Five Big Ten players nominated for Rudy Award

December, 10, 2008
12/10/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Five Big Ten players have been nominated for the Rudy Award, which is exactly what it sounds like, an honor going to a player (often a walk-on or former walk-on) who exhibits character, courage, contribution and commitment during their college careers.

The award is presented by The Rudy Foundation, started by college football's most famous walk-on, former Notre Dame player Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. Fifty-three FBS programs submitted nominees, and three Rudy Award finalists will be selected and honored at a banquet Jan. 12 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Big Ten's nominees are:

  • Indiana defensive end Jammie Kirlew
  • Iowa center Rob Bruggeman
  • Michigan State safety Otis Wiley
  • Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler
  • Purdue safety Frank Duong
For a full list of nominees, click here.

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