Monday, December 10, 2012
ESPN honors Bill O'Brien, four B1G players
By Adam Rittenberg
Four Big Ten players and one Big Ten coach were recognized on the AT&T ESPN All-America team, revealed Saturday.
The honorees are:
The team was revealed Saturday afternoon.
O'Brien, the 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year, guided Penn State to an 8-4 record, including wins in eight of its final 10 games, after a turbulent offseason. The first-time head coach is a finalist for several national coach of the year honors.
All four players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, and Ball, Lewan and Mauti three earned position honors from the league. Ball was named the Big Ten's Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year for the second consecutive season. He finished seventh nationally in rushing average (133.1 ypg), set NCAA career records for both total touchdowns (82) and rushing touchdowns (76), and on Thursday won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
Mauti was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year after ranking in the top 10 in the league in tackles (7th, 96), interceptions (4th, 3) and forced fumbles (3rd, 3). He also led the Big Ten in interception return yards (125).
Lewan was named the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year after starting all 12 games for the Wolverines. He's projected as a potential first-round pick if he decides to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Roby tied for the Big Ten lead in passes defended (19), which also tied for fourth nationally. He recorded two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick and three total touchdowns scored.