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December 2, 2013
Lewan, Funchess win Big 10 awards
The regular season wrapped up with an exciting final weekend of play, and the All-Big Ten first and second teams were announced Monday night.
Several Wolverines were honored, not only on the all-conference teams but also with position group awards.
Fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan, who returned to Ann Arbor for his final year of eligibility instead of declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft, won the 2013 Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman Of The Year award, defending his title from last season.
The Wolverines have dominated the award recently. Before Lewan's two-year run, Michigan center David Molk won it as a fifth-year senior in 2011, on his was to the Rimington Award as the nation's best center.
Michigan players have won six of the last 10 Big Ten Offensive Lineman Of The Year awards: David Bass in 2004, Jake Long in 2006 and 2007, Molk in 2011 and Lewan in 2012 and 2013.
Sophomore Devin Funchess, who had a breakout season with 47 catches for 727 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and six touchdowns, was named the Kwalick-Clark Tight End Of The Year winner.
The Kwalick-Clark Tight End Of The Year award began in 2011. Funchess is the first Michigan player to win it after Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore in 2011 and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen in 2012.
Lewan was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. The media voted Funchess as the first-team All-Big Ten tight end, while the coaches gave it to Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz. The coaches voted Funchess to the second team.
Redshirt sophomore defensive back Blake Countess, who tied Purdue's Ricardo Allen for a Big Ten-leading six interceptions, was a first-team All-Big Ten defensive back on the media's team. The coaches named him to the second team.
The coaches place junior defensive end Frank Clark on their second-team All-Big Ten list.
Clark received honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from the media. Others who received honorable-mention recognition from the media were senior defensive tackle Jibreel Black, redshirt junior quarterback Devin Gardner, fifth-year senior kicker Brendan Gibbons and junior cornerback Raymon Taylor. Black and fifth-year senior right tackle Michael Schofield were on the coaches' honorable mention list.
Senior defensive back Courtney Avery was one of 11 players to receive the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Kay Jewelers Signature Moment Of The Year: Ohio State stifles Michigan's two-point conversion attempt with 32 second to go, sealing a 42-41 win.
Here is a breakdown of the Big Ten individual award winners:
Griese-Brees Quarterback Of The Year: Ohio State junior Braxton Miller
Richter-Howard Receiver Of The Year: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Ameche-Dayne Running Back Of The Year: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Kwalick-Clark Tight End Of The Year: Devin Funchess, Michigan
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman Of The Year: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman Of The Year: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker Of The Year: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back Of The Year: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Bakken-Anderson Kicker Of The Year: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Eddleman-Fields Punter Of The Year: Cody Webster, Purdue
Player Award Notes:
Here is a breakdown of the first- and second-team All-Big Ten teams: