Seven Big Ten players make Camp Award watch list
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The Walter Camp Award watch list is out, and seven Big Ten players are included on the list of 35.
Here's the rundown:
Travis Beckum, Sr., TE, Wisconsin
Arrelious Benn, So., WR, Illinois
P.J. Hill, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Malcolm Jenkins, Sr., CB, Ohio State
James Laurinaitis, Sr., LB, Ohio State
Javon Ringer, Sr., RB, Michigan State
Chris "Beanie" Wells, Jr., RB, Ohio State
No surprising names here, though every other BCS conference has a quarterback representative. The Walter Camp Football Foundation could have included Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter, who could break several Big Ten passing records this fall. Ohio State's Todd Boeckman doesn't have a huge wow factor but could change that this fall. Indiana's Kellen Lewis is fighting for his starting job after being suspended this spring, and Illinois' Juice Williams still gets knocked for his passing.
Laurinaitis is the only two-time first-team Walter Camp All-American on the list, while Beckum earned first-team honors last season.
Only three defensive linemen made the list -- Auburn's Sen'Derrick Marks, Oregon's Nick Reed and South Florida's George Selvie -- so national sacks leader Greg Middleton from Indiana evidently needs another strong season to generate more hype.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Iowa 24 Pittsburgh 20 Final Eastern Michigan 14 11 Michigan State 73 Final Western Illinois 7 Northwestern 24 Final Southern Illinois 13 Purdue 35 Final Bowling Green 17 19 Wisconsin 68 Final Maryland 34 Syracuse 20 Final Utah 26 Michigan 10 Final Rutgers 31 Navy 24 Final Massachusetts 7 Penn State 48 Final San Jose State 7 Minnesota 24 Final Texas State 35 Illinois 42 Final Indiana 31 18 Missouri 27 Final Miami (FL) 31 24 Nebraska 41