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Nugent, Hawk Earn All-Conference Honors

Senior kicker Mike Nugent and junior linebacker A.J. Hawk earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors today. They were named to both all-conference first teams by members of the media and Big Ten coaches.
Nugent finished the 2004 regular season as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, kicking 20 of 23 field goals and all 27 PATs for 87 points. He is now just seven points away from Pete Johnson’s OSU career scoring record. Meanwhile, Hawk was the team’s leading tackler with 136 total stops, the most by any OSU defender since Chris Spielman led the team with 156 tackles in 1987.
In addition to the pair of first-teamers, defensive end Simon Fraser, safety Nate Salley and receiver Santonio Holmes were named the second team as voted by the coaches while no Buckeyes earned second-team mention on the media’s team. Honorable mention from the coaches went to cornerback Dustin Fox, receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr., defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock and cornerback Ashton Youboty while the media named Fox, Fraser, Ginn, Holmes, Pitcock, Salley, Youboty and center Nick Mangold to honorable mention.
Big Ten co-champion Michigan claimed three individual honors as the coaches and media picked Braylon Edwards as the Offensive Player of the Year and Michael Hart as the Freshman of the Year while the coaches also chose David Baas as the Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Wisconsin’s Erasmus James swept Defensive Player of the Year laurels from both groups while also garnering Defensive Lineman of the Year accolades from the coaches. Iowa mentor Kirk Ferentz was the media’s choice for the Dave McClain Coach of the Year award after leading his program to a share of the title.
Edwards boosted Michigan to back-to-back Big Ten titles for the first time since the 1997-98 seasons to become the second straight Wolverine to earn League Offensive Player of the Year laurels, as running back Chris Perry was honored last season. The senior became the first wide receiver to be named Offensive Player of the Year since fellow-UM wideout Desmond Howard collected the accolade in 1991 on his way to the Heisman Trophy. Edwards is the first player in Big Ten history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, as he has produced a career-high 1,221 yards in 2004 after breaking the 1,000-yard barrier as a junior (1,138) and sophomore (1,035).
Hart became the first true freshman to lead the Big Ten in rushing since Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1996 to give the Wolverines their second straight Freshman of the Year award, as Steve Breaston was honored by the coaches last season. Hart ranks 10th nationally with 124.7 rushing yards per outing, as he accumulated 261 attempts for 1,372 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He was also the only freshman to earn All-Big Ten First Team accolades in 2004.
Baas was tabbed the Offensive Lineman of the Year as he bolstered an attack that blocked for the League’s leading rusher and protected a true freshman quarterback. After earning First Team All-Conference laurels as a guard the last two seasons, the senior made the move to center and the Wolverines ranked second in Big Ten play with 423.6 total yards and 30.8 points per game. Baas is only the second offensive lineman in Michigan history to earn First Team All-League honors in three straight seasons along with four-time honoree Steve Hutchinson (1997-2000), who was the last Wolverine to be named Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2000.
James was named the Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading a Wisconsin defense that topped the Big Ten and ranked among the top 10 nationally in passing (sixth with 158.5 yards per game), scoring (tied for seventh with 14.6 points per contest) and total defense (eighth with 275.9 yards per outing). The senior defensive end is a finalist for the Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy and Hendricks Award after leading the Conference and ranking among the top 15 in the country with eight sacks. He picks up First Team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career, including a unanimous selection by the media. James is the first Badger to claim Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year accolades in the same year since Tom Burke in 1998, as Wisconsin has produced the Defensive Lineman of the Year in four of the last seven seasons including Wendell Bryant in 2000 and 2001. The last UW product to collect the Defensive Player of the Year award was Jamar Fletcher in 2000.
Ferentz earns Coach of the Year laurels for the second time in his career, as he was also honored in 2002 after leading the Hawkeyes to his first Big Ten title. The Iowa mentor rallied his team from a season-opening defeat at Michigan to reel off seven straight victories and earn a share of the 2004 Big Ten Championship, as Iowa finished atop the standings twice in three seasons for the first time since 1960 and 1958. The only other Hawkeyes mentor to claim Coach of the Year honors was Hayden Fry, who was honored on two occasions in 1981 and 1990. The Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year award is voted on by a conference media panel and is named for the late Wisconsin coach, who served at the Badgers’ helm from 1978-85. The league dedicated this award to his honor in 1986.
The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for football are Kelvin Hayden of Illinois, Aaron Halterman of Indiana, Jonathan Babineaux of Iowa, Kevin Dudley of Michigan, Tyrell Dortch of Michigan State, Dominique Sims of Minnesota, Luis Castillo of Northwestern, Maurice Hall of Ohio State, Zack Mills of Penn State, Kyle Ingraham of Purdue and Scott Starks of Wisconsin. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Conference office will select one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
A complete listing of the 2004 All-Big Ten Teams and individual honors follows:
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE -- COACHES
QB -- DREW TATE, Iowa
RB -- MICHAEL HART, Michigan
RB -- LAURENCE MARONEY, Minnesota
WR -- Braylon Edwards, Michigan*
WR -- Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue
C -- GREG ESLINGER, Minnesota (tie)
C -- David Baas, Michigan (tie)
G -- Matt Lentz, Michigan
G -- Dan Buenning, Wisconsin
T -- Adam Stenavich, Michigan
T -- Rian Melander, Minnesota
TE -- Tim Massaquoi, Michigan
PK -- Mike Nugent, Ohio State
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE -- COACHES
QB -- Kyle Orton, Purdue
RB -- Noah Herron, Northwestern
RB -- Anthony Davis, Wisconsin
WR -- JASON AVANT, Michigan
WR -- SANTONIO HOLMES, Ohio State
C -- None
G -- MARK SETTERSTROM, Minnesota
G -- Jonathan Clinkscale, Wisconsin
T -- JAKE LONG, Michigan (tie)
T -- Sean Poole, Michigan State
T -- ZACH STRIEF, Northwestern (tie)
TE -- Jason Randall, Michigan State
PK -- Dave Rayner, Michigan State
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE -- COACHES
DL -- Matt Roth, Iowa*
DL -- GABE WATSON, Michigan
DL -- Anttaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin
DL -- Erasmus James, Wisconsin
LB -- CHAD GREENWAY, Iowa
LB -- ABDUL HODGE, Iowa
LB -- A.J. HAWK, Ohio State
DB -- Marlin Jackson, Michigan
DB -- Ernest Shazor, Michigan
DB -- Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin
DB -- Scott Starks, Wisconsin
P -- STEVE WEATHERFORD, Illinois
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE -- COACHES
DL -- Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa
DL -- Luis Castillo, Northwestern
DL -- Simon Fraser, Ohio State
DL -- TAMBA HALI, Penn State
LB -- LAMARR WOODLEY, Michigan
LB -- TIM MCGARIGLE, Northwestern
LB -- PAUL POSLUSZNY, Penn State
DB -- Kelvin Hayden, Illinois
DB -- NATE SALLEY, Ohio State
DB -- ALAN ZEMAITIS, Penn State
DB -- BERNARD POLLARD, Purdue
P -- BRANDON FIELDS, Michigan State
* -- denotes unanimous selection
ALL CAPS -- denotes players with eligibility remaining
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: Bucky Babcock, Duke Preston, PIERRE THOMAS; INDIANA: Herana-Daze Jones, KYLE KILLION, Courtney Roby; IOWA: ANTWAN ALLEN, David Bradley, Sean Considine, Tony Jackson, JOVON JOHNSON, MIKE JONES, Peter McMahon, KYLE SCHLICHER, CLINTON SOLOMON; MICHIGAN: LEON HALL, CHAD HENNE, Lawrence Reid, GARRETT RIVAS; MICHIGAN STATE: Jason Harmon, Ronald Stanley, DREW STANTON, William Whitticker; MINNESOTA: MARION BARBER III, Ukee Dozier, Darrell Reid, MATT SPAETH; NORTHWESTERN: BRETT BASANEZ, MARK PHILMORE, Dominique Price, Matt Ulrich; OHIO STATE: Dustin Fox, TED GINN, JR, QUINN PITCOCK, ASHTON YOUBOTY; PENN STATE: Andrew Guman, JEREMY KAPINOS; PURDUE: CHARLES DAVIS, RAY EDWARDS, GEORGE HALL, ANTHONY SPENCER, BRANDON VILLARREAL; WISCONSIN: BRETT BELL, OWEN DANIELS, Jason Jefferson, DONOVAN RAIOLA, DONTEZ SANDERS, JOE THOMAS, Jonathan Welsh, BRANDON WILLIAMS.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Braylon Edwards, Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: David Baas, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Erasmus James, Wisconsin
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Erasmus James, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: MICHAEL HART, Michigan
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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE -- MEDIA
QB -- Kyle Orton, Purdue
RB -- MICHAEL HART, Michigan
RB -- LAURENCE MARONEY, Minnesota
WR -- Braylon Edwards, Michigan*
WR -- Taylor Stubblefield, Purdue
C -- GREG ESLINGER, Minnesota (tie)
G -- MARK SETTERSTROM, Minnesota
G -- Dan Buenning, Wisconsin
T -- Sean Poole, Michigan State
T -- Rian Melander, Minnesota
TE -- Tim Massaquoi, Michigan
PK -- Mike Nugent, Ohio State
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE -- MEDIA
QB -- DREW TATE, Iowa
RB -- Noah Herron, Northwestern
RB -- Anthony Davis, Wisconsin
WR -- Courtney Roby, Indiana
WR -- CLINTON SOLOMON, Iowa
C -- David Baas, Michigan
G -- Matt Lentz, Michigan
G -- William Whitticker, Michigan State
T -- Adam Stenavich, Michigan
T -- ZACH STRIEF, Northwestern
TE -- CHARLES DAVIS, Purdue
PK -- Dave Rayner, Michigan State
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE -- MEDIA
DL -- Matt Roth, Iowa*
DL -- Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa
DL -- Anttaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin
DL -- Erasmus James, Wisconsin
LB -- CHAD GREENWAY, Iowa
LB -- TIM MCGARIGLE, Northwestern
LB -- A.J. HAWK, Ohio State
DB -- Marlin Jackson, Michigan
DB -- Ernest Shazor, Michigan
DB -- Jim Leonhard, Wisconsin
DB -- Ukee Dozier, Minnesota
P -- BRANDON FIELDS, Michigan State
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE -- MEDIA
DL -- GABE WATSON, Michigan
DL -- Luis Castillo, Northwestern
DL -- Luis Castillo, Northwestern
DL -- TAMBA HALI, Penn State
LB -- KYLE KILLION, Indiana
LB -- ABDUL HODGE, Iowa
LB -- PAUL POSLUSZNY, Penn State
DB -- Kelvin Hayden, Illinois
DB -- Herana-Daze Jones, Indiana
DB -- ALAN ZEMAITIS, Penn State
DB -- Scott Starks, Wisconsin
P -- STEVE WEATHERFORD, Illinois
* -- denotes unanimous selection
ALL CAPS -- denotes players with eligibility remaining
HONORABLE MENTION: IOWA: ANTWAN ALLEN, Sean Considine, ED HINKEL, Tony Jackson, JOVON JOHNSON, MIKE JONES, Tyler Luebke, Peter McMahon, KYLE SCHLICHER; MICHIGAN: LEON HALL, CHAD HENNE, JAKE LONG, Patrick Massey, Lawrence Reid, GARRETT RIVAS, LAMARR WOODLEY; MICHIGAN STATE: Jason Harmon, CHRIS MORRIS, Jason Randall, Ronald Stanley, DREW STANTON; MINNESOTA: MARION BARBER III, MATT SPAETH, ERNIE WHEELWRIGHT; NORTHWESTERN: BRETT BASANEZ, Matt Ulrich, Marvin Ward; OHIO STATE: Dustin Fox, Simon Fraser, TED GINN, JR, SANTONIO HOLMES, NICK MANGOLD, QUINN PITCOCK, NATE SALLEY, ASHTON YOUBOTY; PENN STATE: Andrew Guman; PURDUE: RAY EDWARDS, GEORGE HALL, BERNARD POLLARD, ANTHONY SPENCER, BRANDON VILLARREAL; WISCONSIN: Jonathan Clinkscale, OWEN DANIELS, Jason Jefferson, DONOVAN RAIOLA, DONTEZ SANDERS, JOE THOMAS, Jonathan Welsh, BRANDON WILLIAMS, MARK ZALEWSKI.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Braylon Edwards, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Erasmus James, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: MICHAEL HART, Michigan
DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa