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Three Linebackers Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalists

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Three Big Ten linebackers are among the nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced on Wednesday. Iowa's James Morris, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier and Wisconsin's Chris Borland are up the for the IMPACT Trophy, which is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. The finalists 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.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 10

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Pat Angerer, LB, Indianapolis Colts (Iowa) - Tallied eight tackles, including five solo in Indianapolis' 38-8 loss to St. Louis

Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) -
Tallied one sack and two solo tackles in the Seahawks' 33-10 win over the Falcons

Jonathan Babineaux, DT, Atlanta Falcons (Iowa) - Registered eight tackles, including two for a loss, in Atlanta's 33-10 loss to Seattle

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Illinois) - Tallied three solo tackles and two pass deflections in the Jaguars' 29-27 win over the Titans

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State) - Ran for 57 yards and a touchdown, along with posting three receptions, in Pittsburgh's 23-10 win over Buffalo

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State)
- Registered seven solo tackles in San Francisco's 10-9 loss to Carolina

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) -
Threw for 392 yards on 34-of-41 passing and four touchdowns in the Saints' 49-17 victory over the Cowboys

Dallas Clark, TE, Baltimore Ravens (Iowa) - Reeled in a touchdown reception in the Ravens' 20-17 victory over the Bengals

Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) -
Recorded seven tackles in Tampa Bay's 22-19 win over Miami

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) -
Posted three receptions for 52 yards, averaging 17.3 yards per catch, in Denver's 28-20 defeat of San Diego

Glenn Foster, DE, New Orleans Saints (Illinois)
- Recorded one solo tackle, one sack and one pass deflection in the Saints' 49-17 defeat of the Cowboys

Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa)
- Tied for a team-high 16 tackles in Minnesota's 34-27 defeat of Washington

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Ohio State) - Caught five passes for 57 yards in the Dolphins' 22-19 loss to the Buccaneers

A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Tallied seven solo tackles in Green Bay's 27-13 loss to Philadelphia

Cameron Heyward, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Ohio State) - Notched six tackles, including five solo, and one sack in the Steelers' 23-10 win over the Bills

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Recorded one interception, one pass deflection and eight tackles in the Rams' 38-8 defeat of the Colts

DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions (Wisconsin) - Notched one interception, one pass deflection and six tackles in Detroit's 21-19 win over Chicago

Bernard Pollard, S, Tennessee Titans (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in Tennessee's 29-27 loss to Jacksonville

Tracy Porter, CB, Oakland Raiders (Indiana) -
Registered three solo tackles and a pass deflection and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Raiders' 24-20 loss to the Giants

Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State)
- Notched one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and eight tackles in Jacksonville's 29-27 win over Tennessee

Nick Roach, LB, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern)
- Recorded seven tackles, including six solo, in the Raiders' 24-20 loss to the Giants

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Detroit Lions (Nebraska) - Notched one sack, one pass deflection and two solo tackles in the Lions' 21-19 win over the Bears

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints (Illinois)
- Recorded two touchdowns in the Saints' 49-17 win over the Cowboys

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Notched six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 28-20 win over San Diego

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) -
Registered one sack and four solo tackles in the Texans' 27-24 loss to the Cardinals

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Recorded one forced fumble and six tackles in the 49ers' 10-9 loss to the Panthers

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 287 yards on 19-of-26 passing and two touchdowns in the Seahawks' 33-10 win over the Falcons

Charles Woodson, S, Oakland Raiders (Michigan) - Posted seven tackles, including five solo, in the Raiders' 24-20 loss to the Giants

Four Players Nominated for 2013 Burlsworth Trophy

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Four Big Ten players are among the nominees for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the country's outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Iowa's Mike Meyer, Nebraska's Spencer Long, Ohio State's Craig Cataline and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis are in the running for the award, with the winner announced on Dec. 9. Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was the Big Ten's first recipient of the honor, earning the distinction last season.
Nebraska's Randy Gregory was named to the mid-season watch list for the 2013 Ted Hendricks Award, which honors the nation's top defensive end. Gregory tops the Big Ten with 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, leads the team with 10 quarterback hurries and ranks third on the squad with 39 tackles. Two Big Ten standouts have claimed the Hendricks Award - Michigan's LaMarr Woodley in 2006 and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus in 2011.

Three Players Named Finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy

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On Monday, three Big Ten players were named finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase, Iowa's James Morris and Minnesota's Chris Hawthorne are among the 12 finalists for the honor, with the winner announced on December 10. Ohio State's Joel Penton won the Wuerffel Trophy in 2006.

Three Big Ten Teams in Latest BCS Standings

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Three Big Ten teams appear in the latest Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, with all three squads moving up at least one slot from last week's poll. Ohio State had a bye on Saturday but moved up one spot to No. 3 in the BCS rankings, the Buckeyes' highest ranking since ending the 2007 campaign at No. 1 overall. Michigan State also had a bye and climbed one slot to No. 16, cracking the top 16 for the first time since ranking No. 13 on Nov. 27, 2011. Wisconsin wrapped up non-conference play with a victory over BYU to move up to No. 22, the Badgers' highest ranking since ending the 2011 season at No. 10 overall.

Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler was nominated as one of three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class as representatives from the 1980's.  The candidates, as voted by an esteemed panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), are the eighth 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.

The sixth winningest college football coach of all-time in terms of winning percentage, Glen 'Bo' Schembechler led the University of Michigan to a record 10 Rose Bowl Game appearances during his 21-year tenure as the Wolverines coach (1969-89).  In addition, Michigan's three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances (1977, '78, '79) trails only USC's John McKay and Pete Carroll, as well as Ohio State's Woody Hayes, who led their teams to four straight trips to Pasadena.  Following the 1980 season, Schembechler gained the first of his two Rose Bowl Game victories by beating the Washington Huskies. Schembechler retired from coaching after the 1990 Rose Bowl Game. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl and College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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

Five Big Ten Teams Receiving Votes in Latest Polls

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Five Big Ten programs are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP), USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls, including four teams among the top 25. Coming off a bye on Saturday, Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 3 in each national ranking, the Buckeyes' first top-three rating since Oct. 13. Michigan State also had a bye and climbed at least three spots in each poll, landing at No. 14 in the media vote, No. 16 in the coaches' tally and No. 15 in the Harris poll. The Spartans cracked the top 15 for the first time since Sept. 9, 2012, when they were slotted No. 10 in the AP and USA Today polls. Wisconsin wrapped up non-conference play with a victory over BYU to move up in each vote, appearing at No. 17 in the AP poll, No. 20 in the USA Today rankings and No. 21 in the Harris vote. The Badgers claimed their highest ranking this season and are back in the top 20 for the first time since Sept. 8, when they were tied for No. 18 in the coaches' vote and No. 20 in the AP rankings. Minnesota improved to 8-2 to crack the top 25 for the first time since the 2008 campaign, rating No. 25 in the USA Today poll and just outside the top 25 in the media and Harris tally. The last time the Gophers appeared among the top 25 was when they were ranked No. 20 in both the AP and USA Today polls on Oct. 26, 2008. After a victory over Michigan, Nebraska is now 7-2 and receiving votes in each poll.

Week 11 Stat Breakdown

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Rushing: Seven Big Ten rushers recorded 100 or more yards on the ground, led a pair of Indiana running backs in Tevin Coleman (215 yards, 2 TDs) and Stephen Houston (150 yards, 2 TDs) in a victory over Illinois. Other Big Ten players to surpass the 100-yard mark were Iowa's Jordan Canzeri (165 yards, one TD), Penn State's Zach Zwinak (150 yards, 1 TD), Wisconsin's James White (147 yards, 2 TDs), Minnesota's David Cobb (139 yards, 1 TD) and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (105 yards, 1 TD).

Passing: Two Big Ten signal callers threw for more than 250 yards, with Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase passing for 450 yards and two touchdowns and Indiana's Nate Sudfeld posting 267 yards and three scoring strikes in the Hoosiers' win over the Illini.

Receiving: Three Big Ten players caught eight or more passes or totaled 100 or more receiving yards, led by Indiana's Cody Latimer hauling in 11 throws for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Illinois' Steve Hull racking up 224 yards on nine catches with two scores in the Hoosiers' victory over the Illini. Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis collected eight passes for 67 yards against BYU.

Tackles: Eight conference standouts finished with nine or more tackles, led by the Wisconsin duo of Chris Borland with 13 defensive stops and Michael Caputo with 12 tackles against BYU. Indiana's Clyde Newton posted 11 stops, while five players recorded nine tackles - Illinois Earnest Thomas III, Indiana's David Cooper, the Minnesota pair of Antonio Johnson and Eric Murray and Penn State's Mike Hull.

Tackles for Loss: Six Big Ten defenders recorded 2.5 or more tackles for loss (TFLs), led by three standouts with three TFLs - Illinois' Houston Bates (1 sack), Michigan's Jibreel Black and Nebraska's Randy Gregory (3 sacks). Three conference players collected 2.5 TFLs in Iowa's Drew Ott (1.5 sacks), Penn State's C.J. Olaniyan (0.5 sacks) and Wisconsin's Chris Borland (2 sacks).

Three Big Ten Punters Named Semifinalists for Ray Guy Award

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Michigan State's Mike Sadler, Ohio State's Cameron Johnson and Purdue's Cody Webster have been named semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the most outstanding punter in college football. Webster leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally with 44.8 yards per punt, while Sadler rates second in the conference at 42.8 yards per boot and Johnston ranks fifth with 40.9 yards per punt. Three Big Ten punters have claimed the Ray Guy Award - Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003.
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