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Minnesota running back David Cobb was named a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. Nominees must also be born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year Division I college in Texas. Cobb, who grew up in Killeen, Texas, and played at Ellison High School, leads the Gophers and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 942 rushing yards on the season, with seven touchdowns.

Three Big Ten student-athletes were named semifinalists for national awards today in tight ends Ted Bolser of Indiana and Devin Funchess of Michigan and wide receiver Allen Robinson of Penn State.

Bolser and Funchess were tabbed as semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. Bolser ranks fourth on the Hoosiers with 30 catches for 296 yards and five touchdowns while Funchess is second among the Wolverines with 42 receptions for 684 yards and five scores. Three Big Ten tight ends have claimed the Mackey Award - Purdue's Tim Stratton in 2000, Iowa's Dallas Clark in 2002 and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth in 2006.

Robinson was selected as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, honoring the country's top wide receiver. The Nittany Lions wideout is on pace to lead the Big Ten in both receptions and receiving yards for the second straight season. He currently tops the conference with 81 receptions for 1,204 yards with six touchdowns. Four Big Ten standouts have won the Biletnikoff Award - Penn State's Bobby Engram in 1994, Ohio State's Terry Glenn in 1995, Michigan State's Charles Rogers in 2002 and Michigan's Braylon Edwards in 2004.

NU's Budzien Named Lou Groza Award Star of the Week

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Northwestern's Jeff Budzien was named one of three "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. This week's top performances were drawn from the 20 semifinalists for the award.

Although Northwestern University dropped the first triple overtime game in school history, most of the Wildcats' points in the 27-19 loss to Michigan came on the foot of Budzien. On a rainy and windy night in Evanston, Budzien bested the elements to go four-of-four on field goals and added an extra point for a 13-point game. It's the second time in his career that he has made at least four field goals in a game, scoring from 40, 36, 29, and 22 yards out. The senior from Hartland, Wis. is now one point away from the Northwestern career record of 262 points. He also extended his school record for consecutive extra points, having converted all 132 point after tries in his career.

The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 12th. The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information on the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and to vote for your favorite Star of the Week, visit

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 for the second time this season. The 6-2, 230-pound senior led the Buckeyes with 16 tackles, including 3.5 for losses and forced a fumble in a 60-35 win over Illinois that kept the Buckeyes undefeated. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a donation of $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Ohio State to recognize Shazier's performance. For the season, Shazier leads the team with 88 tackles, 14.5 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles.

"He plays fast and with great confidence that has allowed him to excel," says Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer.

Shazier is one of nine semi-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.

Four Big Ten Programs in Latest BCS Standings

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, with three teams moving up in the poll and Minnesota making its first appearance since the 2008 season. Ohio State maintained its perfect record at 10-0 with a win at Illinois and held steady at No. 3 in the BCS rankings, the Buckeyes' highest placement since ending the 2007 campaign at No. 1 overall. Michigan State earned a road win at Nebraska to improve to 9-1 overall and rose three spots to No. 13 in the BCS poll, the Spartans' highest ranking since being slotted at No. 13 on Nov. 27, 2011. Wisconsin defeated Indiana to move to 8-2 overall and also climbed three slots to No. 19 in the BCS standings, the Badgers' first top-20 rating since ending the 2011 season at No. 10 overall. Minnesota stands at 8-2 after a bye on Saturday but moved into the BCS poll at No. 25, the Gophers first appearance since being ranked No. 17 on Oct. 26, 2008.

Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne have been nominated as finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 1990's.  The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the ninth of a series of names that will be unveiled each Sunday throughout the remainder of the college football regular season. In commemoration of the 100th Rose Bowl Game, the All-Century Class will highlight and honor great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All.  

Current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez began his career with the Badgers as head football coach in 1990 and spent 16 seasons building a nationally respected program before retiring in 2005 to his current post.  As the winningest coach in Wisconsin football history and only Big Ten coach to win Rose Bowl Games in back-to-back years, (1999-2000), he joins Ohio State's Woody Hayes as the only Big Ten coach with at least three Rose Bowl Game wins.  He finished his career with 118 coaching victories, a Wisconsin record, an 8-4 mark in 12 career bowl games, the 1993 national coach of the year and two Big Ten coach of the year awards.  Alvarez returned to the coaching ranks for his fourth appearance in Pasadena for the 2013 Rose Bowl Game.  He was a 2009 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee and later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Ron Dayne started four years at running back for the University of Wisconsin.  During his career, he set the NCAA Division I-A rushing record for total yards gaining 1,863 yards as a freshman, 1,421 as a sophomore, 1,325 as a junior and 1,834 as a senior.  Dayne led the Badgers to bowl games each season with his most impressive performances coming in the 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl Game victories where he rushed for 246 yards and 200 yards, respectively. Garnering Player of the Game honors in both appearances, he became the third player in the history of the Rose Bowl Game to win the award more than once -- and the first Big Ten player; a record still held today.  Dayne won the Heisman Trophy in 1999 along with numerous accolades, including Big Ten Player of the Year and All-America honors.  He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2011 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

The FWAA voting committee will select one Rose Bowl Game representative from each decade to comprise the All-Century Class.  In addition, one overall player and one overall coach will be highlighted at a press conference on Selection Sunday, which will take place on December 8, 2013, in Pasadena. For more information on the 100th Rose Bowl Game, please visit

Six Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Six Big Ten programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls, including four schools among the top 25. Ohio State matched a school record with its 22nd straight victory to remain undefeated at 10-0 overall and 6-0 in conference and was ranked No. 3 by the coaches and Harris voters and No. 4 by the media. Michigan State also boosted its unblemished conference record to 6-0 and moved to 9-1 overall to climb to No. 13 in each poll. Wisconsin improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in conference to move up to No. 16 in the media vote, No. 17 in the coaches' tally and No. 19 in the Harris vote. Coming off a bye, Minnesota jumped to No. 23 in the USA Today rankings, No. 25 in the Harris poll and was just outside the top 25 in the AP rankings. Michigan and Nebraska also received votes in at least one national poll.

Week 12 Stat Breakdown

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Rushing: Eight Big Ten rushers recorded 100 or more yards on the ground, including a pair of players surpassing 200 rushing yards - Ohio State's Carlos Hyde with 246 yards and four touchdowns at Illinois and Wisconsin's James White with 205 yards and one score against Indiana. Two more Badgers surpassed the 100-yard mark in Melvin Gordon (146 yards, 1 TD) and Corey Clement (108 yards, 2 TDs) and were joined in the century club by the Buckeyes' Braxton Miller (184 yards, 1 TD), Michigan State's Jeremy Langford (151 yards, 3 TDs), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (149 yards, 3 TDs) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (123 yards).

Passing: Four Big Ten signal callers threw for more than 200 yards, led by Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase with 288 passing yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State. Other Big Ten 200-yard passers were Michigan's Devin Gardner (226 yards, 1 TD), Purdue's Danny Etling (223 yards, 1 TD) and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg (212 yards, 1 TD).

Receiving: Three Big Ten players caught eight or more passes or totaled 100 or more receiving yards, led by Michigan's Jeremy Gallon with 10 catches for 115 yards at Northwestern. Illinois' Steve Hull hauled in eight passes for 105 yards with one score, while Penn State's Allen Robinson recorded eight receptions for 98 yards.

Tackles: Twelve conference standouts finished with 10 or more tackles, led by two players in the Illinois-Ohio State game - the Buckeyes' Ryan Shazier with 16 defensive stops and the Illini's Zane Petty with 15 tackles. Indiana's Clyde Newton and Ohio State's C.J. Barnett both posted 14 defensive stops while Michigan's James Ross III and Northwestern's Traveon Henry recorded 13 tackles each. The Wildcats' Damien Proby added 11 stops, while five other players registered 10 tackles.
Tackles for Loss: Six Big Ten defenders recorded 2.0 or more tackles for loss (TFLs), led by Ohio State's Ryan Shazier with 3.5 TFLs, including 1.5 sacks. Fellow-Buckeye Joey Bosa (2.5 sacks) and Penn State's Adrian Amos (1.5 sacks) both posted 2.5 TFLs while the Nebraska duo of Ciante Evans (1 sack) and David Santos and Northwestern's Traveon Henry collected 2.0 TFLs each.

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon were named semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. Abdullah leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally in rushing average at 134.8 yards per game, while Gordon ranks second in the league and eighth nationally at 128.9 yards per game. Six Big Ten players have earned the Doak Walker Award, including last year's honoree in the Badgers' Montee Ball.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named one of 15 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Wednesday. Since the award was first presented in 1937, 21 players from Big Ten programs have won the Walter Camp Award, with Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith the last to claim the honor in 2006. A list of five finalists will be announced on Dec. 2, with the winner announced on Dec. 12.
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