Ohio State with 73 tackles this season and has 245 for his career.  He has 11 tackles for losses in 2013 and 33 for his career.

Purdue's Webster Named Ray Guy Award Player of the Week

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Purdue punter Cody Webster was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Monday afternoon. Webster had eight punts for 396 yards, an average of 49.5 yards per punt against Ohio State. He booted three inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks, had a long of 73 yards and finished with a net average of 44.9 yards. Webster is one of eight Big Ten punters on the Ray Guy Award Watch List, with 10 semifinalists announced on Nov. 8.e
Ohio State's Braxton Miller was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback. Miller, who was a finalist for the O'Brien Award last season, has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,316 yards and 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions, despite missing games due to injury. He has also rushed for 410 yards and two more touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a perfect 9-0 start, and 21 straight wins overall. Six players from current Big Ten schools have won the Davey O'Brien Award, most recently when Ohio State's Troy Smith was honored in 2006.

Minnesota's Nelson Named Manning Award "Star of the Week"

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Minnesota's Philip Nelson has been selected as one of eight quarterbacks as "Stars of the Week" by the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Nelson completed 16 of 23 passes for a career-best 298 yards and four passing touchdowns, including the game-winning 50-yard scoring toss with just over three minutes to go to lead the Gophers to a road win at Indiana.

College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click on this link to vote for the top performer. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.

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