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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:

  • The Hayes-Schembechler Coach Of The Year, the Graham-George Offensive Player Of The Year, the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player Of The Year and the Thompson-Randle El Freshman Of The Year awards will all be given out during a live show on BTN Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

  • Miller wins his second-consecutive Griese-Brees Quarterback Of The Year award. Miller also has a chance to win his second straight Graham-George Offensive Player Of The Year award (announced Tuesday evening).

  • Robinson wins the Richter-Howard Receiver Of The Year award for the second-straight season.

  • Lewan wins the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman Of The Year award for the second-straight season.

    Here is a breakdown of the first- and second-team All-Big Ten teams:

    2013 All-Big Ten Offense First Team
    Pos.
    Coaches
    Media
    Quarterback
    Braxton Miller, Ohio State
    Miller
    Running Back
    Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
    Abdullah
    Running Back
    Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
    Hyde
    Receiver
    Allen Robinson, Penn State
    Robinson
    Receiver
    Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
    Abbrederis
    Center
    Corey Linsley, Ohio State
    Linsley
    Guard
    John Urschel, Penn State
    Urschel
    Guard
    Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
    Andrew Norwell, Ohio State
    Tackle
    Taylor Lewan, Michigan
    Lewan
    Tackle
    Brandon Scherff, Iowa
    Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
    Tight End
    C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
    Devin Funchess, Michigan
    Kicker
    Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
    Budzien
    2013 All-Big Ten Offense Second Team
    Pos.
    Coaches
    Media
    Quarterback
    Connor Cook, Michigan State
    Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
    Running Back
    James White, Wisconsin
    White
    Running Back
    Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
    Gordon
    Receiver
    Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
    Gallon
    Receiver
    Philly Brown, Ohio State
    Cody Latimer, Indiana
    Center
    Cole Pensick, Nebraska
    Jack Allen, Michigan State
    Guard
    Blake Treadwell, Michigan State
    Treadwell
    Guard
    Norwell
    Groy
    Tackle
    Brett Van Sloten, Iowa
    Scherff
    Tackle
    Mewhort
    Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin
    Tight End
    Funchess
    Fiedorowicz
    Kicker
    Mitch Ewald, Indiana
    Mike Meyer, Iowa

    2013 All-Big Ten Defense First Team
    Pos.
    Coaches
    Media
    Line
    Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
    Calhoun
    Line
    Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
    Hageman
    Line
    Randy Gregory, Nebraska
    Gregory
    Line
    DaQuan Jones, Penn State
    Noah Spence, Ohio State
    Linebacker
    Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
    Shazier
    Linebacker
    Max Bullough, Michigan State
    Bullough
    Linebacker
    Chris Borland, Wisconsin
    Wisconsin
    Defensive Back
    Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    Roby
    Defensive Back
    Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    Dennard
    Defensive Back
    Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
    Blake Countess, Michigan
    Defensive Back
    Isaiah Lews, Michigan State
    Broke Vereen, Minnesota
    Ciante Evans, Nebraska
    B.J. Lowery, Ohio State
    Punter
    Mike Sadler, Michigan State
    Cody Webster, Purdue
    2013 All-Big Ten Defense Second Team
    Pos.
    Coaches
    Media
    Line
    Frank Clark, Michigan
    Thieren Cockran, Minnesota
    Line
    Carl Davis, Iowa
    Tyler Scott, Northwestern
    Line
    Michael Bennett, Ohio State
    Bennett
    Line
    Spence
    Jones
    Linebacker
    James Morris, Iowa
    Morris
    Linebacker
    Denicos Allen, Michigan State
    Allen
    Linebacker
    Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
    Jonathan Brown, Illinois
    Defensive Back
    Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
    Jean-Baptiste
    Defensive Back
    Countess
    Ricardo Allen, Purdue
    Defensive Back
    (Reduced as a result of ties on first team)
    Drummond
    Defensive Back
    (Reduced as a result of ties on first team) Evans
    Punter
    Webster
    Sadler



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