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Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. The winner will be presented at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, 2014, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Big Ten student-athletes have won the past two Rare Disease Champion awards, as Penn State's Eric Shrive took home the honor last season and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead was tabbed the winner in 2012.

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Big Ten in the NFL - Week 20 - Conference Championships

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one solo tackle, one sack and one forced fumble in Seattle's 23-17 win over San Francisco

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 43 yards and tallied 13 receiving yards in the Broncos' 26-16 defeat of the Patriots

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 14 tackles, including six solo, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-17 loss to Seattle

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 277 yards on 24-of-38 passing and one touchdown in the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught five passes for 73 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per catch, in Denver's 26-16 win over New England

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in two catches for 33 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per catch, in New England's 26-16 loss to Denver

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State)
- Registered two solo tackles and a sack in the Broncos' 26-16 victory over the Patriots

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted four tackles and a pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to the Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 215 yards on 16-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 19 - Divisional Playoff Round

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one tackles, one pass deflection and 0.5 sacks in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 52 yards in Denver's 24-17 victory over San Diego

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in the 49ers' 23-10 win over the Panthers

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 198 yards on 13-of-25 passing and no interceptions in the Patriots' 43-22 defeat of the Colts

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 309 yards on 24-of-43 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Notched two tackles, two interceptions and four pass deflections in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Tallied 104 yards on four catches, including a long of 59 yards, in the Panthers' 23-10 loss to the 49ers

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Posted five tackles, including one for loss, in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including four solo and one for loss, in San Diego's 24-17 loss to Denver

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in three catches for 30 yards in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Panthers

Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles in Carolina's 23-10 loss to San Francisco

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted two solo tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in San Francisco's 23-10 defeat of Carolina

Penn State Selects James Franklin To Lead Football Program

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Penn State University has selected James Franklin, a Pennsylvania native who is one of the nation's most successful and dynamic coaches, as the 16th head football coach in its storied 127-year history. Penn State President Rodney Erickson and Director of Athletics Dave Joyner announced Franklin's appointment today. The enthusiastic and passionate Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success in his three years as head coach, winning nine games in each of the past two years, and finishing in the Top 25 in consecutive seasons, both for the first time in school history. Franklin succeeds Bill O'Brien, who was named head coach of the National Football League's Houston Texans earlier this month.

From Langhorne, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, Franklin's enthusiasm and tireless efforts resulted in taking Vanderbilt to new heights over the past three years, posting a 24-15 record, including marks of 9-4 during each of the past two seasons, capped by bowl victories. The Commodores finished the 2013 season with five consecutive victories, with wins over Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky in Southeastern Conference play, along with a win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Franklin's 2012 squad finished the season with seven consecutive victories and posted VU's first nine-win season since 1915.

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Big Ten in the NFL - Week 18 - Wildcard Weekend

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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, all solo, and a forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-20 victory over Green Bay

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 250 yards on 20-of-30 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 26-24 win over the Eagles

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa)
- Tallied five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers 


Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Totaled four solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in Philadelphia's 26-24 loss to New Orleans

Brandon Graham, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Notched three tackles and one sack in the Eagles' 26-24 loss to the Saints

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in Green Bay's 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including three solo, and a sack in the Chargers' 27-10 victory over the Bengals

Ryan Pickett, DT, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Registered five tackles, including four solo, in the Packers' 23-20 loss to the 49ers  

With bowl season complete, five Big Ten schools received votes in the final Associated Press (AP) or USA Today coaches polls, including at least two top-10 teams for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Following a victory in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State ended the season ranked No. 3 in both national polls, the second straight season a Big Ten team concluded the year at No. 3 after Ohio State was rated third in the final 2012 AP poll. The No. 3 ranking was the best finish for the Spartans since ending the 1966 campaign second in the country. The Buckeyes also ended this season rated among the top 10 nationally, appearing in a tie for No. 10 in the coaches' poll and No. 12 in the AP vote. The Big Ten also placed multiple schools among the top 10 in the final national rankings in 2011 (No. 10/11 Wisconsin, No. 11/10 Michigan State, No. 12/9 Michigan), 2010 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/T8 Wisconsin), 2009 (No. 5/5 Ohio State, No. 7/7 Iowa, No. 9/8 Penn State) and 2008 (No. 8/8 Penn State, No. 9/11 Ohio State). Other Big Ten schools to end the season among the top 25 this season were Wisconsin, rated No. 22 by the media and No. 21 by the coaches, and Nebraska, ranked No. 25 in the USA Today poll. Iowa also received votes in the AP rankings.

Former Big Ten Players Set to Compete in NFL Playoffs

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With the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, 90 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appear on the active rosters of the playoff teams. The Big Ten has at least four players on each playoff roster and every Big Ten school is represented, including nine schools with five or more standouts taking the field during the postseason.

Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams with 14 former student-athletes taking the field, while Illinois has 13 former players on NFL rosters. Iowa and Penn State are tied for third in the conference with 11 standouts each. Wisconsin will be represented by 10 student-athletes, while Michigan has nine players on playoff rosters.

Green Bay leads all playoff squads with 10 former Big Ten standouts on the active roster, including three each from the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes. Carolina, Cincinnati, New England and Philadelphia feature nine Big Ten players, while San Diego has eight.

Five Big Ten student-athletes on postseason teams were also selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl, including quarterbacks Tom Brady (New England-Michigan), Drew Brees (New Orleans-Purdue) and Russell Wilson (Seattle-Wisconsin) and linebackers NaVorro Bowman (San Francisco-Penn State) and Tamba Hali (Kansas City-Penn State).

The full list of former Big Ten student-athletes on NFL playoff rosters is below:

Carolina Panthers
Colin Cole, Iowa
Charles Godfrey, Iowa
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Ted Ginn, Ohio State
Ben Hartsock, Ohio State
Dan Connor, Penn State
Michael Zordich, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Brad Nortman, Wisconsin

Cincinnati Bengals
Larry Black, Indiana
Leon Hall, Michigan
Kyle Cook, Michigan State
Domata Peko, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Devon Still, Penn State
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos
Kevin Vickerson, Michigan State
Eric Decker, Minnesota
Steward Bradley, Nebraska
Shaun Phillips, Purdue
Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Green Bay Packers
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
Mike Daniels, Iowa
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
Ryan Pickett, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Andrew Quarless, Penn State
Mike Neal, Purdue
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin

Indianapolis Colts
Vontae Davis, Illinois
Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Pat Angerer, Iowa
Dan Herron, Ohio State

Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Allen, Illinois
Jon Asamoah, Illinois
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Ricky Henry, Nebraska
Tamba Hali, Penn State

New England Patriots
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Justin Green, Illinois
Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Markus Zusevics, Iowa
Tom Brady, Michigan
Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Nate Ebner, Ohio State
Rob Ninkovich, Purdue

New Orleans Saints
Glenn Foster, Illinois
Pierre Thomas, Illinois
Zach Strief, Northwestern
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
Will Smith, Ohio State
Drew Brees, Purdue
Nick Toon, Wisconsin

Philadelphia Eagles
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Bradley Fletcher, Iowa
Matt Tobin, Iowa
Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
Jason Avant, Michigan
Brandon Graham, Michigan
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
Dennis Kelly, Purdue

San Diego Chargers
Corey Liuget, Illinois
Jonas Mouton, Michigan
Stephen Schilling, Michigan
Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State
Nick Hardwick, Purdue
Jake Byrne, Wisconsin
Marcus Cromartie, Wisconsin

San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan
Mario Manningham, Michigan
Garrett Celek, Michigan State
Alex Boone, Ohio State
Donte Whitner, Ohio State
NaVorro Bowman, Penn State
Nathan Stupar, Penn State

Seattle Seahawks
Kellen Davis, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Michael Robinson, Penn State
Cliff Avril, Purdue
Chris Maragos, Wisconsin
O'Brien Schofield, Wisconsin
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

 

 

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 17

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Collected five tackles and two pass deflections in the Giants' 20-6 defeat of the Redskins

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Caught three passes for 45 yards in Philadelphia's 24-22 win over Dallas

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Carried the ball 10 times for 72 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards in Denver's 34-14 win over Oakland

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed the ball 20 times for 90 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' 20-7 defeat of the Browns

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including nine solo, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-20 win over the Cardinals

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) - Reeled in six solo tackles in the Bears' 33-28 loss to Green Bay

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Completed 14-of-24 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 381 yards on 24-of-31 passing and four touchdowns in the Saints' 42-17 win over the Buccaneers

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught four passes for 27 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 34-14 win over Oakland

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Illinois) - Caught three passes for 67 yards, including a long of 48 yards, in the Chiefs' 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (Iowa) - Caught three passes for 55 yards in Buffalo's 34-20 loss to the Patriots

Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Reeled in eight tackles, including seven solo, in Oakland's 34-14 loss to the Broncos

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, and one sack in Tampa Bay's 42-17 loss to New Orleans

Barry Cofield, NT, Washington Redskins (Northwestern) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in Washington's 20-6 loss to the Giants

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Registered seven tackles in the Buccaneers' 42-17 loss to the Saints

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Collected five solo tackles and one pass deflection in New England's 34-20 win over the Bills

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, in the Eagles' 24-22 win over the Cowboys

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Recorded two receptions and one touchdown in Carolina's 21-20 win over the Falcons

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Made five tackles in Minnesota's 14-13 defeat of the Lions

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Collected five tackles, including four solo, in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Junior Hemingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (Michigan) - Reeled in five receptions for 45 yards in Kansas City's 27-24 loss to the Chargers

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 331 yards on 30-of-51 passing and one touchdown in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to the Colts

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 41 yards in the Jets' 20-7 win over Miami

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 54 yards in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Led the team with 10 tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 27-9 loss to Seattle

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Made four tackles and recorded one sack in San Diego's 27-24 win over the Chiefs

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Collected seven tackles and one pass deflection in the Lions' 14-13 loss to Minnesota

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Carried the ball 10 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in the Cardinals' 23-20 loss to San Francisco

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Green Bay's 33-28 win over the Bears

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Reeled in five tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 34-20 defeat of the Bills

Kyle Orton, QB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Threw for 358 yards on 30-of-46 passing and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 24-22 loss to the Eagles

Domata Peko, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan State) - Collected eight tackles in Cincinnati's 34-17 win over the Ravens

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles and one pass deflection in the Titans' 16-10 win over the Texans

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with nine tackles, including six solo, in Jacksonville's 30-10 loss to Indianapolis

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders (Ohio State) - Completed 21-of-38 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Collected six tackles in Oakland's 34-14 loss to Denver

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois) - Carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 42-17 win over Tampa Bay

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Recorded nine solo tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Texans' 16-10 loss to Tennessee

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw 15-of-23 passing for 172 yards and one touchdown in Seattle's 27-9 win over the Rams

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo, and one sack in the Raiders' 34-14 loss to the Broncos

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penn State's Urschel Wins Senior CLASS Award

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Penn State senior standout John Urschel was named the winner of the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in the sport of football, it was announced on Monday.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, 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.

A mathematics major, Urschel finished his undergraduate degree in three years with a 4.0 grade point average, earned his first master's degree in math in one year and is working on a second master's degree in math education. He has taught math classes to Penn State students while playing football. In the community, Urschel has participated in the Penn State Uplifting Athletes Lift for Life, an event that has raised nearly $500,000 the last four years for the Kidney Cancer Association, He has also volunteered at the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) Make-A-Wish event, the THON pep rally, the Special Olympics Pennsylvania State Summer Games and Relay for Life. Named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press in 2013, Urschel is also a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree.

Urschel is the second Big Ten student-athlete to win the honor since it was first presented in 2008, joining former Ohio State standout James Laurinaitis, who won the award in its inaugural year.

Click here to read the full Penn State release.

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