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John Clay was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches and media.

John Clay was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches and media.

Nov. 23, 2009

Big Ten Announces 2009 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors

Wisconsin's Clay and Borland Earn Offensive Player and Freshman of Year Laurels, respectively; Penn State's Odrick Tabbed Defensive Player and Lineman of Year by Coaches, while Michigan State's Jones Named Defensive Player of Year by Media; Iowa's Ferentz and Bulaga Chosen as Coach and Offensive Lineman of Year, respectively.

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten announced the 2009 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners tonight as selected by the coaches and a media panel, with four different schools sharing the individual accolades. Wisconsin running back John Clay was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year while Badgers' linebacker Chris Borland was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the media, while the coaches honored Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick as the Big Ten Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz collected his third Dave McClain Coach of the Year award from the media while tackle Bryan Bulaga was honored by the coaches as the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Clay is the third Badgers' standout to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, joining fellow running backs Ron Dayne (1999) and Brent Moss (1993). The Wisconsin native is the third straight running back to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year accolades and the sixth sophomore to be honored, joining a group of former second-year winners that includes Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (1998), Michigan running backs Tyrone Wheatley (1992) and Jon Vaughn (1990) and Michigan State running backs Tico Duckett (1990) and Lorenzo White (1985). With one regular-season game remaining, Clay currently leads the Big Ten with 1,224 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. His average of 111.3 yards per contest ranks 16th nationally.

 

 

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels were shared by two different players for the first time since the 2002 season, with Michigan State's Jones being chosen by the media and Penn State's Odrick tabbed by the coaches.

Jones, the Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year accolades since the honor was first awarded in 1982. The junior linebacker leads the conference and currently ranks second nationally with 11.8 defensive stops per game, while also rating among the Big Ten's top 10 with nine sacks (fourth) and 13.5 tackles for loss (tied for eighth).

Odrick becomes the fourth Nittany Lion to collect Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining defensive ends Michael Haynes (2002) and Courtney Brown (1999) and linebacker LaVar Arrington (1998). The senior defensive tackle is only the fifth interior linemen to earn the conference's top defensive honor, a group that includes Ohio State's Dan Wilkinson (1993), Purdue's Jeff Zgonina (1992) and Illinois' Moe Gardner (1990) and Don Thorp (1983). Odrick was also tabbed as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year by the coaches, the fourth PSU standout to be so honored along with Tamba Hali (2005), Jimmy Kennedy (2002) and Brown (1999). Odrick leads the Nittany Lions and ranks eighth in the conference with six sacks while collecting 41 defensive stops and 10 tackles for loss. He is part of a Penn State defensive unit that ranks among the top 10 nationally in scoring (fourth), total (seventh) and rushing (10th) defense.

Bulaga was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year by the coaches to become the sixth Hawkeye to be so honored and the first since Robert Gallery was chosen in 2003. Other Iowa Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honorees include Eric Steinbach (2002), Mike Devlin (1992), Dave Croston (1986) and Mike Haight (1985).

Borland was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media, the first defensive player to earn top freshman accolades since Purdue defensive back Stuart Schweigert was honored in 2000. The Ohio native is the first Badgers defender to earn freshman laurels and the sixth overall, joining running backs P.J. Hill (2006), Anthony Davis (2001) and Dayne (1996) and quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger (1999) and Tony Lowery (1987). Borland ranked second in the conference and is tied for fifth nationally with five forced fumbles while also collecting 51 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Ferentz was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding Iowa to 10 victories for the first time since leading the team to three straight years of double-digit wins in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Hawkeyes entered the season without last year's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Shonn Greene and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Mitch King, then promptly lost their top returning rusher to injury before the first game. Despite those departures, Ferentz guided his team to a 9-0 start and a program-record No. 4 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series poll before losing his starting quarterback to injury. With a freshman backup behind center, Iowa pushed Ohio State to overtime on the road before falling, then bounced back to defeat Minnesota and end the year tied for second in the conference at 6-2. Ferentz earns his third Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel, after being honored in 2002 and 2004. He is only the fourth individual in conference history to win three or more Coach of the Year awards. Michigan's Bo Schembechler was named Big Ten Coach of the Year following six seasons (1972, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1989) while Iowa's Hayden Fry (1981, 1990, 1991) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (1994, 2005, 2008) were each honored in three different years.

Among this year's All-Big Ten first-team selections, 15 were members of the first or second team from a year ago, including seven first-team selections from 2008 who are on this year's first team - Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State linebacker Jones, Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker, the Penn State trio of linebacker Navorro Bowman, quarterback Daryll Clark and defensive lineman Odrick and Wisconsin tight end Garrett Graham. In addition, Clay and Jones were unanimous selections by the media.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for football are Juice Williams of Illinois, Jammie Kirlew of Indiana, A.J. Edds of Iowa, David Moosman of Michigan, Blair White of Michigan State, Decker of Minnesota, Sherrick McManis of Northwestern, Kurt Coleman of Ohio State, Sean Lee of Penn State, Joey Elliott of Purdue and Chris Maragos of Wisconsin. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

A complete listing of the 2009 All-Big Ten Teams and individual honors follows.


2009 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES

FIRST TEAMOFFENSESECOND TEAM
Daryll Clark, Penn StateQuarterbackMike Kafka, Northwestern
Evan Royster, Penn State Running BackBrandon Saine, Ohio State
John Clay, WisconsinRunning BackRalph Bolden, Purdue
Eric Decker, MinnesotaReceiverTandon Doss, Indiana*
Blair White, Michigan StateReceiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa*
Keith Smith, Purdue*
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn StateCenterRafael Eubanks, Iowa*
Joel Nitchman, Michigan State*
Dace Richardson, IowaGuardJon Asamoah, Illinois
John Moffitt, WisconsinGuardJustin Boren, Ohio State
Bryan Bulaga, IowaTackleRodger Saffold, Indiana
Dennis Landolt, Penn StateTackleGabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Tony Moeaki, IowaTight EndGarrett Graham, Wisconsin
Brett Swenson, Michigan StateKickerStefan Demos, Northwestern
FIRST TEAMDEFENSESECOND TEAM
Adrian Clayborn, IowaLineJammie Kirlew, Indiana
Brandon Graham, MichiganLineThaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
Jared Odrick, Penn StateLineCameron Heyward, Ohio State
O'Brien Schofield, WisconsinLineRyan Kerrigan, Purdue
Pat Angerer, IowaLinebackerA.J. Edds, Iowa
Greg Jones, Michigan StateLinebackerRoss Homan, Ohio State
Navorro Bowman, Penn StateLinebackerSean Lee, Penn State
Tyler Sash, IowaDefensive BackDonovan Warren, Michigan*
Amari Spievey, IowaDefensive BackSherrick McManis, Northwestern*
Brad Phillips, NorthwesternDefensive BackBrandon King, Purdue*
Kurt Coleman, Ohio StateDefensive BackDavid Pender, Purdue*
Jay Valai, Wisconsin*
Zoltan Mesko, MichiganPunterJeremy Boone, Penn State

HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Arrelious Benn, Mikel Leshoure, Juice Williams; INDIANA: Ben Chappell, Ray Fisher, Matt Mayberry; IOWA: Christian Ballard, Kyle Calloway, Ryan Donahue, Brett Greenwood, Karl Klug, Adam Robinson; MICHIGAN: Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Trevor Anderson, Joel Foreman, Chris L. Rucker, Jeremy Ware; MINNESOTA: Lee Campbell, Simoni Lawrence, Traye Simmons; NORTHWESTERN: Al Netter, Corey Wootton; OHIO STATE: Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa; PENN STATE: Josh Hull, Andrew Quarless; PURDUE: Ken Plue, Carson Wiggs, Torri Williams; WISCONSIN: Chris Borland, Chris Maragos, Brad Nortman, Scott Tolzien, Nick Toon.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Clay, Wisconsin
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Odrick, Penn State
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jared Odrick, Penn State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: Juice Williams, ILL; Jammie Kirlew, IND; A.J. Edds, IOWA; David Moosman, MICH; Blair White, MSU; Eric Decker, MINN; Sherrick McManis, NU; Kurt Coleman, OSU; Sean Lee, PSU; Joey Elliott, PUR; Chris Maragos, WIS.
* Additional honorees due to ties


2009 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA

FIRST TEAMOFFENSESECOND TEAM
Daryll Clark, Penn StateQuarterbackMike Kafka, Northwestern
Evan Royster, Penn State Running BackBrandon Saine, Ohio State
JOHN CLAY, WisconsinRunning BackRalph Bolden, Purdue
Tandon Doss, IndianaReceiverBlair White, Michigan State
Keith Smith, PurdueReceiver Zeke Markshausen, Northwestern
Stefen Wisniewski, Penn StateCenterRafael Eubanks, Iowa
Justin Boren, Ohio StateGuardJon Asamoah, Illinois
John Moffitt, WisconsinGuardDace Richardson, Iowa
Bryan Bulaga, IowaTackleKyle Calloway, Iowa
Gabe Carimi, WisconsinTackleDennis Landolt, Penn State
Garrett Graham, WisconsinTight EndTony Moeaki, Iowa
Brett Swenson, Michigan StateKickerStefan Demos, Northwestern
FIRST TEAMDEFENSESECOND TEAM
Adrian Clayborn, IowaLineJammie Kirlew, Indiana
Brandon Graham, MichiganLineThaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
Ryan Kerrigan, PurdueLineCameron Heyward, Ohio State
O'Brien Schofield, WisconsinLineJared Odrick, Penn State
Pat Angerer, IowaLinebackerRoss Homan, Ohio State
GREG JONES, Michigan StateLinebackerJosh Hull, Penn State
Navorro Bowman, Penn StateLinebackerSean Lee, Penn State
Tyler Sash, IowaDefensive BackBrett Greenwood, Iowa
Donovan Warren, MichiganDefensive BackAmari Spievey, Iowa
Sherrick McManis, NorthwesternDefensive BackBrad Phillips, Northwestern
Kurt Coleman, Ohio StateDefensive BackDavid Pender, Purdue
Zoltan Mesko, MichiganPunterJeremy Boone, Penn State

HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Mikel Leshoure, Clay Nurse; INDIANA: Ray Fisher, Matt Mayberry, Greg Middleton, Rodger Saffold; IOWA: Ryan Donahue, Broderick Binns, A.J. Edds, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Karl Klug, Daniel Murray, Adam Robinson, Ricky Stanzi; MICHIGAN: Stephen Schilling; MICHIGAN STATE: Trevor Anderson, Kirk Cousins, Joel Foreman, Charlie Gantt, Joel Nitchman, Chris L. Rucker; MINNESOTA: Lee Campbell, Eric Decker, Eric Ellestad, Nick Tow-Arnett, Traye Simmons; NORTHWESTERN: Al Netter, Corey Wootton; OHIO STATE: Bryant Browning, Terrelle Pryor, Doug Worthington; PENN STATE: Drew Astorino, Jack Crawford, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Ollie Ogbu, Andrew Quarless; PURDUE: Joey Elliott, Zach Jones, Brandon King, Mike Neal, Carson Wiggs, Torri Williams, Jared Zwilling; WISCONSIN: Chris Borland, Chris Maragos, Nick Toon, Jay Valai, J.J. Watt.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Clay, Wisconsin
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Greg Jones, Michigan State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS