Big Ten announces all-conference teams, individual award winners

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The Big Ten championship is five days away, which means it’s time for Jim Delany‘s league to announce its all-conference teams and its bevy of individual awards.

Since the conference’s list of awards winners is longer than an Iowa touchdown drive, let’s get right to it:

– Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

– Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Tony Lippett, Michigan State

– Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

– Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Maxx Williams, Minnesota

– Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Scherff, Iowa

– Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

– Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Mike Hull, Penn State

– Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

– Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brad Craddock, Maryland

– Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Peter Mortell, Minnesota

The conference will announce its offensive, defensive, coach and freshman of the year awards at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN.

The conference also announced its coaches’ and media first and second teams.

First Team Offense (Coaches)
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State
WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C Jack Allen, Michigan State
G Pat Elflein, Ohio State
G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
T Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Brad Craddock, Maryland

Second Team Offense (Coaches)
QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
RB David Cobb, Minnesota
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland
WR Devin Funchess, Michigan
TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C Austin Blythe, Iowa
G Travis Jackson, Michigan State
G Zac Epping, Minnesota
T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
T Taylor Decker, Ohio State
K Sam Ficken, Penn State

First Team Defense (Coaches)
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB Mike Hull, Penn State
LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
DB Doran Grant, Ohio State
P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Second Team Defense (Coaches)
DL Carl Davis, Iowa
DL Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa
DL Maliek Collins, Michigan State
DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State
LB Quinton Alston, Iowa
LB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DB Eric Murray, Minnesota
DB Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern
DB Frankie Williams, Purdue
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Darius Hillary, Wisconsin
P Justin DuVernois, Illinois

First Team Offense (Media)
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State
WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota
C Jack Allen, Michigan State
G Zac Epping, Minnesota
G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin
T Brandon Scherff, Iowa
T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
K Brad Craddock, Maryland

Second Team Offense (Media)
QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
RB David Cobb, Minnesota
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
WR Mikey Dudek, Illinois
WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
C Dan Voltz, Wisconsin
G Travis Jackson, Michigan State
G Pat Elflein, Ohio State
T Jack Conklin, Michigan State
T Taylor Decker, Ohio State
K Sam Ficken, Penn State

First Team Defense (Media)
DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska
DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State
LB Jake Ryan, Michigan
LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota
LB Mike Hull, Penn State
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State
P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Second Team Defense (Media)
DL Carl Davis, Iowa
DL Drew Ott, Iowa
DL Andre Monroe, Maryland
DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State
LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State
LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin
DB Nate Gerry, Nebraska
DB Nick Van Hoose, Northwestern
DB Dorian Grant, Ohio State
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Justin DuVernois, Illinois

Michigan QB Brandon Peters transferring to Illinois

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For the second time this week, Illinois is on the receiving end of a Power Five transfer.

Late last month, it was reported that Brandon Peters was set to visit Illinois as well take trips to a pair of MAC schools in Bowling Green and Miami of Ohio.  On Instagram Tuesday evening, the quarterback confirmed that he will be continuing his collegiate career with the Fighting Illini.

In early May, it was confirmed that Peters had signaled his intent to leave Michigan by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.

Peters will graduate from U-M later next month, which allows for immediate eligibility for the Indiana native.  He would also have another season of eligibility he can use the following year.

A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2016 recruiting class, Peters was rated as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Indiana; and the No. 61 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  Only two signees in Jim Harbaugh‘s first full class in Ann Arbor were rated higher than Peters.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Peters started four of the six games in which he played in 2017 and appeared to be the Wolverines’ quarterback of the future before Shea Patterson transferred into the program from Ole Miss.  With Patterson starting all of last year, Peters attempted just one pass in five appearances this past season.

Peters’ decision to transfer from the Wolverines came a few of months after Patterson opted to return to U-M for another season instead of leaping early in the 2019 NFL Draft.

USF debuts new, lightweight Adidas threads

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I’m not sure if you knew this, but it can get hot in Tampa in the early fall. Humid. Steamy. Muggy. Downright uncomfortable. Sweat is a part of life there, especially if you’re spending your Saturday afternoons running around in full pads and a helmet.

As such, South Florida figured it’d be to their advantage to wear lightweight, breathable uniforms, and Adidas has produced.

On Tuesday, USF debuted a brand new WVN A1 uniform, the German-based manufacturer’s lightest uniform. USF was certain to point out they will be the only team in the threads this season.

“We are very excited that in the second year of our partnership with adidas our football team will be the only one in the country wearing their lightest weight uniforms,” USF AD Michael Kelly said in a statement. “We look forward to the Bulls looking great and feeling great in the new lightweight, breathable material.”

The design itself is slightly different from what the Bulls wore previously, solid green or white with green shoulders, cresting into golden bull horns on each side, above a solid color pant. The metallic material that comprises the golden Bull horn on each shoulder was developed in Israel.

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to uniforms, but in this set of eyes these kits are a massive step up from the chainmail-style Adidas template South Florida wore previously, shown above.

The new, lightweight uniforms will take the field for the first time on Friday, Aug. 30 vs. Wisconsin (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

K-State WR Hunter Rison, formerly at Michigan State, reportedly pursuing second transfer

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Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison will pursue a second transfer in as many years, according to reports Tuesday from GoPowercat and the Wichita Eagle.

The son of Michigan State great Andre Rison, Hunter signed with his father’s alma mater in 2017 and caught 19 passes for 224 yards as a freshman before transferring to Kansas State. After sitting out the 2018 season, as per NCAA transfer rules, Rison shined in spring practice, but his career as a Wildcat was instantly derailed when he was arrested for domestic battery in April.

Rison was immediately suspended from the team, though he maintains his innocence. Charges have not been filed, and his first court appearance in the civil case related to the charge is scheduled for July 16.

“This will be my only response,” Rison wrote on Twitter at the time. “I will continue to be myself … A man of God, as well as a great student-athlete at this university. I have done nothing wrong.”

Report: Suspended Texas LB will not return to team

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Texas linebacker Demarco Boyd will continue to be a UT student but no longer a Longhorn football player, according to Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods.

Boyd, a linebacker out of Gilmer, Texas, was suspended last season after he was arrested for an alleged assault last July.

According to Richardson, Boyd will remain in school until his graduate transfer, when he will pursue a graduate transfer elsewhere. A 3-star member of UT’s 2016 class, Boyd redshirted his first year on campus and played sparingly in his one season on the active roster.

He is the younger brother of former Texas cornerback Kris Boyd, a 2019 seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings.