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Six Big Ten Standouts Garner FWAA or AFCA All-America Honors

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With Wednesday's announcement of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Football Writers' Association of America (FWAA) All-America teams, 19 Big Ten players have earned All-America accolades. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard was a first-team selection by both the AFCA and FWAA, while Wisconsin's Chris Borland was a first-team pick by the football writers. Four conference standouts were named second team picks by the FWAA, including Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Ohio State's Jack Mewhort and Ryan Shazier and Penn State's Allen Robinson. The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans can be found below:

OFFENSE
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa (FWAA second team)
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (Associated Press third team)
Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska (CBSSports.com second team)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team; Associated Press third team)
Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (ESPN.com first team; CBSSports.com, FWAA, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (CBSSports.com & Sporting News first team; FWAA and Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
John Urschel, OL, Penn State (Associated Press third team)
Ryan Groy, OL, Wisconsin (Associated Press third team)

DEFENSE
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State (Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (Associated Press third team)
Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (AFCA, Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, FWAA, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp first team)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (Associated Press third team)
C.J. Barnett, DB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today first team; FWAA, CBSSports.com and Walter Camp second team)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, FWAA, Sports Illustrated & USA Today second team)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State (CBSSports.com & ESPN.com first team)
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (Sporting News first team; USA Today & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 15

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Will Allen, S, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Collected five solo tackles in Pittsburgh's 30-20 defeat of Cincinnati

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) -
Notched two pass deflections and four solo tackles in the Giants' 23-0 loss to the Seahawks

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Michigan) - Totaled 40 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Philadelphia's 48-30 loss the Minnesota

Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Recorded one assisted sack, one forced fumble and one tackle in the Seahawks 23-0 shutout of the Giants

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) - Caught five passes for 49 yards in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 30-20 victory over Cincinnati

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska)
- Registered two interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown, two pass deflections and one solo tackle in the Bears' 38-31 win over Cleveland

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 364 yards on 34-for-55 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Dolphins

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 393 yards on 39-of-56 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 27-16 loss to the Rams

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills (Iowa) - Notched five receptions for 54 yards, including a long of 27, in the Bills' 27-20 defeat of the Jaguars

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Registered a sack and two tackles in the Bucs' 33-14 loss to the 49ers

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (Michigan State) - Threw for 381 yards on 29-for-45 passing and three touchdowns in Washington's 27-26 loss to Atlanta

Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets (Illinois) - Caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown reception in the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Registered a sack and two tackles in Green Bay's 37-36 victory over Dallas

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Totaled 10 tackles, including nine solo, and one forced fumble in Tampa Bay's 33-14 loss to the San Francisco

Jay Feely, PK, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed three field goals, including two from over 40 yards, and four extra point attempts in the Cardinals' 37-34 win over the Titans

Bradley Fletcher, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Iowa) - Notched seven solo tackles in the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Vikings

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State)
- Tallied eight tackles, including two for loss, and two pass deflections in the Bucs' 33-14 loss to the 49ers

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Registered five tackles in Minnesota's 48-30 win over Philadelphia

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati Bengals (Michigan) - Totaled five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Bengals' 30-20 loss to the Steelers

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles in the Jets' 30-20 loss to the Panthers

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 70 yards in the Dolphins' 24-20 win over the Patriots

Alex Henery, PK, Philadelphia Eagles (Nebraska) - Nailed three field goals, including a 51-yard attempt, and one extra-point in the Eagles' 48-30 loss to the Vikings

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in a touchdown catch in the Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Dolphins

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied six tackles, including five solo, and a pass deflection in the Packers' 37-36 defeat of the Cowboys

Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis Rams (Wisconsin) - Caught two passes and scored one touchdown in St. Louis' 27-16 win over New Orleans

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched four tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Redskins' 27-26 loss to the Falcons

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles, including four solo, and one pass deflection in the Rams' 27-16 victory over the Saints

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Collected five tackles, including four solo, in the Lions' 18-16 loss to the Ravens

Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 297 yards on 18-of-36 passing and two touchdowns in Oakland's 56-31 loss to Kansas City

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's 37-34 win over Tennessee

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Registered one sack and two tackles in Green Bay's 37-36 win over Dallas

Shaun Phillips, DE, Denver Broncos (Purdue) - Recorded one sack and two solo tackles in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Tallied seven tackles and one assisted sack in the Titans' 37-34 loss to the Cardinals

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Led the team with 13 tackles, including nine solo, and one sack in Jacksonville's 27-20 loss to Buffalo

Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers (Penn State) - Caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown in the Packers' 37-36 win over the Cowboys

Matt Shaughnessy, LB, Arizona Cardinals (Wisconsin) - Recorded three tackles and one sack in the Cardinals' 37-34 win over the Titans

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied six solo tackles in the Vikings' 48-30 victory over the Eagles

Marcus Thigpen, RB, Miami Dolphins (Indiana) - Recorded a touchdown reception in Miami's 24-20 defeat of New England

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois) - Totaled 62 yards on seven receptions and added 21 yards rushing in the Saints' 27-16 loss to the Rams

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 27-20 loss to San Diego

Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded three solo tackles and one sack in Miami's 24-20 win over New England

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Totaled five tackles in Houston's 25-3 loss to Indianapolis

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 206 yards on 18-of-27 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-0 win over the Giants

Eighteen Big Ten Football Players Earn All-America Accolades

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With the announcement of All-America teams by the Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, 18 Big Ten players have earned All-America laurels, including six first-team honorees. The Big Ten's first-team All-Americans are Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard and punter Mike Sadler, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien, Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Big Ten standouts earning second-team All-America accolades are Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen and defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska offensive lineman Spencer Long, Ohio State defensive back C.J. Barnett and running back Carlos Hyde and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Third-team All-America selections are Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel and Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy.

The full breakdown of Big Ten All-Americans, including honorees announced by the Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation last week, appears below:

OFFENSE
Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska (Associated Press third team)
Spencer Long, OL, Nebraska (CBSSports.com second team)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team; Associated Press third team)
Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State (ESPN.com first team; CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State (CBSSports.com & Sporting News first team; Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
John Urschel, OL, Penn State (Associated Press third team)
Ryan Groy, OL, Wisconsin (Associated Press third team)

DEFENSE
Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State (Sports Illustrated second team; Associated Press third team)
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State (Associated Press third team)
Shilique Calhoun, DL, Michigan State (Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp second team)
Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today & Walter Camp first team)
Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota (Associated Press third team)
C.J. Barnett, DB, Ohio State (CBSSports.com second team)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today first team; CBSSports.com & Walter Camp second team)
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated & USA Today second team)

SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State (CBSSports.com & ESPN.com first team)
Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (Sporting News first team; USA Today & Walter Camp second team; Associated Press third team)

Seven Big Ten Football Players Earn All-America Accolades

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 Seven Big Ten players earned All-America honors this week, including three first-team selections. A trio of Big Ten standouts were named to the Sporting News All-America team, including Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard, Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson. Dennard was also named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, while Budzien, Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan, Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun and the Ohio State duo of offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and linebacker Ryan Shazier were tabbed for second-team laurels.

MSU's Dennard Named Thorpe Award Winner

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Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard was named the winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, as announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's BoardWalk. Dennard is the first Spartan to win the award, which has been awarded annually since 1986 to the nation's best defensive back. 

He leads the 12-1 Spartans in passes defended (14), pass break-ups (10) and interceptions (4) and ranks fourth on the team in tackles (59) and fifth in production points (189). Dennard has been credited with 2.5 tackles for losses (6 yards) and ranks among the Big Ten leaders in interceptions (tied for third) and passes defended (tied for seventh at 1.08 per game). He helps anchor a defensive unit that ranks among the NCAA top 10 in seven different stat categories: rushing defense (first at 80.8 yards per game), total defense (first at 248.2 ypg.), opponent third-down conversions (first at .277; 53-of-191), passing efficiency defense (second with 91.5 rating), scoring defense (fourth at 12.7 points per game), turnover margin (seventh at +1.1 per game) and passing defense (sixth at 167.4 ypg.). The Spartans have been ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense for 13 consecutive weeks.

Dennard is the sixth Big Ten standout to claim the Thorpe Award, joining previous winners in Michigan's Charles Woodson (1997), Minnesota's Tyrone Carter (1999), Ohio State's Antoine Winfield (1998) and Malcolm Jenkins (2008) and Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher (2000).


 

 Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded annually since 1924 to the Big Ten's top player, to become just the fourth player in conference history to be honored twice. The Buckeyes junior averaged 263 yards of total offense per game and accounted for 32 total touchdowns while leading Ohio State to 12 wins, a second straight outright Leaders Division title, a berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game and a spot in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Miller was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the second consecutive season. The Silver Football was first awarded in 1924 to Illinois Hall of Famer Red Grange and has been given to the Big Ten's top player on an annual basis ever since. Only three other conference standouts have been honored twice - Minnesota halfback Paul Giel in 1952 and 1953, Ohio State halfback Archie Griffin in 1973 and 1974 and Indiana tailback Anthony Thompson in 1988 and 1989.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 14

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Mike Adams, S, Denver Broncos (Ohio State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Denver's 51-28 defeat of Tennessee

Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska)
- Notched six tackles, including five solo, in the Giants' 37-14 loss to the Chargers

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Illinois) -
Posted four tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Jaguars' 27-20 win over the Texans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) -
Rushed the ball 15 times for 77 yards and one touchdown in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State)
- Led the team with nine tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 19-17 win over Seattle

Zack Bowman, CB, Chicago Bears (Nebraska) -
Recorded eight tackles and one pass deflection in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan)
- Threw for 418 yards on 32-for-52 passing and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 27-26 victory over the Browns

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 313 yards on 30-of-42 passing and four touchdowns in New Orleans' 31-13 win over Carolina

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Led the team with nine tackles, two interceptions, two pass deflections and one sack in Tampa Bay's 27-6 win over Buffalo

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 51-28 win over Tennessee

William Gholston, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Michigan State)
- Notched four tackles, including one for loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection in the Bucs' 26-6 victory over the Bills

Robbie Gould, PK, Chicago Bears (Penn State) - Scored 13 points, including three field goals and four extra-points in Chicago's 45-28 win over Dallas

Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Caught eight passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in Houston's 27-20 loss to Jacksonville

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans (Iowa) - Rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' 51-28 loss to the Broncos

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa)
- Registered 11 tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 29-26 loss to the Ravens

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Chiefs' 45-10 win over the Redskins

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Led the team with eight tackles, including five solo, in the Jets' 37-27 win over the Raiders

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown in Miami's 34-28 win over Pittsburgh

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Notched four tackles and one pass deflection in the Packers' 22-21 win over the Falcons

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Passed for two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Jaguars' 27-20 defeat of the Texans

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Notched a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, one sack and one pass deflection in Pittsburgh's 34-28 loss to Miami

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets (Ohio State) - Caught three passes for 55 yards in the Jets' 37-27 victory over the Raiders

Micah Hyde, CB, Green Bay Packers (Iowa) - Tallied five tackles, including four solo, in Green Bay's 22-21 victory over Atlanta

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Registered nine tackles, including six solo, in the Saints' 31-13 win over the Panthers

Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Washington Redskins (Purdue) - Notched eight tackles, including seven solo, in the Redskins' 45-10 loss to the Chiefs

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded five tackles and one pass deflection in the Rams' 30-10 loss to the Cardinals

Sean Lee, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Penn State) - Tallied six tackles in the Cowboys' 45-28 loss to the Bears

Keshawn Martin, WR, Houston Texans (Michigan State) - Notched four receptions, including a touchdown catch, in Houston's 27-20 loss to Jacksonville

Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 245 yards on 18-of-31 passing and two touchdowns in the Raider's 37-27 loss to the Jets

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Ran for 41 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's 30-10 defeat of St. Louis

Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Reeled in four passes and a touchdown reception in the Giants' 37-14 loss to the Chargers

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Recorded one forced fumble and one tackle in Green Bay's 22-21 win over Atlanta

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Registered seven tackles and one sack in the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Browns

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Totaled seven solo tackles and three pass deflections in Tennessee's 51-28 loss to Denver

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Recorded a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, in Jacksonville's 27-20 defeat of Houston

Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers (Penn State) - Caught six passes for 66 yards and one touchdown in Green Bay's 22-21 win over Atlanta

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Led the team with nine tackles, including eight solo, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the Jets

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Tallied five tackles, an interception and a pass deflection in the Vikings' 29-26 loss to Baltimore

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Registered a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, in Detroit's 34-20 loss to Philadelphia

Cameron Wake, DE, Miami Dolphins (Penn State) - Recorded three solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Dolphins' 34-28 win over the Steelers

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Registered three solo tackles and one pass deflection in Houston's 27-29 loss to Jacksonville

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 199 yards on 15-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 19-17 loss to the 49ers

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, in the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the Jets

Penn State's Urschel Earns William V. Campbell Trophy

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Penn State standout John Urschel was named the recipient of the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 56th annual celebration of college football. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel is the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Campbell Trophy, which was first presented in 1990. The William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, is presented to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete. A two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Urschel will receive a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work.

A 4.0 grade-point average student for Bill O'Brien's squad, Urschel was the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected a Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. He follows another standout offensive lineman and first-team Academic All-American, Stefen Wisniewski (2010), on the distinguished list. Penn State is tied for third in the nation with its 17 Scholar-Athlete recipients. Nebraska (22) and Ohio State (20) are the only schools with more honorees than the Nittany Lions. The Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Awards are awarded on an annual basis to a select group of college football players in their senior year of eligibility who have demonstrated outstanding academic success, strong leadership, citizenship and superior football performance.       
 
Urschel is the first Big Ten student-athlete since 2003 to win the Campbell Trophy and the fifth overall from a current Big Ten institution. Other Campbell Trophy winners from current Big Ten schools are the Nebraska duo of Robert Zatechka (1994) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and the Ohio State pair of Bobby Hoying (1995) and Craig Krenzel (2003).
   
A 6-3, 301-pound guard, Urschel has established himself as one of the nation's exceptional football student-athletes. A starter in all 24 games the past two seasons and the anchor of the offensive line, he has earned a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career and was among seven of the 171 Scholar-Athlete nominees with a 4.0 GPA from all NCAA and NAIA divisions. Elected a 2013 co-captain, Urschel is among the eight Nittany Lions who had earned their degrees prior to the season. Urschel graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in math in three years, earned his master's degree in math in one year, and is working on a second master's, in math education while maintaining his 4.0 GPA. Urschel plans to pursue a Ph.D. upon completion of his football career. 

Urschel has taught a section of Math 232 - Integral Vector Calculus - this semester on the University Park campus, in addition to his academic and football responsibilities. He taught a section of Math 041 - Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry - during the 2013 spring semester. Urschel has participated in the Penn State Lift for Life, THON events, the Relay for Life and the Special Olympics Pennsylvania State Summer Games during his collegiate career. a paper written by Urschel titled, "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" was published in 2012 in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamic Astronomy. He has a second paper accepted for publication, "A Space-Time Multigrid Method for the Numerical Valuation of Barrier Options" in the journal, Communications in Mathematical Finance, and has written two additional papers that will be submitted soon for consideration to be published.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was named the winner of the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football. Narduzzi led a Spartans defense that ended the regular season topping the country in total and rushing defense, while ranking fourth in scoring defense. Michigan State stands at 12-1 after winning the Big Ten Football Championship Game and is headed to the Rose Bowl Game for the first time since the 1987 season. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles had a track record of producing some of the most successful assistant coaches in college football history. Big Ten assistant coaches have claimed the Broyles Award on two previous occasions - Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann in 1997 and Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Heacock in 2007.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Penn State's Bill O'Brien were named three of 10 finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Dantonio was named the Big Ten Hayes-Schembechler and Dave McClain Coach of the Year and led the Spartans to their first outright Big Ten Championship and first Rose Bowl Game berth since the 1987 season and second outright Legends Division title in the last three years. Meyer guided the Buckeyes to a school-record 24-game winning streak to start his tenure in Columbus, a second straight outright Leaders Division title and a berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game. O'Brien wrapped up his second campaign with the Nittany Lions with a road victory at nationally ranked Wisconsin to end the season at 7-5 overall and 4-4 in conference, good for third in the Leaders Division. Fans can vote for the winner of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award by clicking on this link. Since the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award was created in 2006, Illinois' Ron Zook is the lone conference coach to earn the honor in 2007.
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