The Big Ten released its postseason honors Monday evening, and Wisconsin’s hawdware haul shows why the Badgers will square off in the conference’s first-ever championship game this Saturday.
A school-record nine Badgers were named first-team All-Big Ten, the highest total of any team in the conference. Additionally, Russell Wilson, in his one and only season in Madison, was named quarterback of the year, while teammate Montee Ball picked up running back honors.
Ball was also the lone unanimous first-team All-Big Ten pick on both the coaches and media squads.
Below are the individual award winners, followed after the jump by the first- and second-team all-conference selections.
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Named for Purdue’s Bob Griese and Drew Brees
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Named for Wisconsin’s Pat Richter and Michigan’s Desmond Howard
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Named for Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
Named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: David Molk, Michigan
Named for Nebraska’s Dave Rimington and Ohio State’s Orlando Pace
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Devon Still, Penn State
Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Lavonte David, Nebraska
Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska
Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska
Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields