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Badgers net Big Ten honors

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November 24, 2009
— Wisconsin sophomore tailback John Clay was named Big Ten offensive player of the year and freshman linebacker Chris Borland was named the league’s freshman of the year Monday.

Clay is the just the third UW player in school history to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, joining running backs Brent Moss (1993) and Ron Dayne (1999). He leads the Big Ten in rushing in all games (111.3 yards per game) and paced the league during conference games (121 ypg.). Clay’s 13 touchdowns also lead all Big Ten players as did his 10 TDs in league play. With one regular-season game left, Clay has rushed for 1,224 yards, good for 14th on UW’s single-season list. He has seven 100-yard rushing games this year, including six in conference games.


Borland has made his mark on both defense and special teams while becoming the sixth UW player to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors. The Kettering, Ohio, native led the Badgers in tackles during the Big Ten season with 46, despite starting just the last four games.


He is tied for the conference lead with three fumble recoveries and tied for second in the league with five forced fumbles. That makes him just the third player in UW history with at least three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in the same season.


In addition, Borland ranks third on the Badgers with 7.5 tackles for loss and also recorded an interception and punt block during the season.


In addition to earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, Clay was one of five Badgers to be named first-team all-conference.


Clay is joined on the media’s first-team All-Big Ten ballot by junior guard John Moffitt, junior tackle Gabe Carimi, senior tight end Garrett Graham and senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield. Clay, Moffitt and Schofield were also first-team selections by the coaches.


The coaches’ second-team includes Carimi, Graham and safety Jay Valai.


Seven Badgers earned honorable mention All-Big Ten including Valai (media), Borland (media and coaches), senior safety Chris Maragos (media and coaches), sophomore receiver Nick Toon (media and coaches), junior quarterback Scott Tolzien (coaches), sophomore punter Brad Nortman (coaches) and sophomore defensive end J.J. Watt (media).


Coaches’ Selections

FIRST TEAM


Offense


QB—Daryll Clark, Penn State.


RB—Evan Royster, Penn State; John Clay, Wisconsin.


T—Bryan Bulaga, Iowa; Dennis Landolt, Penn State


G—Dace Richardson, Iowa; John Moffitt, Wisconsin.


C—Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State.


TE—Tony Moeaki, Iowa.


WR—Blair White, Michigan State; Eric Decker, Minnesota.


PK—Brett Swenson, Michigan State.


Defense


DL—Adrian Clayborn, Iowa; Brandon Graham, Michigan; Jared Odrick, Penn State; O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin.


LB—Pat Angerer, Iowa; Greg Jones, Michigan State; Navorro Bowman, Penn State.


DB—Tyler Sash, Iowa; Amari Spievey, Iowa; Brad Phillips, Northwestern; Kurt Coleman, Ohio State.


P—Zoltan Mesko, Michigan Punter Jeremy Boone, Penn State


Offense 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.


SECOND TEAM


Offense


QB—Mike Kafka, Northwestern.


RB—Brandon Saine, Ohio State; Ralph Bolden, Purdue.


WR—Tandon Doss, Indiana; Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa; Keith Smith, Purdue.


C—Rafael Eubanks, Iowa; Joel Nitchman, Michigan State.


G—Jon Asamoah, Illinois; Justin Boren, Ohio State.


T—Rodger Saffold, Indiana; Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin.


TE—Garrett Graham, Wisconsin.


PK—Stefan Demos, Northwestern.


Defense


DL—Jammie Kirlew, Indiana; Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State; Cameron Heyward, Ohio State; Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue.


LB—A.J. Edds, Iowa; Ross Homan, Ohio State; Sean Lee, Penn State.


DB—Donovan Warren, Michigan; Sherrick McManis, Northwestern; Brandon King, Purdue; Back David Pender, Purdue; Jay Valai, Wisconsin.


P—Jeremy Boone, Penn State.


HONORABLE MENTION


Illinois—Arelious Benn, Mikel Leshoure, Juice Williams. Indiana—Ben Chappell, ay 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.


Meda Selections


FIRST TEAM


Offense


QB—Daryll Clark, Penn State.


RB—Evan Royster, Penn State; John Clay, Wisconsin.


T—Bryan Bulaga, Iowa; Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin.


G—Justin Boren, Ohio State; John Moffitt, Wisconsin.


C—Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State.


TE—Garrett Graham, Wisconsin.


WR—Tandon Doss, Indiana; Keith Smith, Purdue.


PK—Brett Swenson, Michigan State.


Defense


DL—Adrian Clayborn, Iowa; Brandon Graham, Michigan; Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue; O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin.


LB—Pat Angerer, Iowa; Greg Jones, Michigan State; Navorro Bowman, Penn State.


DB—Tyer Sash, Iowa; Donovan Warren, Michigan; Sherrick McManis, Northwestern; Kurt Coleman, Ohio State.


P—Zoltan Mesko, Michigan.


Offensive Player of the Year—John Clay, Wisconsin.


Defensive Player of the Year—Greg Jones, Michigan State .


Fresman of the Year—Chris Borland, Wisconsin.


Dave McClain Coach of the Year—Kirk Ferentz, Iowa.


SECOND TEAM


Offense


QB—Mike Kafka, Northwestern.


RB—Brandon Saine, Ohio State; Ralph Bolden, Purdue.


T—Kyle Calloway, Iowa; Dennis Landolt, Penn State.


G—Jon Asamoah, Illinois; Dace Richardson, Iowa.


C—Rafael Eubanks, Iowa.


TE—Tony Moeaki, Iowa.


WR—Blair White, Michigan State; Zeke Markshausen, Northwestern.


PK—Stefan Demos, Northwestern.


Defense


DL—Jammie Kirlew, Indiana; Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State; Cameron Heyward, Ohio State; Jared Odrick, Penn State.


LB—Ross Homan, Ohio State; Josh Hull, Penn State; Sean Lee, Penn State.


DB—Brett Greenwood, Iowa; Amari Spievey, Iowa; Brad Phillips, Northwestern; David Pender, Purdue.


P—Jeremy 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.



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