Dec. 4, 2001
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.
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
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
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)