Big Ten Conference News Release (Tuesday, 11/29/16) --
Rosemont, Ill. - The 2016 All-Big Ten teams for defense and special teams as well as eight postseason individual awards were unveiled on BTN on Tuesday. Students from Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State claimed individual trophies, including the Wolverines’ Jabrill Peppers earning Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year honors, Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year plaudits and Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year recognition.
Penn State and Wisconsin each claimed individual coaching awards, with Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst being named the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year, as voted on by coaches, and Penn State’s James Franklin earning the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as chosen by a select media panel.
Peppers became the fourth Wolverine to claim Defensive Player of the Year honors and the first since Larry Foote in 2006. He ranks third in the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles for loss in all games. Peppers helped lead a defensive unit that currently ranks second in the nation in total defense (252.7 yards per game), scoring defense (12.5 points per game) and red-zone defense (.680 scoring percentage). The Wolverines also lead the country in passing yards defense (135.9 yards per game) and third-down defense (.209).
The Buckeyes’ Tyquan Lewis secured Ohio State’s third straight Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year nod after former standout Joey Bosa won the award in both 2014 and 2015. Peppers was also named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year, becoming the second conference player claim both Defensive Player and Linebacker of the Year honors, joining Wisconsin’s Chris Borland in 2013. Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis earned Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year honors, becoming the first Wolverine to claim the award since its inception in 2011.
Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter earned Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year accolades, becoming the first Gopher to win the award. Ohio State’s Cameron Johnston became the first Buckeye to claim Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year plaudits. Peppers earned the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year award, which began in 2015.
Chryst guided the Badgers to a 10-2 record overall and 7-2 mark in conference play. Wisconsin won the Big Ten West Division to earn a Big Ten Championship Game berth. Chryst becomes the first Wisconsin mentor to earn Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honors.
Franklin led the Nittany Lions to a 10-2 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in Big Ten play. Penn State earned its first trip to the Big Ten Championship game after winning a share of the East Division title and defeating co-divisional champion Ohio State in the regular season. Franklin becomes the first Penn State coach since Bill O’Brien in 2012 to earn Dave McClain Coach of the Year plaudits.
The defensive All-Big Ten teams were highlighted by four repeat selections to the first-team, including Iowa’s Desmond King, Michigan’s Lewis and Peppers and Ohio State’s Raekown McMillan. Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned multiple selections to the defensive All-Big Ten first teams.
The special teams All-Big Ten first-team recipients included Minnesota’s Carpenter at kicker, Ohio State’s Johnston at punter and Michigan’s Peppers as the return specialist.
The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
The Big Ten postseason awards process is voted on by conference coaches and a select media panel and honors teams, coaches and students with individual honors that each bear the names of one or two former standouts. The Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership awards were announced last week.
A complete list of the 2016 All-Big Ten teams and select individual award winners for defense and special teams, along with this year’s Sportsmanship Award honorees, can be found on the attached PDF. The individual award winners also appear below.
2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Trent Green, Indiana*
Named for Minnesota’s Tony Dungy and Indiana’s Anthony Thompson
Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Reggie McKenzie, Michigan*
Named for Michigan’s Gerald Ford and Iowa’s Nile Kinnick
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Named for Minnesota’s Bronko Nagurski and Michigan’s Charles Woodson
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State
Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota
Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State
Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields
Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Named for Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers and Iowa’s Tim Dwight
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
Named for Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler
Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): James Franklin, Penn State
Named for Wisconsin’s Dave McClain
* Announced Nov. 2