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Dec. 4, 2001

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%^$%^$Park Ridge, IL – The Big Ten announced today the 2001 All-Conference%^$Football teams and individual award winners as selected by the League%^$coaches and a media panel.%^$

%^$Antwaan Randle El has re-written the Indiana and NCAA records books during%^$his tenure in Bloomington. He becomes the first IU player to be named Big%^$Ten Offensive Player of the Year since tailback Anthony Thompson earned the%^$honor in back-to-back seasons (1988 and 1989). Randle El has rushed for more%^$yards (3,895) than any quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history. In 44%^$career games, Randle El has passed for 7,469 yards and 42 touchdowns and%^$rushed for 3,895 yards and 44 scores.%^$

%^$In his final collegiate game, Randle El passed Doug Flutie to move into%^$fifth place on the NCAA Division I-A total yardage list with 11,364 yards,%^$second in Big Ten records behind Purdue’s Drew Brees. Randle El also became%^$the first player in major college football history to record 2,500 total%^$yards in four consecutive seasons. He is the first player in Division I-A%^$history to pass for 40 touchdowns and score 40 touchdowns and finished his%^$career with 42 touchdown passes and 45 touchdowns rushing and receiving. He%^$is also the only Division I-A player in college football history to pass for%^$6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career.%^$

%^$Michigan senior Larry Foote led the Wolverine defense with 73 tackles on the%^$year and tops the team with a school-record-tying 26 tackles for loss. Foote%^$is the Big Ten and national leader in TFLs. On his career, Foote recorded%^$195 total tackles, 42 TFLs, 10 sacks and three interceptions.%^$

%^$Wisconsin’s Wendell Bryant earns his second straight Big Ten Defensive%^$Lineman of the Year honor after sharing the award with Karon Riley of%^$Minnesota last season. Bryant ended the season with eight sacks for a Big%^$Ten best -54 yards and posted 16.5 tackles for loss. Anthony Davis, a true%^$freshman, stepped into the Badgers’ starting line-up and led the Big Ten in%^$rushing with his 133.3 yards per game average and 1,466 total yards, the%^$fifth-highest total by a freshman in NCAA history. He is the nation’s%^$fifth-leading rusher and ended the season with 10 100-yard games, setting%^$the NCAA record for 100-yard performances by a freshman.%^$

%^$Ohio State’s LeCharles Bentley anchored the Buckeyes’ offensive line for%^$three years as a starter. He is one of five finalists for the 2001 Dave%^$Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation’s premier college football center.%^$Bentley is the first OSU player to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the%^$Year honors since Orlando Pace in 1995 and 1996.%^$

%^$In his fifth year as the Illinois head coach, Ron Turner led the Illini to%^$the program’s first Big Ten championship this season since 1990. For the%^$first time since 1984, Illinois posted a perfect 6-0 record at home this%^$year. Turner is 23-11 at Illinois over the past three years and will lead%^$the Illini to a Bowl Championship Series game in January. The Dave McClain%^$Big Ten Coach of the Year award is voted on by a Conference media panel and%^$is named for the late Wisconsin coach, who served at the Badgers’ helm from%^$1978-1985. The Conference dedicated this award to his honor in 1986.%^$

%^$Overall, there are 14 repeat honorees on either the First or Second All-Big%^$Ten Teams from a year ago, including six repeat First Team selections -%^$Bryant, Foote, Purdue tight end Tim Stratton, Wisconsin linebacker Nick%^$Greisen, Michigan State linebacker Josh Thornhill and Ohio State defensive%^$back Mike Doss.%^$

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2001 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team%^$As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES%^$(Players in ALL CAPS have 2002 eligibility)%^$

%^$FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM%^$Antwaan Randle El, Indiana Quarterback Kurt Kittner, Illinois%^$ANTHONY DAVIS, Wisconsin Running Back Ladell Betts, Iowa%^$Levron Williams, Indiana Running Back Jonathan Wells, Ohio State%^$LEE EVANS, Wisconsin Receiver BRANDON LLOYD, Illinois%^$Marquise Walker, Michigan Receiver Ron Johnson, Minnesota%^$LeCharles Bentley, Ohio State Center Luke Butkus, Illinois%^$Jay Kulaga, Illinois Guard ENOCH DeMAR, Indiana%^$ERIC STEINBACH, Iowa Guard Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan%^$TONY PASHOS, Illinois Tackle BEN JOHNSON, Wisconsin%^$Tyson Walter, Ohio State Tackle David Porter, Iowa%^$Mark Anelli, Wisconsin Tight End Chris Baker, Michigan State (tie)%^$ BEN UTECHT, Minnesota (tie)%^$Travis Dorsch, Purdue Kicker Hayden Epstein, Michigan%^$

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%^$FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM%^$Akin Ayodele, Purdue Line Mike Collins, Ohio State%^$Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin Line Napoleon Harris, Northwestern%^$JIMMY KENNEDY, Penn State Line Aaron Kampman, Iowa%^$Matt Mitrione, Purdue Line Josh Shaw, Michigan State%^$Larry Foote, Michigan Linebacker Kevin Bentley, Northwestern%^$Nick Greisen, Wisconsin Linebacker Joe Cooper, Ohio State%^$Josh Thornhill, Michigan State Linebacker VICTOR HOBSON, Michigan%^$MIKE DOSS, Ohio State Defensive Back Todd Howard, Michigan%^$Mike Echols, Wisconsin Defensive Back Bobby Jackson, Illinois%^$BOB SANDERS, Iowa Defensive Back DEREK ROSS, Ohio State%^$EUGENE WILSON, Illinois Defensive Back STUART SCHWEIGERT, Purdue%^$Travis Dorsch, Purdue Punter ANDY GROOM, Ohio State%^$

%^$HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Muhammad Abdullah, PETER CHRISTOFILAKOS, Steve%^$Fitts, Brandon Moore, CHRISTIAN MORTON, JERRY SCHUMACHER, INDIANA: BOBBY%^$BRANDT, KRIS DIELMAN, JOE GONZALEZ, A.C. MYLER, ANTHONY OAKLEY, Craig Osika,%^$Kemp Rasmussen, Dominique Smith, Justin Smith, IOWA: FRED BARR, DALLAS CLARK,%^$COLIN COLE, Kahlil Hill, NATE KAEDING, BRUCE NELSON, Derrick Pickens,%^$MICHIGAN: Kurt Anderson, B.J. ASKEW, Eric Brackins, CHARLES DRAKE, Hayden%^$Epstein, CATO JUNE, SHANTEE ORR, TONY PAPE, DAVE PETRUZIELLO, DAN RUMISHEK,%^$Bill Seymour, MICHIGAN STATE: T.J. DUCKETT, Herb Haygood, Craig Jarrett,%^$BRODERICK NELSON, CHARLES ROGERS, THOMAS WRIGHT, MINNESOTA: Jack Brewer,%^$Derek Burns, JACK KUPPE, TELLIS REDMON, Greg White, NORTHWESTERN: AUSTIN%^$KING, Zak Kustok, KUNLE PATRICK, JEFF ROEHL, Billy Silva, Mike Souza, J.J.%^$Strandring, OHIO STATE: TIM ANDERSON, DARRION SCOTT, MATT WILHELM, PENN%^$STATE: John Gilmore, PURDUE: GILBERT GARDNER, LANDON JOHNSON, Tim Stratton,%^$WISCONSIN: AL JOHNSON.%^$

%^$OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Antwaan Randle El, Quarterback, Indiana%^$OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: LeCharles Bentley, Center, Ohio State%^$DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Larry Foote, Linebacker, Michigan%^$DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Wendell Bryant, Defensive Tackle, Wisconsin%^$FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ANTHONY DAVIS, Running Back, WISCONSIN%^$

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%^$2001 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team%^$As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA%^$(Players in ALL CAPS have 2002 eligibility)%^$

%^$FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM%^$Antwaan Randle El, Indiana Quarterback Kurt Kittner, Illinois%^$ANTHONY DAVIS, Wisconsin Running Back T.J. DUCKETT, Michigan State%^$Levron Williams, Indiana* Running Back Jonathan Wells, Ohio State%^$LEE EVANS, Wisconsin Receiver BRANDON LLOYD, Illinois%^$Marquise Walker, Michigan Receiver CHARLES ROGERS, Michigan State%^$LeCharles Bentley, Ohio State Center Luke Butkus, Illinois%^$Jonathan Goodwin, Michigan Guard ENOCH DeMAR, Indiana%^$Jay Kulaga, Illinois Guard ERIC STEINBACH, Iowa%^$TONY PASHOS, Illinois Tackle BEN JOHNSON, Wisconsin%^$Tyson Walter, Ohio State Tackle David Porter, Iowa%^$Tim Stratton, Purdue Tight End Chris Baker, Michigan State%^$Travis Dorsch, Purdue Kicker PETER CHRISTOFILAKOS, Illinois%^$

%^$FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM%^$Akin Ayodele, Purdue Line Napoleon Harris, Northwestern%^$Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin* Line JIMMY KENNEDY, Penn State%^$Aaron Kampman, Iowa Line Matt Mitrione, Purdue%^$DAN RUMISHEK, Michigan Line SHANTEE ORR, Michigan%^$Larry Foote, Michigan Linebacker VICTOR HOBSON, Michigan%^$Nick Greisen, Wisconsin Linebacker JERRY SCHUMACHER, Illinois%^$Josh Thornhill, Michigan State Linebacker Justin Smith, Indiana%^$Jack Brewer, Minnesota Defensive Back Mike Echols, Wisconsin%^$MIKE DOSS, Ohio State Defensive Back CHRISTIAN MORTON, Illinois%^$STUART SCHWEIGERT, Purdue Defensive Back DEREK ROSS, Ohio State%^$EUGENE WILSON, Illinois Defensive Back BOB SANDERS, Iowa%^$Travis Dorsch, Purdue Punter ANDY GROOM, Ohio State%^$

%^$*Denotes unanimous First Team selection%^$

%^$HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Muhammad Abdullah, Steve Fitts, Bobby Jackson,%^$Brandon Moore, INDIANA: BOBBY BRANDT, JOE GONZALEZ, A.C. MYLER, ANTHONY%^$OAKLEY, Craig Osika, Kemp Rasmussen, IOWA: FRED BARR, Ladell Betts, DALLAS%^$CLARK, COLIN COLE, NATE KAEDING, Derrick Pickens, MICHIGAN: Eric Brackins,%^$Hayden Epstein, Todd Howard, TONY PAPE, DAVE PETRUZIELLO, Bill Seymour,%^$MICHIGAN STATE: Herb Haygood, Craig Jarrett, BRODERICK NELSON, Josh Shaw,%^$MINNESOTA: Ron Johnson, JACK KUPPE, TELLIS REDMON, Greg White, NORTHWESTERN:%^$Kevin Bentley, JEFF ROEHL, Mike Souza, J.J. Strandring, OHIO STATE: TIM%^$ANDERSON, Mike Collins, Joe Cooper, DONNIE NICKEY, MATT WILHELM, PENN STATE:%^$ANTHONY ADAMS, Bruce Branch, John Gilmore, BRYANT JOHNSON, PURDUE: SHAUN%^$PHILLIPS, WISCONSIN: Mark Anelli, AL JOHNSON.%^$

%^$OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Antwaan Randle El, Quarterback, Indiana%^$DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Larry Foote, Linebacker, Michigan%^$FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ANTHONY DAVIS, Running Back, WISCONSIN%^$DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR: Ron Turner, Illinois (unanimous)%^$