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illini4everjp
Nov 19, 2007, 10:04 AM
http://bigtennetwork.com/corporate/PR111607.asp

CHICAGO ? The Big Ten Network will present the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten football awards during BIG TEN TONIGHT on Monday, November 19 at 10 PM ET. Dave Revsine and Ann Kreiter will host alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

"We hope it will become an annual tradition for Big Ten fans to tune in and find out which players have earned the Big Ten's highest honors," Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said.

The winners of the following awards, selected by the conference coaches, will be revealed: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

The recipients of these awards, selected by conference media, will also be named: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year Award.
Earlier this fall, the Big Ten Network became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. The network is available through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric and more than 160 other cable operators.

james81
Nov 19, 2007, 10:10 AM
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year: Mendenhall
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Leman
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Benn
Dave McClain Coach of the Year Award: Zook

bonick03
Nov 19, 2007, 12:07 PM
I fully expect to see Mendenhall, Leman and Zook get awards from one or both panels. I'd be pretty disappointed if all three didn't walk away with some hardware.

illini4everjp
Nov 19, 2007, 09:19 PM
Media (Going too fast for me to type everyone so just Illini right now)

First Team Offense

Mendenhall (ILL)
O'Donnell (ILL)

First Team Defense

J Leman (ILL)

illini4everjp
Nov 19, 2007, 09:22 PM
Second Team

W Davis (ILL)
V David (ILL)
McDonald (ILL)

Coaches list First Team

Mendanhall
O'Donnell
J Leman
Vontae Davis

Second Team Coaches

McDonald
X Fulton

illini4everjp
Nov 19, 2007, 09:24 PM
Ok, complete list! :D

2007 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES
(Players in ALL CAPS have 2008 eligibility)
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Chad Henne, Michigan
RB: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois
RB: CHRIS "BEANIE" WELLS, Ohio State
WR: JAMES HARDY, Indiana
WR: MARIO MANNINGHAM, Michigan Receiver
C: A.Q. SHIPLEY, Penn State
G: Martin O'Donnell, Illinois
G: Adam Kraus, Michigan
T: Jake Long, Michigan
T: Kirk Barton, Ohio State
TE: TRAVIS BECKUM, Wisconsin
K: Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: KELLEN LEWIS, Indiana
RB: Mike Hart, Michigan
RB: JAVON RINGER, Michigan State
WR: DEVIN THOMAS, Michigan State
WR: Dorien Bryant, Purdue
C: RYAN MCDONALD, Illinois
G: RICH OHRNBERGER, Penn State
G: KRAIG URBIK, Wisconsin
T: XAVIER FULTON, Illinois
T: ALEX BOONE, Ohio State
TE: Dustin Keller, Purdue
K: AUSTIN STARR, Indiana

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
LINE: GREG MIDDLETON, Indiana
LINE: MITCH KING, Iowa
LINE: VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State
LINE: MAURICE EVANS, Penn State
LB: J Leman, Illinois
LB: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State
LB: Dan Connor, Penn State
SEC: VONTAE DAVIS, Illinois
SEC: MALCOLM JENKINS, Ohio State
SEC: JUSTIN KING, Penn State
SEC: JACK IKEGWUONU, Wisconsin
P: JEREMY BOONE, Penn State

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
LINE: TERRANCE TAYLOR, Michigan
LINE: Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State
LINE: Cliff Avril, Purdue
LINE: MATT SHAUGHNESSY, Wisconsin
LB: Shawn Crable, Michigan
LB: MARCUS FREEMAN, Ohio State
LB: SEAN LEE, Penn State
DB: Tracy Porter, Indiana
DB: Charles Godfrey, Iowa
DB: Jamar Adams, Michigan
DB: Dominique Barber, Minnesota
P: Ken DeBauche, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: WILL DAVIS, Kevin Mitchell, Chris Norwell, Jason Reda, ISIAH "JUICE" WILLIAMS; INDIANA: John Sandberg; IOWA: RYAN DONAHUE, RAFAEL EUBANKS, Mike Humpal, Ken Iwebema, Bryan Mattison, SETH OLSEN, Albert Young; MICHIGAN: JUSTIN BOREN, Brandent Englemon, Morgan Trent; MICHIGAN STATE: Ervin Baldwin, Jehuu Caulcrick, Kellen Davis; MINNESOTA: JUSTIN KUCEK; NORTHWESTERN: JOHN GILL, Adam Kadela, Trevor Rees, TYRELL SUTTON; OHIO STATE: TODD BOECKMAN, KURT COLEMAN, BRIAN ROBISKIE, ANDERSON RUSSELL, A.J. TRAPASSO, DONALD WASHINGTON; PENN STATE: GERALD CADOGAN, JOSH GAINES, ANTHONY SCIRROTTO; PURDUE: ANTHONY HEYGOOD, CURTIS PAINTER, SEAN SESTER, Terrell Vinson; WISCONSIN: SHANE CARTER, JONATHAN CASILLAS, Marcus Coleman, Tyler Donovan, Nick Hayden, Paul Hubbard.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jake Long, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ARRELIOUS BENN, Illinois

2007 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA
(Players in ALL CAPS have 2008 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: TODD BOECKMAN, Ohio State
RB: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois
RB: CHRIS "BEANIE" WELLS, Ohio State
WR: JAMES HARDY, Indiana
WR: MARIO MANNINGHAM, Michigan
C: Marcus Coleman, Wisconsin
G: Martin O'Donnell, Illinois
G; Adam Kraus, Michigan
T: Jake Long, Michigan
T: Kirk Barton, Ohio State
TE: TRAVIS BECKUM, Wisconsin
K: AUSTIN STARR, Indiana

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: KELLEN LEWIS, Indiana
RB: Mike Hart, Michigan
RB: JAVON RINGER, Michigan State
WR: DEVIN THOMAS, Michigan State
WR: Dorien Bryant, Purdue
C: RYAN MCDONALD, Illinois
G: RICH OHRNBERGER, Penn State
G; KRAIG URBIK, Wisconsin
T: Pete Clifford, Michigan State
T: ALEX BOONE, Ohio State
TE: Dustin Keller, Purdue
K: Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
LINE: GREG MIDDLETON, Indiana
LINE: Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State
LINE: VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State
LINE: MAURICE EVANS, Penn State
LB: J Leman, Illinois
LB: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State
LB: Dan Connor, Penn State
DB: Tracy Porter, Indiana
DB: MALCOLM JENKINS, Ohio State
DB: JUSTIN KING, Penn State
DB: JACK IKEGWUONU, Wisconsin
P: JEREMY BOONE, Penn State

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
LINE: WILL DAVIS, Illinois
LINE: MITCH KING, Iowa
LINE: Bryan Mattison, Iowa
LINE: MATT SHAUGHNESSY, Wisconsin
LB: Mike Humpal, Iowa
LB: Shawn Crable, Michigan
LB: SEAN LEE, Penn State
DB: VONTAE DAVIS, Illinois
DB: Jamar Adams, Michigan
DB: Dominique Barber, Minnesota
DB: Terrell Vinson, Purdue
P: JUSTIN KUCEK, Minnesota

HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: XAVIER FULTON, Kevin Mitchell, Chris Norwell, Jason Reda, ISIAH "JUICE" WILLIAMS; INDIANA: John Sandberg, AUSTIN THOMAS; IOWA: RYAN DONAHUE, Charles Godfrey, Mike Klinkenborg, MATT KROUL, Adam Shada, Albert Young; MICHIGAN: JUSTIN BOREN, Brandent Englemon, Chris Graham, Tim Jamison, Will Johnson, TERRANCE TAYLOR; MICHIGAN STATE: Ervin Baldwin, Kellen Davis, BRIAN HOYER, Travis Key; MINNESOTA: Tony Brinkhaus, Steve Shidell; NORTHWESTERN: C.J. BACHER, JOHN GILL, Adam Kadela, Trevor Rees; OHIO STATE: KURT COLEMAN, MARCUS FREEMAN, RYAN PRETORIUS, BRIAN ROBISKIE, ANDERSON RUSSELL, A.J. TRAPASSO; PENN STATE: GERALD CADOGAN, JOSH GAINES, KEVIN KELLY, Rodney Kinlaw, ANTHONY SCIRROTTO, A.Q. SHIPLEY; PURDUE: Cliff Avril, Jordan Grimes, CURTIS PAINTER, Robbie Powell, SEAN SESTER; WISCONSIN: SHANE CARTER, JONATHAN CASILLAS, Ken DeBauche, Tyler Donovan, Nick Hayden, P.J. HILL.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ARRELIOUS BENN, Illinois
DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR: Ron Zook, Illinois
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: J Leman, ILL; Josiah Sears, IND; Tom Busch, IOWA; Chad Henne, MICH; JAVON RINGER, MSU; Amir Pinnix, MINN; Tonjua (T.J.) Jones, NU; BRIAN HARTLINE, OSU; Anthony Morelli, PSU; JAYCEN TAYLOR, PUR; Luke Swan, WIS.

OrangeFever
Nov 19, 2007, 09:32 PM
Impressive showing by the Illini. Were it not for Laurinaitis, Illinois would have swept the major individual awards. I can't argue with Laurinaitis, but I can't imagine an individual who meant more to his team and was more valuable as a defensive leader, than J. He has been the heart and soul of the team for at least two years. What a remarkable young man.

And kudos to our own JP for nailing all this information down and sharing it so promptly!

Dan
Nov 19, 2007, 09:36 PM
Sigh, I gotta get this Big Ten Network everyone keeps talking about.

Thanks for posting the list.

james81
Nov 19, 2007, 09:37 PM
Impressive showing by the Illini. Were it not for Laurinaitis, Illinois would have swept the major individual awards. I can't argue with Laurinaitis, but I can't imagine an individual who meant more to his team and was more valuable as a defensive leader, than J. He has been the heart and soul of the team for at least two years. What a remarkable young man.

Cosign. Laurinaitis was the expected recipient, but Leman was more than just a great player. He captured the essence of what made this team a winner, and for me he was the mvp of the entire league.

HeartofaChampion
Nov 19, 2007, 09:48 PM
Thanks, JP! POTD!

Congrats to Leman, Mendenhall, Benn and Zook. Well deserved. Amazing season indeed!

Henne first-team QB? Boggle!

sinmyp
Nov 19, 2007, 09:56 PM
How was Reda, who only missed one Field Goal and no extra points not get on as Kicker?

illini4everjp
Nov 19, 2007, 10:21 PM
Thanks, JP! POTD!

Congrats to Leman, Mendenhall, Benn and Zook. Well deserved. Amazing season indeed!

Henne first-team QB? Boggle!

On Big Ten Tonight, DiNardo said that he felt Juice was the best QB in the league right now and it was a shame that he didn't win first team honors. Griffith said that Lewis deserved it but Juice should have been a very very very close second.

FinalFour88
Nov 19, 2007, 10:26 PM
Congrats to all the Illini who received recognition. I was hoping Leman would be defensive players of the year, but Laurenitis is a great player as well and very deserving. I'm hoping Leman and Mendenhall get All-American, at least honorable mention.

Dan
Nov 19, 2007, 10:27 PM
Here's the final Big Ten statistics for reference:

http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2007-2008/confldrs.html

Krusher
Nov 20, 2007, 12:10 AM
heres a follow-up article to the awards

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/ncaa/11/20/bc.fbc.allbigten.ap/index.html?eref=T1

FightingIllinut
Nov 20, 2007, 12:41 AM
How was Reda, who only missed one Field Goal and no extra points not get on as Kicker?so glad that somebody else noticed this travesty

that was what jumped out at me too...the final stats page show he did miss a PAT...i dont recall it either...nonetheless, Reda got the best of the kid from Wisconsin who got 1st team from coaches and 2nd team from media and arguably was more clutch than the Indiana placekicker as well...i dont have their long range accuracy numbers in front of me (ill look for those numbers) but i would wager that Reda had better numbers than both from 40+ and 50+...thats ok, he will extract his revenge by becoming a successful kicker on Sundays in the future...its not just the 3 points that he provided when called upon, its the momentum, silencing the away crowd and maybe most important not giving up field position by missing from long range...hats off to the Illini career scoring leader from Rock Island

FIELD GOALS G Made Att Pct
--------------------------------------------
1. Illinois............ 12 15 16 .938
2. Indiana............. 12 19 21 .905
3. Wisconsin........... 12 20 24 .833
4. Ohio State.......... 12 17 21 .810
5. Penn State.......... 12 19 24 .792
6. Purdue.............. 12 15 19 .789
7. Northwestern........ 12 12 18 .667
8. Michigan State...... 12 13 20 .650
9. Michigan............ 12 12 19 .632
10.Iowa................ 12 10 16 .625
11.Minnesota........... 12 8 13 .615

PAT KICKING G Made Att Pct
--------------------------------------------
1. Purdue.............. 12 50 50 1.000
Indiana............. 12 46 46 1.000
Minnesota........... 12 37 37 1.000
4. Michigan State...... 12 52 53 .981
5. Ohio State.......... 12 45 46 .978
6. Illinois............ 12 42 43 .977
7. Michigan............ 12 37 38 .974
8. Northwestern........ 12 36 37 .973
9. Penn State.......... 12 43 45 .956
10.Wisconsin........... 12 40 42 .952
11.Iowa................ 12 24 28 .857

Dan
Nov 20, 2007, 12:43 AM
Did Reda really miss an extra point this season??

EDIT - yes, I think it was the first TD of the season, Vontae's blocked punt against Mizzou.

FightingIllinut
Nov 20, 2007, 03:10 PM
still fuming about this...if anything its gotten worse...this is not a personal preference award like who is the best offensive lineman...the placekicker award should go to the kicker who put up the best numbers and that was Reda...its an easy award to measure and they blew it

macattak
Nov 23, 2007, 11:03 PM
To add a little more fuel to the Reda fire, Jason was one of three kickers to make all of their attempts from 50+ yards this year.