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Five Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive polls, including two teams among the top 10. Ohio State improved to 12-0 on the season with a 42-41 win at Michigan, and moved to No. 2 in all three national polls. Michigan State climbed to No. 10 in the AP and Harris poll and No. 9 in the coaches' ballot after a 14-3 win over Minnesota. The Buckeyes and Spartans, who both finished their conference seasons with unbeaten records, are set to meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin moved to No. 21 in all three ballots. Iowa and Minnesota received votes in both the AP and coaches'  polls.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced that Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey has been named the Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending Nov. 30. Kirksey recorded 11 tackles, including three for losses, one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in the Hawkeyes' 38-17 win over Nebraska. With the win, Iowa improved to 8-4, 5-3 in the Big Ten. Kirksey is the third Hawkeye player to earn Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Iowa linebackers Chad Greenway (Sept. 5, 2004) and Mike Klinkenborg (Sept. 17, 2006).

Week 14 Stat Breakdown

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Rushing: Nine Big Ten rushers recorded 100 or more yards on the ground, led by the Ohio State duo of running back Carlos Hyde with 226 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Braxton Miller with 153 yards and three scores in a victory at Michigan. Indiana produced three 100-yard rushers in Tre Roberson (154 yards), Stephen Houston (120 yards, 2 TDs) and D'Angelo Roberts (113 yards). Other Big Ten 100-yard rushers were Michigan State's Jeremy Langford (134 yards, 1 TD), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (115 yards), Illinois' Josh Ferguson (110 yards, 2 TDs) and Minnesota's David Cobb (101 yards).

Passing: Six Big Ten signal callers threw for more than 300 yards, led by 400-yard outings for Purdue's Danny Etling (485 yards, 4 TDs), Michigan's Devin Gardner (451 yards, 4 TDs) and Northwestern's Trevor Siemian (414 yards, 4 TDs). Big Ten 300-yard passers were Penn State's Christian Hackenberg (339 yards, 4 TDs), Wisconsin's Joel Stave (339 yards, 3 TDs) and Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase (307 yards, 2 TDs).

Receiving: Nine Big Ten players totaled 100 or more receiving yards, led by Northwestern's Christian Jones with 13 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns at Illinois. Other Big Ten 100-yard receivers were Michigan's Jeremy Gallon (175 yards, 1 TD), Illinois' Steve Hull (155 yards, 1 TD), the Purdue duo of Danny Anthrop (151 yards, 1 TD) and DeAngelo Yancey (125 yards, 1 TD), Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis (135 yards), Penn State's Allen Robinson (122 yards), Northwestern's Rashad Lawrence (112 yards, 1 TD) and Indiana's Cody Latimer (110 yards, 1 TD).

Tackles: Seventeen conference standouts finished with 10 or more tackles, led by two defenders with 17 defensive stops - Illinois' Jonathan Brown and Nebraska's Michael Rose. The Northwestern tandem of Chi Chi Ariguzo and Damien Proby and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier collected 14 tackles. Michigan State's Denicos Allen registered 13 stops while Purdue's Will Lucas posted 12 tackles.

Tackles for Loss: Ten Big Ten defenders recorded 2.0 or more tackles for loss (TFLs), led by Iowa's James Morris with four TFLs, including one sack, against Nebraska. Fellow-Hawkeye Christian Kirksey (1 sack) and the Cornhuskers' Michael Rose collected three TFLs each, while the Michigan State duo of Shilique Calhoun and Marcus Rush (2 sacks) both posted 2.5 TFLs.

Saturday's game between Penn State and Wisconsin will mark the end of the 2013 regular season for both teams. However, the game will also mark the final regular season game in the career of football official Bill LeMonnier, who has given 20 years of service to the Big Ten's officiating program.  During his career, LeMonnier has put together an impressive list of accomplishments and has become one of the most respected and recognizable football officials in America.  In 2011, LeMonnier was selected as the referee for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, and was also honored by the National Football Foundation with the organization's Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football Award. He has worked 15 postseason bowl games, including the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Earlier this year, LeMonnier was recognized by the National Association of Sports Officials with the "Gold Whistle Award." The Big Ten thanks Bill LeMonnier for his 20 years of dedicated service to the sport of football and the conference's officiating program.

Wisconsin's Abbrederis Named Burlsworth Trophy Finalist

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Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was named one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, an award that honors college football's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on. A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Abbrederis enters his final game at Camp Randall Stadium this Saturday ranked No. 2 in UW history in receptions (185), receiving yards (2,975) and touchdown receptions (23). With 916 yards already this season, Abbrederis is the first player in school history to record at least 800 receiving yards in three separate seasons. Also an accomplished returner, he ranks seventh all-time at Wisconsin in all-purpose yards with 4,655. The Wautoma, Wis., native ranks fifth in the Big Ten in receiving at 83.3 yards per game and has scored a total of nine touchdowns this season. The Burlsworth Trophy was first presented in 2010, with Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin the most recent recipient in 2012.

Seven assistant coaches from Big Ten schools have been named nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in America, as announced on Wednesday. Seth Littrell (Indiana), Phil Parker (Iowa), Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Tim Beck (Nebraska), Tom Herman (Ohio State) and Dave Aranda (Wisconsin) are among 40 assistants to earn recognition for the award.

Littrell leads an Indiana offense that is tied for second in the Big Ten with 36.8 points per game and is second in total offense with 491.8 yards per game. The Hoosiers have score 408 points so far this season, including 54 touchdowns.

Under Parker, the Iowa defense ranks third in the conference in total defense, surrendering just 304.5 yards per game. The Hawkeyes have held opponents to only 18.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.

Narduzzi's Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 236.6 yards per game. The Spartans also lead the conference in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game, a total that ranks fourth in the country.

Claeys took on many of the day-to-day head coaching duties for Minnesota during head coach Jerry Kill's leave of absence, guiding the Gophers to eight victories and their first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series standings since 2008.

Beck has led a Nebraska's offense that ranks fourth in the conference in both scoring (34.0 points per game) and total offense (433.3 yards per game). Nebraska has averaged 233.7 rushing yards per game this season, ranking third in the conference in that category.

Under Herman, the Ohio State offense has led all conference schools in scoring offense (48.7 points per game), total offense (530.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (314.7 yards per game). The Buckeyes rank among the top seven nationally in all three categories.

Aranda leads a Wisconsin defense that ranks second in the conference in scoring defense (13.4 points per game), total defense (278.5 yards per game) and passing defense (179.4 yards per game). The Badgers rank among the top 10 nationally in all three categories

Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has garnered several nominations and one recipient in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec.10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.
Seven assistant coaches from Big Ten schools have been named nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in America, as announced on Wednesday. Seth Littrell (Indiana), Phil Parker (Iowa), Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Tim Beck (Nebraska), Tom Herman (Ohio State) and Dave Aranda (Wisconsin) are among 40 assistants to earn recognition for the award.

Littrell leads an Indiana offense that is tied for second in the Big Ten with 36.8 points per game and is second in total offense with 491.8 yards per game. The Hoosiers have scored 408 points so far this season, including 54 touchdowns.

Under Parker, the Iowa defense ranks third in the conference in total defense, surrendering just 304.5 yards per game. The Hawkeyes have held opponents to only 18.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten.

Narduzzi's Michigan State defense leads the nation in total defense, allowing just 236.6 yards per game. The Spartans also lead the conference in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game, a total that ranks fourth in the country.

Claeys took on many of the day-to-day head coaching duties for Minnesota during head coach Jerry Kill's leave of absence, guiding the Gophers to eight victories and their first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series standings since 2008.

Beck has led a Nebraska offense that ranks fourth in the conference in both scoring (34.0 points per game) and total offense (433.3 yards per game). Nebraska has averaged 233.7 rushing yards per game this season, ranking third in the conference in that category.

Under Herman, the Ohio State offense has led all conference schools in scoring offense (48.7 points per game), total offense (530.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (314.7 yards per game). The Buckeyes rank among the top seven nationally in all three categories.

Aranda leads a Wisconsin defense that ranks second in the conference in scoring defense (13.4 points per game), total defense (278.5 yards per game) and passing defense (179.4 yards per game). The Badgers rank among the top 10 nationally in all three categories

Since the inception of the Broyles Award in 1996, the Big Ten has garnered several nominations and one recipient in Ohio State's Jim Heacock (2007). The 2013 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec.10, at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 12

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Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Notched six solo tackles and one pass deflection in the Giants' 24-21 loss to the Cowboys

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin) -
Carried the ball seven times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards in Denver's 34-31 overtime loss to New England

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) -
Ran for 80 yards and notched two receptions in the Steelers' 27-11 win over the Browns

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) -
Registered nine tackles, including five solo, in San Francisco's 27-6 win over Washington

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan)
- Threw for 344 yards on 34-for-50 passing, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 34-31 overtime win over the Broncos

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) -
Threw for 278 yards on 23-of-33 passing and two touchdowns in the Saints' 17-13 victory over the Falcons

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) -
Registered five tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in Tampa Bay's 24-21 defeat of Detroit

Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers (Iowa)
- Tallied three tackles and a sack in Green Bay's 26-26 tie with Minnesota

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska)
- Recorded a team-high 12 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass deflection in Tampa Bay's 24-21 win over Detroit

Jay Feely, PK, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan)
- Tallied 16 points, kicking four field goals, including one from 50 yards, and four extra point attempts in the Cardinals' 40-11 win over the Colts

Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin)
- Notched five receptions for 32 yards in the Texans' 13-6 loss to the Jaguars

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa)
- Tallied nine tackles, including eight solo, in the Vikings' 26-26 tie with the Packers

David Harris, LB, New York Jets (Michigan) - Registered eight tackles, including five solo, in the Jets' 19-3 loss to the Ravens

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 78 yards, including a long of 26 yards, in the Dolphins' 20-16 loss to the Panthers

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Collected 11 tackles, including nine solo, one sack and one forced fumble in the Packers' 26-26 tie with the Vikings

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Michigan) - Threw for 239 yards on 23-for-32 passing in the Jaguars' 13-6 victory over the Texans

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Recorded one sack and two tackles in the Steelers' 27-11 win over the Browns

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Tallied five tackles and one pass deflection in the Saints' 17-13 win over the Falcons

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Notched seven tackles, including six solo, and one pass deflection in St. Louis' 42-21 win over Chicago

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Registered nine tackles and one pass deflection in the Lions' 24-21 loss to the Bucs

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in four passes for 45 yards in San Francisco's 27-6 defeat of Washington

Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (Penn State) - Threw for 260 yards on 19-of-32 passing and one touchdown in Oakland's 23-19 loss to Tennessee

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals (Illinois) - Rushed for a touchdown in the Cardinals' 40-11 win over the Colts

Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans (Illinois) - Notched six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a sack in Houston's 13-6 loss to Jacksonville

Brandon Meyers, TE, New York Giants (Iowa) - Tallied a touchdown reception in the Giants' 24-21 loss to the Cowboys

Mike Neal, DE, Green Bay Packers (Purdue) - Collected seven tackles and one sack in Green Bay's 26-26 tie with Minnesota

Rob Ninkovich, DL, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Led the team with 13 solo tackles in New England's 34-31 overtime win over Denver

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles in the Titans' 23-19 win over the Raiders

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Registered a team-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo, and one pass deflection in Jacksonville's 13-6 win over Houston

Allen Reisner, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars (Iowa) - Caught five passes for 40 yards, including a long of 16, in the Jaguars' 13-6 win over the Texans

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern) - Notched 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in Oakland's 23-19 loss to Tennessee

Marcus Sherels, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota) - Notched five tackles, including four solo, in the Vikings' 26-26 tie with the Packers

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois)
- Rushed for 73 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards in New Orleans' 17-13 win over Atlanta

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) -
Tallied a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo, and one sack in Houston's 13-6 loss to Jacksonville

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded one interception, one pass deflection and five tackles in the 49ers' 27-6 defeat of the Redskins

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan)
- Posted eight tackles, including six solo, in the Raiders' 23-19 loss to the Titans

Two Linebackers Tabbed Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalists

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Two Big Ten linebackers are among the four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced on Tuesday. Iowa's James Morris and Wisconsin's Chris Borland are up for the IMPACT Trophy, which is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Each finalist will be honored at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet on Dec. 8. Two former conference standouts have won the trophy, Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt in 2010.

Purdue's Cody Webster Tabbed Finalist for Ray Guy Award

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Purdue's Cody Webster has been named a finalist for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, honoring the nation's top punter. Webster is currently tied for first in the conference in punting, averaging 43.5 yards per punt. The winner of the Guy Award will be announced live on ESPN on Dec. 12. Three Big Ten punters have earned the honor since first awarded in 2000, with Ohio State's B.J. Sander the last in 2003.  


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