Borland Named B1G's Best Backer
Chris Borland (USA Today Sports)
Chris Borland (USA Today Sports)

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Led by a consensus first-team selection on both sides of the ball, Wisconsin placed 14 players on the 2013 All-Big Ten teams announced Monday by the league, including senior linebacker Chris Borland named the conference's best linebacker.

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MADISON - He was snubbed being named a finalist for the Butkus Award, but senior linebacker Chris Borland won Butkus Award of a different kind Monday.

Following his third straight 100 tackle season, Borland was named the Big Ten's Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and a first-team all-conference pick, one of 14 players earning honors from the league’s coaches and a panel of media voters.

Borland beat out Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (considered the favorite for the award) and Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough (considered the best player on the best defense in the conference).

Borland, finished the regular season in a tie for fifth in the Big Ten, averaging 9.27 tackles per game. His 102 total stops were the fifth-most of any Big Ten player despite the fact that he missed an entire game - and the majority of another - due to injury.

Borland was one of just two unanimous first-team selections by the coaches, along with Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard at defensive back.

With double-digit tackles in each of his last six full games, Borland averaged 11.8 stops and 1.0 TFLs per contest in that span. He finished the regular season with seven games in which he recorded at least 10 tackles.

For his career, Borland ranks sixth all-time at Wisconsin - and second among active FBS players – with 410 total tackles. His 50.0 career tackles for loss rank 10th among active players and fourth in UW history.

On offense, senior WR Jared Abbrederis was a consensus first-team selection among eight players named All-Big Ten on that side of the ball.

Abbrederis wrapped up the regular season ranked fifth in the Big Ten in receiving at 87.6 yards per game, with his 73 receptions ranked third and his 1,051 receiving yards fourth in the league.

The former walk-on pulled in seven touchdown receptions on the season, giving him 23 for his career. That ranks in a tie for second all-time at UW. He also ranks second all-time in receiving yards (3,110) and receptions (197).

With one game remaining in his career, Abbrederis’ 3,110 career receiving yards rank him ninth in Big Ten history and eighth among all active FBS players.

Abbrederis became just the third player in school history to amass 1,000 receiving yards in a season and is the first at UW to record at least 800 yards in three different seasons.

Senior OL Ryan Groy was a first-team selection of the coaches and a second-team pick of the media.

In addition to UW’s first-team picks, both pieces of the Badgers’ dynamic duo at running back, senior James White and sophomore Melvin Gordon, were consensus second-team selections.

Junior OL Rob Havenstein was a second-team pick by the media and earned honorable mention from the coaches.

Also earning honorable mention from both the coaches and media were senior NG Beau Allen, sophomore OL Tyler Marz, senior DE Pat Muldoon, senior TE Jacob Pedersen and senior S Dezmen Southward.

In addition, sophomore S Michael Caputo, freshman CB Sojourn Shelton and sophomore QB Joel Stave earned honorable mention from the media.


WR Jared Abbrederis – First team (consensus); OL Ryan Groy – First team (coaches), second team (media); RB Melvin Gordon – Second team (consensus); RB James White – Second team (consensus); OL Rob Havenstein – Second team (media), honorable mention (coaches); OL Tyler Marz – Honorable mention (consensus); TE Jacob Pedersen – Honorable mention (consensus); QB Joel Stave – Honorable mention (media).


LB Chris Borland – First team (consensus); NG Beau Allen – Honorable mention (consensus); DE Pat Muldoon – Honorable mention (consensus); S Dezmen Southward – Honorable mention (consensus); S Michael Caputo – Honorable mention (media); CB Sojourn Shelton – Honorable mention (media).

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award: Chris Borland.

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