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Big Ten awards race tracker: Week 12

November, 15, 2012
11/15/12
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With two weeks left in the regular season, let's check in again on how the individual awards races stand:

Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year

1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: Off last week, Miller faces arguably his two biggest challenges in the final two weeks, at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Two big performances could make him a Heisman Trophy finalist.

2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Captain Comeback did it again last week against Penn State, totaling 171 yards passing, 104 yards rushing and a touchdown.

3. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: Back in the picture while putting together a strong finish. Ball had 198 yards and three touchdowns last week, and could carry the Badgers to a Leaders Division title.


4. Matt McGloin, QB, Penn State: McGloin threw for 240 yards and a touchdown (should have been two) at Nebraska, but he also had another costly interception in a high-profile loss.

5. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern: Mark had his seventh 100-yard rushing day of the season last week at Michigan. He's been more consistent than Le'Veon Bell and a big reason why Northwestern has had a chance to win every game this season.

Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year

1. Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State: Mauti had 10 tackles and forced a key fumble at Nebraska last week. Can somebody knock him off this perch in the final two weeks?

2. Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan: Ryan had a quiet -- by his standards -- game last week against Northwestern, but has been a beast this season for the Wolverines with 12 tackles for loss.

3. D.L. Wilhite, DE, Minnesota: Another sack last week at Illinois gave him 7.5 for the season, tied with Nebraska's Eric Martin for most in the league.

4. Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin: Just three tackles last week at Indiana, but Taylor is still among the league leaders in tackles and tackles for loss.

5. Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State: Hodges continued his outstanding play during conference season with 14 stops at Nebraska last week.

Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year

1. Allen Robinson, Penn State: The sophomore has already tied the school record for most receptions in a season (63) with two games left. He leads the league in catches, yards (786) and touchdowns (eight), and should win this award going away.

2. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin: Abbrederis has been slowed by injuries and quarterback shuffling, but he ranks just behind Robinson in receiving yards per game (689 yards in nine contests), with five touchdowns.

3. Kenny Bell, Nebraska: Bell (35 catches for 653 yards and six TDs) has been the Huskers' big-play guy in the passing game. He's an excellent blocker, as well.

4. Cody Latimer, Indiana: The Hoosiers are blessed with several good receivers, including Shane Wynn and Kofi Hughes. Latimer leads the way with 707 receiving yards, plus five touchdowns.

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