Four Badgers Earn First-Team All-Big Ten

Four Badgers Earn First-Team All-Big Ten

Wisconsin's Travis Beckum and Jack Ikegwuonu earn consensus first-team selections while senior Marcus Coleman was a first-team choice of the media and senior Taylor Mehlhaff was selected by the coaches.

MADISON - Four Wisconsin football players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday night on the Big Ten Network.

The four first-teamers are the most for the Badgers since the 2004 squad had five.

TE Travis Beckum and DB Jack Ikegwuonu were both consensus first-team selections, while C Marcus Coleman was a first-team choice of the media and kicker Taylor Mehlhaff was a first-team selection by the league's coaches.

OL Kraig Urbik and DE Matt Shaughnessy were both consensus second-team all-conference picks. P Ken DeBauche was a second-team selection of the Big Ten coaches, while Mehlhaff was a second-team pick by the media.

Several Badgers earned honorable mention All-Big Ten acclaim, including consensus choices DB Shane Carter, LB Jonathan Casillas, QB Tyler Donovan and DL Nick Hayden. Coleman and WR Paul Hubbard were honorable mention choices by the coaches. DeBauche and RB P.J. Hill were honorable mention picks by the media.

Beckum, named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award (nation's best tight end) earlier Monday, leads the nation's tight ends with 73 receptions for 960 yards.

Ikegwuonu led the Big Ten with 14 passes defended in conference games and ranks second in the league in overall games with 16 passes defended.

Mehlhaff, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, leads the Big Ten with 20 field goals. Coleman has started 25 straight games.

Urbik has started 38 consecutive games for the Badgers, while Shaughnessy leads Wisconsin with 16 tackles for loss. DeBauche's 43-yard average in conference games ranked second in the Big Ten.

Carter leads the conference and ranks No. 3 nationally with seven interceptions.

Casillas is Wisconsin's leading tackler for the second consecutive season (he has 86 thus far). Donovan, who is 11-3 as a starter at Wisconsin, ranks fourth in the conference in pass efficiency.

Hayden is third on the team in QB sacks and fourth in tackles for loss.

Hubbard made 13 catches for 278 yards in an injury-shortened seven games this season.

Hill, also hampered by injury, has rushed for 1,080 yards and 14 TDs.

WR Luke Swan was named Wisconsin's winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

2007 All-Big Ten Conference Team

As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES

(Players in ALL CAPS have 2008 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Chad Henne, Michigan Quarterback

RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois Running Back

CHRIS "BEANIE" WELLS, Ohio State Running Back

JAMES HARDY, Indiana Receiver

MARIO MANNINGHAM, Michigan Receiver

A.Q. SHIPLEY, Penn State Center

Martin O'Donnell, Illinois Guard

Adam Kraus, Michigan Guard

Jake Long, Michigan Tackle

Kirk Barton, Ohio State Tackle

TRAVIS BECKUM, Wisconsin Tight End

Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin Kicker

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

GREG MIDDLETON, Indiana Line

MITCH KING, Iowa Line

VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State Line

MAURICE EVANS, Penn State Line

J. Leman, Illinois Linebacker

JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State Linebacker

Dan Connor, Penn State Linebacker

VONTAE DAVIS, Illinois Defensive Back

MALCOLM JENKINS, Ohio State Defensive Back

JUSTIN KING, Penn State Defensive Back

JACK IKEGWUONU, Wisconsin Defensive Back

JEREMY BOONE, Penn State Punter

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

KELLEN LEWIS, Indiana Quarterback

Mike Hart, Michigan Running Back

JAVON RINGER, Michigan State Running Back

DEVIN THOMAS, Michigan State Wide Receiver

Dorien Bryant, Purdue Wide Receiver

RYAN MCDONALD, Illinois Center

RICH OHRNBERGER, Penn State Guard

KRAIG URBIK, Wisconsin Guard

XAVIER FULTON, Illinois Tackle

ALEX BOONE, Ohio State Tackle

Dustin Keller, Purdue Tight End

AUSTIN STARR, Indiana Kicker

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

TERRANCE TAYLOR, Michigan Line

Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State Line

Cliff Avril, Purdue Line

MATT SHAUGHNESSY, Wisconsin Line

Shawn Crable, Michigan Linebacker

SEAN LEE, Penn State Linebacker

Tracy Porter, Indiana Defensive Back

Charles Godfrey, Iowa Defensive Back

Jamar Adams, Michigan Defensive Back

Dominique Barber, Minnesota Defensive Back

Ken DeBauche, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION:

ILLINOIS: WILL DAVIS, Kevin Mitchell, Chris Norwell, Jason Reda, ISIAH "JUICE" WILLIAMS

INDIANA: John Sandberg

IOWA: RYAN DONAHUE, RAFAEL EUBANKS, Mike Humpal, Ken Iwebema, Bryan Mattison, SETH OLSEN, Albert Young

MICHIGAN: JUSTIN BOREN, Brandent Englemon, Morgan Trent

MICHIGAN STATE: Ervin Baldwin, Jehuu Caulcrick, Kellen Davis

MINNESOTA: JUSTIN KUCEK

NORTHWESTERN: JOHN GILL, Adam Kadela, Trevor Rees, TYRELL SUTTON

OHIO STATE: TODD BOECKMAN, KURT COLEMAN, BRIAN ROBISKIE, ANDERSON RUSSELL, A.J. TRAPASSO, DONALD WASHINGTON

PENN STATE: GERALD CADOGAN, JOSH GAINES, ANTHONY SCIRROTTO

PURDUE: ANTHONY HEYGOOD, CURTIS PAINTER, SEAN SESTER, Terrell Vinson

WISCONSIN: SHANE CARTER, JONATHAN CASILLAS, Marcus Coleman, Tyler Donovan, Nick Hayden, Paul Hubbard.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jake Long, Michigan

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ARRELIOUS BENN, Illinois

2007 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team

As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA

(Players in ALL CAPS have 2008 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

TODD BOECKMAN, Ohio State Quarterback

RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois Running Back

CHRIS "BEANIE" WELLS, Ohio State Running Back

JAMES HARDY, Indiana Receiver

MARIO MANNINGHAM, Michigan Receiver

Marcus Coleman, Wisconsin Center

Martin O'Donnell, Illinois Guard

Adam Kraus, Michigan Guard

Jake Long, Michigan Tackle

Kirk Barton, Ohio State Tackle

TRAVIS BECKUM, Wisconsin Tight End

AUSTIN STARR, Indiana Kicker

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

KELLEN LEWIS, Indiana Quarterback

Mike Hart, Michigan Running Back

JAVON RINGER, Michigan State Running Back

DEVIN THOMAS, Michigan State Receiver

Dorien Bryant, Purdue Receiver

RYAN MCDONALD, Illinois Center

RICH OHRNBERGER, Penn State Guard

KRAIG URBIK, Wisconsin Guard

Pete Clifford, Michigan State Tackle

ALEX BOONE, Ohio State Tackle

Dustin Keller, Purdue Tackle

Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin Kicker

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

GREG MIDDLETON, Indiana Line

Jonal Saint-Dic, Michigan State Line

VERNON GHOLSTON, Ohio State Line

MAURICE EVANS, Penn State Line

J Leman, Illinois Linebacker

JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State Linebacker

Dan Connor, Penn State Linebacker

Tracy Porter, Indiana Defensive Back

MALCOLM JENKINS, Ohio State Defensive Back

JUSTIN KING, Penn State Defensive Back

JACK IKEGWUONU, Wisconsin Defensive Back

JEREMY BOONE, Penn State Punter

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

WILL DAVIS, Illinois Line

MITCH KING, Iowa Line

Bryan Mattison, Iowa Line

MATT SHAUGHNESSY, Wisconsin Line

Mike Humpal, Iowa Linebacker

Shawn Crable, Michigan Linebacker

SEAN LEE, Penn State Linebacker

VONTAE DAVIS, Illinois Defensive Back

Jamar Adams, Michigan Defensive Back

Dominique Barber, Minnesota Defensive Back

Terrell Vinson, Purdue Defensive Back

JUSTIN KUCEK, Minnesota Punter

HONORABLE MENTION:

ILLINOIS: XAVIER FULTON, Kevin Mitchell, Chris Norwell, Jason Reda, ISIAH "JUICE" WILLIAMS

INDIANA: John Sandberg, AUSTIN THOMAS

IOWA: RYAN DONAHUE, Charles Godfrey, Mike Klinkenborg, MATT KROUL, Adam Shada, Albert Young

MICHIGAN: JUSTIN BOREN, Brandent Englemon, Chris Graham, Tim Jamison, Will Johnson, TERRANCE TAYLOR

MICHIGAN STATE: Ervin Baldwin, Kellen Davis, BRIAN HOYER, Travis Key

MINNESOTA: Tony Brinkhaus, Steve Shidell

NORTHWESTERN: C.J. BACHER, JOHN GILL, Adam Kadela, Trevor Rees

OHIO STATE: KURT COLEMAN, MARCUS FREEMAN, RYAN PRETORIUS, BRIAN ROBISKIE, ANDERSON RUSSELL, A.J. TRAPASSO

PENN STATE: GERALD CADOGAN, JOSH GAINES, KEVIN KELLY, Rodney Kinlaw, ANTHONY SCIRROTTO, A.Q. SHIPLEY

PURDUE: Cliff Avril, Jordan Grimes, CURTIS PAINTER, Robbie Powell, SEAN SESTER

WISCONSIN: SHANE CARTER, JONATHAN CASILLAS, Ken DeBauche, Tyler Donovan, Nick Hayden, P.J. HILL.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RASHARD MENDENHALL, Illinois

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JAMES LAURINAITIS, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ARRELIOUS BENN, Illinois

DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR: Ron Zook, Illinois

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: J Leman, ILL; Josiah Sears, IND; Tom Busch, IOWA; Chad Henne, MICH; JAVON RINGER, MSU; Amir Pinnix, MINN; Tonjua (T.J.) Jones, NU; BRIAN HARTLINE, OSU; Anthony Morelli, PSU; JAYCEN TAYLOR, PUR; Luke Swan, WIS.

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