The 2010 All-Big Ten teams, award winners

November, 29, 2010
11/29/10
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The 2010 Big Ten awards and all-conference teams are here. Check 'em out.

AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year: Michigan QB Denard Robinson (media and coaches)
Defensive Player of the Year:
Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan (media and coaches)
Freshman of the Year:
Wisconsin RB James White (media and coaches)
Coach of the Year:
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (media vote only)
Offensive Lineman of the Year:
Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi (coaches vote only)
Defensive lineman of the Year:
Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan (coaches vote only)

My take: After some head-scratching choices for both preseason and postseason awards in recent years, the Big Ten coaches and media got this right across the board. Of course, they could have just read my endorsements posted earlier today. Most of you know my feelings on Kerrigan, and I'm really pleased to see him get rewarded for an outstanding season after being snubbed for several national awards. White, Dantonio and Carimi were pretty obvious choices to me, and Robinson got the nod for his incredible production as both a rusher and as a passer. Robinson was so unique that the coaches voted him Offensive Player of the Year but didn't list him as their first- or second-team quarterback. Overall, I have no major complaints.

Now, onto the all-conference teams.

COACHES FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB: Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
RB: Dan Herron, Ohio State
WR: Tandon Doss, Indiana*
WR: Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa*
WR: Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State*
C: David Molk, Michigan
G: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
G: John Moffitt, Wisconsin
T: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
T: Mike Adams, Ohio State
TE: Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
K: Dan Conroy, Michigan State

Defense

DL: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
DL: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
DL: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
LB: Greg Jones, Michigan State
LB: Ross Homan, Ohio State
LB: Brian Rolle, Ohio State
DB: Shaun Prater, Iowa
DB: Tyler Sash, Iowa
DB: Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
DB: Jermale Hines, Ohio State
P: Anthony Santella, Illinois

COACHES SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB: Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
RB: Evan Royster, Penn State
RB: John Clay, Wisconsin
WR: Marvin McNutt, Iowa#
C: Mike Brewster, Ohio State
G: Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
G: Justin Boren, Ohio State
T: Riley Reiff, Iowa
T: D.J. Young, Michigan State
TE: Allen Reisner, Iowa
K: Derek Dimke, Illinois

Defense

DL: Corey Liuget, Illinois
DL: Karl Klug, Iowa
DL: Mike Martin, Michigan
DL: Ollie Ogbu, Penn State
LB: Martez Wilson, Illinois
LB: Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa
LB: Eric Gordon, Michigan State
DB: Brett Greenwood, Iowa*
DB: Johnny Adams, Michigan State*
DB: Trenton Robinson, Michigan State*
DB: Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State*
DB: Aaron Henry, Wisconsin*
P: Aaron Bates, Michigan State

*-Additional honorees because of ties
#-Only one second-team selection because of additional first-team selection

MEDIA FIRST TEAM

QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan
RB: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
RB: Edwin Baker, Michigan State
WR: Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
WR: Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
C: Mike Brewster, Ohio State
G: Justin Boren, Ohio State
G: John Moffitt, Wisconsin
T: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
T: Mike Adams, Ohio State
TE: Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
K: Dan Conroy, Michigan State

Defense

DL: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
DL: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
DL: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
LB: Greg Jones, Michigan State
LB: Martez Wilson, Illinois
LB: Brian Rolle, Ohio State
DB: Shaun Prater, Iowa
DB: Tyler Sash, Iowa
DB: Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
DB: Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin
P: Aaron Bates, Michigan State

MEDIA SECOND TEAM

QB: Dan Persa, Northwestern
RB: James White, Wisconsin
RB: John Clay, Wisconsin
WR: Tandon Doss, Indiana
WR: Roy Roundtree, Michigan
C: David Molk, Michigan
G: Julian Vandervelde, Iowa
G: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
T: Riley Reiff, Iowa
T: Jeff Allen, Illinois
TE: Charlie Gantt, Michigan State
K: Devin Barclay, Ohio State

Defense

DL: Corey Liuget, Illinois
DL: Karl Klug, Iowa
DL: Vince Browne, Northwestern
DL: Kawann Short, Purdue
LB: Ross Homan, Ohio State
LB: Jonas Mouton, Michigan
LB: Eric Gordon, Michigan State
DB: Marcus Hyde, Michigan State
DB: Brian Peters, Northwestern
DB: Jermale Hines, Ohio State
DB: Ricardo Allen, Purdue
P: Anthony Santella, Illinois

My take: Overall, both the coaches and the media did a nice job.

A few quick points.
  • There definitely was a split at the running back spot aside from Illinois' Mikel Leshoure as an obvious first-team selection. The coaches had Ohio State's Dan Herron as a first-team pick while the media only listed Herron as honorable mention, while the media had Michigan State's Edwin Baker on the second team and the coaches listed "Rock" only as honorable mention. The right answer is a mix of the two: Leshoure and Herron on the first team, Baker and John Clay or James White on the second team.
  • I don't have a major issue with the defensive line selections, although Illinois' Corey Liuget will be on my first team. Michigan's Mike Martin also might be there as well. The media really whiffed by not listing Martin on either team.
  • There are four or five really good linebackers in this league and only three can make the first team. I think Martez Wilson did more than enough to make it it, but the coaches disagreed.
  • The defensive backs selections were interesting. Wisconsin's Antonio Fenelus made the media's first team but didn't make either of the coaches' teams, while Ohio State's Jermale Hines was a first-team pick by the coaches but made the media's second team.
  • The media took more risks with their selections, and I was happy to see Purdue's Ricardo Allen on the second team. Allen is the league's most exciting young defensive player after recording two pick-sixes this season.
  • All four of Michigan State's starting defensive backs made the second team for either the coaches or the media. That's a real tribute to the unit after Michigan State finished 112th nationally in pass defense in 2009.
  • Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Terrelle Pryor didn't make the first or second teams for either the coaches or the media. Pryor still had a good season, but it'll be interesting to see if he'll be the preseason Player of the Year for the third consecutive year in 2011, provided he returns to Columbus.
  • Several positions are stacked in the Big Ten this year. Among them: quarterback, guard, defensive end, wide receiver and punter.

Finally, here's a look at the honorable mentions.

COACHES

ILLINOIS: Jeff Allen, Nate Bussey, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Damarlo Belcher, James Brewer, Mitch Ewald; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels, Adam Robinson, Ryan Donahue; MICHIGAN: Denard Robinson, Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Edwin Baker, Kirk Cousins, Mark Dell, Joel Foreman, Charlie Gantt, Marcus Hyde, Jerel Worthy; MINNESOTA: D.J. Burris; NORTHWESTERN: Drake Dunsmore, Jeremy Ebert, Brian Peters; OHIO STATE: Devin Barclay, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, John Simon; PENN STATE: Quinn Barham, Chris Colasanti, D’Anton Lynn, Derek Moye; PURDUE: Ricardo Allen, Dwayne Beckford, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Montee Ball, Niles Brinkley, Antonio Fenelus, Peter Konz, Bill Nagy, Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch, James White, Kevin Zeitler

MEDIA

ILLINOIS: Nate Bussey, Derek Dimke, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson; INDIANA: Ted Bolser, Ben Chappell, Damarlo Belcher, James Brewer, Tyler Replogle; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Mike Daniels, Brett Greenwood, Jeremiha Hunter, Micah Hyde, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Marvin McNutt, Allen Reisner, Adam Robinson, Ryan Donahue; MICHIGAN: Jordan Kovacs, Mike Martin, Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Johnny Adams, Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Mark Dell, Joel Foreman, Trenton Robinson, Chris L. Rucker, Jerel Worthy, D.J. Young; MINNESOTA: D.J. Burris, Troy Stoudermire, Gary Tinsley; NORTHWESTERN: Corbin Bryant, Drake Dunsmore, Jordan Mabin, Al Netter; OHIO STATE: Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor, John Simon; PENN STATE: Drew Astorino, Quinn Barham, Chris Colasanti, D’Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Ollie Ogbu, Evan Royster, Devon Still, Collin Wagner; PURDUE: Kyle Adams, Peters Drey, Dennis Kelly, Ken Plue, Cody Webster, Carson Wiggs; WISCONSIN: Montee Ball, Aaron Henry, Peter Konz, Blake Sorensen, Mike Taylor, Scott Tolzien, Ricky Wagner, Philip Welch, Kevin Zeitler.

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