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Seven Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, honoring college football's defensive IMPACT player of the year with equal weight given to athletic performance and personal character. Big Ten standouts appearing on the watch list are Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska safety Corey Cooper and defensive end Randy Gregory, Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Penn State linebacker Ben Kline. Calhoun is the reigning Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and was joined on the All-Big Ten first team by the Gregory. Bennett was a second-team selection, while Farrand and Cooper were honorable mention honorees. Two Big Ten standouts have earned the Lott Trophy in Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt in 2010.
Purdue's Lawrence G. Burton, Jr. (1975, Football/Track& Field)
Sociology major and two-sport standout at Purdue, Lawrence Burton won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975. Upon graduation, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Orleans Saints and played six seasons in the NFL. While attending Purdue, Burton participated in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and finished fourth in the 200 meters. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Willie Ross Foundation, a non-profit organization to enhance the quality of life for non-verbal, deaf and developmentally disabled adults.
During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Northwestern University.
Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
William Droegemueller (1928, track)
Photo Gallery: David M. Parry Video Command Center Dedication
The Big Ten's state-of-the-art video command center based in the conference's new office and meeting center in Rosemont, Ill., has been named in honor of David M. Parry, the Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials for two decades who passed away in 2011. The Big Ten held a dedication ceremony and installed a plaque in his honor on May 3, with conference dignitaries and the Parry family in attendance.
Parry served as the Big Ten's Coordinator of Football Officials from 1990-2009, where he played a crucial role in the implementation of the first collegiate football system of instant replay in 2004, which the NCAA approved for use among all conferences in 2006. An NCAA official for 20 years and a National Football League (NFL) official for 15 years, Parry's extensive experience included 20 NCAA Tournaments, 12 NFL playoffs and four NFL championship games. In 1983, he officiated Super Bowl XVII.
Parry was also named the first National Coordinator for College Football Officiating in 2008, and served as the National Coordinator for Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) officiating from 1996-2008. The David M. Parry Award is annually presented to the nation's most outstanding officiating coordinator.
Every nationally-televised Big Ten football, men's basketball and hockey contest is evaluated at the David M. Parry Command Center. The games are recorded and captured in the command center and immediately available for the commissioner and staff to review. The conference has the capability to evaluate each of the officials' calls and provide them the proper critique and training. The center houses eight 60-inch televisions and one 130-inch monitor.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune featured the Big Ten's video command center after visiting the facility last November.
Michigan's Jon Jansen (Football, 1999)
Winner of the 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Jon Jansen was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and became a model of consistency during his 10-year career. He started 125 of the 137 games in which he played and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2005. During his collegiate career, Jansen was a two-time All-Big Ten performer at Michigan and helped lead the Wolverines to a national title in 1997. Serving as captain during his junior and senior seasons, Jansen earned All-America status as a senior, while also garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1997 and 1998.
Jansen talks about lessons learned on the field and in the classroom in this Q&A.
Penn State's John Urschel (2013, football)
Urschel, who claimed the Big Ten Medal of Honor last May, was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 and 2013, helping the Nittany Lions rank among the Big Ten's top offensive attacks. The 2013 Campbell Trophy winner and Senior CLASS Award recipient and two-time first-team Academic All-American earned his bachelor's degree in less than three years on campus. He earned his first master's degree last May and is currently working on his second master's. This year, he taught Integral Vector Calculus and researched multigrid methods and computational mathematics.
Purdue's Drew Brees (2001, football)
Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but was named Academic All-America of the Year his senior season. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl Game berth since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he played five seasons with San Diego before moving to New Orleans in 2006. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.
Michigan State's Morten Andersen (1982, football)
Andersen, who won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State and also garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a senior in 1981, a year in which he recorded the Big Ten's longest field goal with a 63-yarder. His success at Michigan State earned him a spot on the Walter Camp All-Century Team. Andersen was drafted in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft and went on to become the NFL's all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points. In his NFL career that spanned from 1982 to 2007, Andersen was a three-time All-Pro, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL's 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams. After retiring from the NFL, he started a family foundation aimed at providing educational scholarships and promoting fitness to prevent obesity.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes James Morris and Marike Stribos were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Iowa, which were announced at the UI's annual academic and athletic achievement banquet. Morris is a standout on the football team, while Stribos is a member of Iowa's field hockey team.
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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Vanessa DiBernardo and Nathan Scheelhaase were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Illinois, which were announced on Monday evening at the Fighting Illini All-Sports Celebration. DiBernardo is a member of the women's soccer team and Scheelhaase is a quarterback on Illinois' football team.
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