Big Ten awards race update: Week 9

October, 27, 2010
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The field for Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year remains incredibly crowded, as Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins made a strong push after his clutch performance against Northwestern. The Defensive Player of the Year chase remains a three- or four-horse race, while Freshman of the Year could get a little more interesting down the stretch.

Let's take a looksie:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE: OFFENSE

(Player, season statistics)

[+] EnlargeRicky Stanzi
David Purdy/Getty ImagesThrough seven games last season, Ricky Stanzi had eight INTs.This season, he has just two.
1. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi: 124-for-182 passing (68.1 percent), 1,732 pass yards, 16 TDs, 2 INTs, passer rating of 174.9 (No. 2 nationally)

2. Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins: 141-for-212 passing (66.5 percent), 1,948 pass yards (No. 19 nationally), 14 TDs, 4 INTs, passer rating of 161.7 (No. 12 nationally)

3. Wisconsin RB John Clay: 160 carries, 887 rush yards (110.9 ypg, No. 12 nationally), 13 touchdowns (leads Big Ten, tied for fourth nationally), six 100-yard rushing performances

4. Michigan QB Denard Robinson: 137 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: 134-for-206 passing (66 percent), 1,775 pass yards, 18 TDs (leads Big Ten), 6 INTs, passer rating of 162.8 (11th nationally); 79 carries, 408 rush yards, 3 TDs; 1 reception for a 20-yard touchdown

Also in mix: Northwestern QB Dan Persa, Indiana QB Ben Chappell, Iowa RB Adam Robinson, Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure, Ohio State WR Dane Sanzenbacher

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE: DEFENSE

(Player, season statistics)

1. Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: 45 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss (leads Big Ten), 6.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

2. Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt: 39 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 6 pass breakups, 5 quarterback hurries, 2 blocked kicks, 1 forced fumble

3. Michigan State LB Greg Jones: 69 tackles (8.6 tpg), 3 forced fumbles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 5 quarterback hurries, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups

4. Illinois LB Martez Wilson: 64 tackles (9.1 tpg), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 2 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR RACE

(Player, season statistics)

1. Wisconsin RB James White: 86 carries, 570 rush yards (71.2 ypg, 6.6 ypc), 9 rush TDs (tied for third in league); 8 receptions, 64 receiving yards; 15 kick returns, 283 return yards

2. Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell: 89 carries, 574 rush yards (71.8 ypg, 6.4 ypc), 8 rush TDs (leads team); 6 receptions, 74 receiving yards

3. Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: 86-for-147 passing (58.9 percent), 904 pass yards, 6 TDs, 7 INTs; 72 carries, 333 rush yards, 2 TDs

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