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Big Ten awards race update: Week 8

10/20/2010

It's time to check in on the ever-changing race for the Big Ten awards.

The field for offensive player of the year remains packed and keeps shuffling, while we've seen clear separation in the defensive player of the year and freshman of the year races. Remember that candidates can play their way into races or play their way out of races every week.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE: OFFENSE

(Player, season statistics)

1. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi: 99-for-145 passing (68.3 percent), 1,474 pass yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs, passer rating of 180.5 (No. 3 nationally)

2. Wisconsin RB John Clay: 136 carries, 796 rush yards (113.7 ypg, No. 13 nationally), 11 TDs (leads league), six 100-yard rushing performances

3. Indiana QB Ben Chappell: 158-for-230 passing (68.7 percent), 1,858 pass yards, 16 TDs, 3 INTs, passer rating of 156.9 (19th nationally)

4. Michigan QB Denard Robinson: 37 carries, 1,096 rush yards (156.6 ypg, 2nd nationally), 9 TDs; 97-for-143 passing (67.8 percent), 1,319 pass yards, 9 TDs, 5 INTs, passer rating of 159.1 (16th nationally)

5. Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor: 118-for-181 passing (65.2 percent), 1,505 pass yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs, passer rating of 158 (17th nationally); 75 carries, 410 rush yards, 3 TDs; 1 reception for a 20-yard touchdown

Also in mix: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins, Northwestern QB Dan Persa, Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien, Iowa RB Adam Robinson, Michigan State RB Edwin Baker

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE: DEFENSE

(Player, season statistics)

1. Michigan State LB Greg Jones: 60 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 5 quarterback hurries, 2 pass breakups

2. Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: 41 tackles (leads team), 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, 1 pass breakup

3. Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt: 34 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries, 6 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

(Player, season statistics)

1. Wisconsin RB James White: 80 carries, 560 rush yards (80 ypg, 7 ypc), 9 rush TDs (tied for second in league)

2. Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell: 81 carries, 562 rush yards (80.3 ypg, 6.9 ypc), 8 rush TDs (fifth in league)

3. Purdue QB Rob Henry: 2-0 as Boilers' starter, 64 carries, 356 rush yards (59.3 ypg, 5.6 ypc), 4 rush TDs; 67-for-99 passing (67.7 percent), 512 pass yards, 3 TDs, 4 INTs, passer rating of 113