Big Ten awards on tap

June, 20, 2011
Roll out the red carpet and get your watch parties assembled. The fourth annual Big Ten Awards show airs Monday night at 7 ET on the Big Ten Network.

The awards -- the Tennies? the Delanys?-- honor athletes from all sports in the conference. But as you might imagine, several football players and teams are in the running. Here's a quick look at the football figures are up for a Big Ten award and their competition in that category:

Breakout Performer of the Year
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Darius Morris, Michigan basketball
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State basketball

Most Dominating Performance
Robinson vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 11
Mikel Leshoure, Illinois, vs. Northwestern, Nov. 20
Jordan Taylor,Wisconsin basketball vs. Ohio State, Feb. 12

Most Courageous Performance
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football
Jon Hoese, Minnesota football
Brock Mealer, brother of Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer

Best Finish
Notre Dame at Michigan State, Sept. 18
Illinois at Michigan, Nov. 6
Wisconsin at Michigan basketball, Feb. 23

Men’s Team of the Year
Wisconsin football
Ohio State basketball
Penn State wrestling

Game of the Year
Illinois at Michigan, Nov. 6
Ohio State at Wisconsin, Oct. 16
Ohio State at Wisconsin basketball, Feb. 12



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