Buckeyes Well Represented In Big Ten Postseason Honors

Career touchdown leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected the Big Ten’s top running back for the second straight year and was a first-team all-conference pick by both the coaches and media.
The announcement Monday came two days after he became the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdowns. He set the record with his 79th TD when he scored on a 17-yard run Saturday against Penn State.
With 1,528 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns this season, it was hardly a surprise that the coaches and media both picked Ball. They also went with conference rushing leader Le’Veon Bell of Michigan State (1,648 yards), but they were split at quarterback.
The media went with Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and the coaches choosing Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez. Miller got the top QB award.
The coaches and media also agreed on the top receivers, going with Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis at receiver.
Rounding out the first team on offense for the coaches was Penn State’s Matt Stankiewitch at center; Michigan’s Patrick Omameh, Nebraska’s Spencer Long and Penn State’s John Urschel at guard; Michigan’s Taylor Lewan and Wisconsin’s Rick Wagner at tackle; Jacob Pedersen of Wisconsin at tight end; and Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien at kicker.
On defense, the coaches went with Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins and John Simon along with Jordan Hill of Penn State and Purdue’s Kawann Short on the line; Michigan State’s Max Bullough, Penn State’s Michael Mauti and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland at linebacker; Iowa’s Micah Hyde, Michigan State’s Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard along with Ohio State’s Bradley Roby at defensive back; and Michigan State’s Mike Sadler at punter.
Rounding out the first-team picks on offense by the media was Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick at center; Long and Ohio State’s Andrew Norwell at guard; Lewan and Wagner at tackle; Penn State’s Kyle Carter at tight end; and Nebraska’s Brett Maher at kicker.
On defense, the media selected Nebraska’s Eric Martin, Simon, Hill and Short on the line;  Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier, Mauti and Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor at linebacker; Hyde, Nebraska’s Daimion Stafford; Ohio State’s Travis Howard and Roby at defensive back; and Michigan’s Will Hagerup at punter.
Other individual award winners were Robinson (receiver), Pedersen (tight end), Lewan (offensive lineman), Simon (defensive lineman), Mauti (linebacker), Hyde (defensive back), Maher (kicker) and Hagerup (punter).
2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Conference Coaches
FIRST TEAM                          OFFENSE                  SECOND TEAM
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska                     Quarterback                Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State                Running Back             Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska*
Montee Ball, Wisconsin                         Running Back             Venric Mark, Northwestern*
                                                                                                          Carlos Hyde, Ohio State*
Allen Robinson, Penn State                  Receiver                      Kenny Bell, Nebraska
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin               Receiver                      Corey Brown, Ohio State
Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State              Center                          James Ferentz, Iowa
Patrick Omameh, Michigan*                 Guard                           Ryan Groy, Wisconsin#
Spencer Long, Nebraska*                    Guard                          
John Urschel, Penn State*
Taylor Lewan, Michigan                         Tackle                          Hugh Thornton, Illinois
Rick Wagner, Wisconsin                       Tackle                          Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin                Tight End                     Dion Sims, Michigan State
Jeff Budzien, Northwestern                   Kicker                           Brett Maher, Nebraska
FIRST TEAM                                     DEFENSE                  SECOND TEAM
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State           Line                             Mike Buchanan, Illinois*
John Simon, Ohio State                         Line                             Adam Replogle, Indiana*
Jordan Hill, Penn State                          Line                             Craig Roh, Michigan*
Kawann Short, Purdue                           Line                             Eric Martin, Nebraska*
                                                                                                         Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska*
Max Bullough, Michigan State               Linebacker                 Will Compton, Nebraska
Michael Mauti, Penn State                     Linebacker                 Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Chris Borland, Wisconsin                     Linebacker                 Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Micah Hyde, Iowa                                    Defensive Back         Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
Johnny Adams, Michigan State            Defensive Back         Daimion Stafford, Nebraska
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State    Defensive Back         Christian Bryant, Ohio State
Bradley Roby, Ohio State                      Defensive Back          Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Mike Sadler, Michigan State                 Punter                          Brett Maher, Nebraska
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Akeem Spence; INDIANA: Ted Bolser; Dan Feeney; Cody Latimer; Jason Spriggs; IOWA: C.J. Fiedorowicz; Anthony Hitchens; Mike Meyer; Matt Tobin; MICHIGAN: J.T. Floyd; Jeremy Gallon; Brendan Gibbons; Will Hagerup; Roy Roundtree; Jake Ryan; MICHIGAN STATE: Denicos Allen; William Gholston; Isaiah Lewis; Chris McDonald; Marcus Rush; MINNESOTA: Michael Carter; NEBRASKA: Ben Cotton; Ciante Evans; Justin Jackson; P.J. Smith; NORTHWESTERN: Ibraheim Campbell; Brian Mulroe: Tyler Scott; Patrick Ward; OHIO STATE: C.J. Barnett; Travis Howard; Corey Linsley; Jack Mewhort; Andrew Norwell; PENN STATE: Adrian Amos; Deion Barnes; Kyle Carter; Mike Farrell; Matt McGloin; Stephon Morris; PURDUE: Antavian Edison; Josh Johnson; Cody Webster;  WISCONSIN: Beau Allen; Marcus Cromartie; Travis Frederick; David Gilbert; Ethan Hemer; Drew Meyer; Devin Smith; Dezmen Southward; Mike Taylor.
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees:Nathan Scheelhaase, ILL; Nicholas Sliger, IND; James Vandenberg, IOWA; Jordan Kovacs, MICH; Keith Mumphery, MSU; Mike Rallis, MINN; Rex Burkhead, NEB; Demetrius Fields, NU; Zach Boren, OSU; Jordan Hill, PSU; Robert Maci, PUR; Shelton Johnson, WIS.
Unanimous selection in all caps             * Additional honorees due to ties          
#Second team reduced by one due to additional first-team honoree
2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Media
FIRST TEAM                          OFFENSE                  SECOND TEAM
Braxton Miller, Ohio State                      Quarterback                 Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State                Running Back             Venric Mark, Northwestern
Montee Ball, Wisconsin                         Running Back             Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Allen Robinson, Penn State                  Receiver                      Cody Latimer, Indiana
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin               Receiver                       Kenny Bell, Nebraska
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin                 Center                           Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
Spencer Long, Nebraska                      Guard                           Brian Mulroe, Northwestern
Andrew Norwell, Ohio State                  Guard                           John Urschel, Penn State
Taylor Lewan, Michigan                         Tackle                           Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
Rick Wagner, Wisconsin                       Tackle                           Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
Kyle Carter, Penn State                          Tight End                     Dion Sims, Michigan State
Brett Maher, Nebraska                           Kicker                           Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
FIRST TEAM                  DEFENSE                  SECOND TEAM
Eric Martin, Nebraska                           Line                            Adam Replogle, Indiana
John Simon, Ohio State                       Line                            William Gholston, Michigan State
Jordan Hill, Penn State                        Line                            D.L. Wilhite, Minnesota
Kawann Short, Purdue                         Line                            Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State                     Linebacker                Jake Ryan, Michigan
Michael Mauti, Penn State                   Linebacker                Max Bullough, Michigan State
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin                        Linebacker                Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Micah Hyde, Iowa                                  Defensive Back        Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Daimion Stafford, Nebraska               Defensive Back        Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Travis Howard, Ohio State                   Defensive Back       Josh Johnson, Purdue
Bradley Roby, Ohio State                     Defensive Back        Devin Smith, Wisconsin
Will Hagerup, Michigan                        Punter                        Mike Sadler, Michigan State