Football

2000 All-Big Ten Football Teams & Individual Honors Announced

Nov. 28, 2000

PARK RIDGE, IL - In July, media attending the Big Ten Conference Kickoff Luncheon tabbed Purdue senior quarterback Drew Brees and Wisconsin junior defensive back Jamar Fletcher as the League's pre-season Players of the Year. They were right.

The Big Ten today announced its 2000 All-Conference teams and individual honors. Brees and Fletcher were named the Players of the Year by both the coaches and media panel. Brees becomes a two-time First Team honoree while Fletcher collects his third straight First Team All-Big Ten honor. Brees has re-written nearly every Purdue and Big Ten passing record during his four-year career. He holds Conference marks for passing attempts in a season and career, completions in a season and career, yards in a season and career, touchdowns in a season and career and total offense in a season and career. He also holds a pair of NCAA standards for attempts and completions in a game.

Fletcher too has etched his name in the Big Ten record books, as he is the Conference's leader in career interception return yards and interceptions returned for touchdowns.

In all, 20 players make repeat appearances from last year's All-Conference Teams, including Michigan senior lineman Steve Hutchinson, who becomes just the third player in the history of the Big Ten to be named a four-time First Team All-Conference honoree. The other two players who accomplished this feat were Michigan defensive lineman Mark Messner (1985-88) and Michigan State punter Ray Stachowitz (1977-80). For his performance this year, Hutchinson was voted the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Conference coaches.

Purdue freshman Stuart Schweigert stepped into a starting role for the Boilermakers at free safety and finished the regular season as the team's leading tackler (75). Both the Big Ten coaches and media chose Schweigert as the Conference's Freshman of the Year.

The Defensive Lineman of the Year award will be shared this year by Wisconsin junior tackle Wendell Bryant and Minnesota senior end Karon Riley. Bryant collected 45 tackles this year, including Badger-bests of 10 tackles for a loss of 50 yards, six sacks for -38 yards and 13 quarterback hurries. Riley has been among the Conference sack leaders for the past two seasons. This year, he tops that category with 13 for -105 yards and shares the lead in tackles for a loss with 20 for -121 yards.

In just his second season at Northwestern, Randy Walker earns the Conference's Coach of the Year award after turning the Wildcats' program from a 10 th place finisher a year ago to a championship season this year. Northwestern will make its first bowl appearance since 1996 on December 30 in the Alamo Bowl. NU shared the 2000 Big Ten title with Purdue and Michigan. The Wildcats improved their offensive output dramatically this year. After scoring a Conference-low 141 points last season, NU tallied 424 points this year - the Big Ten's highest scoring offense. 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, Dave McClain, who served at the Badgers' helm from 1978-1985. The Conference dedicated this award in his honor in 1986.

Complete All-Big Ten teams follow.

2000 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE COACHES

(Players in ALL CAPS have 2001 eligibility)
FIRST TEAMOFFENSESECOND TEAM
Drew Brees, PurdueQuarterbackANTWAAN RANDLE EL, Indiana
DAMIEN ANDERSON, Northwestern*Running BackMICHAEL BENNETT, Wisconsin
Anthony Thomas, MichiganRunning BackT. J. DUCKETT, Michigan State
DAVID TERRELL, MichiganReceiverChris Chambers, Wisconsin
Vinny Sutherland, PurdueReceiverRON JOHNSON, Minnesota
Ben Hamilton, MinnesotaCenterLeCHARLES BENTLEY, Ohio State
Steve Hutchinson, MichiganGuardBill Ferrario, Wisconsin
Casey Rabach, WisconsinGuardRay Redziniak, Illinois
Jeff Backus, MichiganTackleKareem McKenzie, Penn State
Matt Light, PurdueTackleMarques Sullivan, Illinois
TIM STRATTON, PurdueTight EndTony Stewart, Penn State
Dan Stultz, Ohio StateKickerDAN NYSTROM, Minnesota
FIRST TEAMDEFENSESECOND TEAM
WENDELL BRYANT, WisconsinLineAKIN AYODELE, Purdue
Dwayne Missouri, NorthwesternLineJustin Kurpeikis, Penn State
Karon Riley, MinnesotaLineMATT MITRIONE, Purdue
Fred Wakefield, IllinoisLineJohn Schlect, Minnesota
Joe Cooper, Ohio StateLinebackerNAPOLEON HARRIS, Northwestern
LARRY FOOTE, MichiganLinebackerMATT WILHELM, Ohio State
JOSH THORNHILL, Michigan StateLinebackerSean Hoffman, Minnesota (tie)
JUSTIN SMITH, Indiana (tie)
NATE CLEMENTS, Ohio StateDefensive BackJames Boyd, Penn State
JAMAR FLETCHER, Wisconsin*Defensive BackMIKE DOSS, Ohio State
Renaldo Hill, Michigan StateDefensive BackMIKE ECHOLS, Wisconsin
WILLIE MIDDLEBROOKS, MinnesotaDefensive BackRichard Newsome, Michigan State
Kevin Stemke, WisconsinPunterPRESTON GRUENING, Minnesota
*Denotes unanimous First Team selection
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: LUKE BUTKUS, C, Robert Franklin, LB, ROCKY HARVEY, RB, Josh Whitman, TE, EUGENE WILSON, DB, INDIANA: Paul Mandina, DL, Andy Payne, PK, IOWA: Jason Baker, P, LADELL BETTS, RB, A.J. Blazek, C, Anthony Herron, DL, Kevin Kasper, WR, BRUCE NELSON, OG, LeVar Woods, LB, MICHIGAN: David Brandt, C, HAYDEN EPSTEIN, P, DREW HENSON, QB, VICTOR HOBSON, LB, TODD HOWARD, DB, DeWayne Patmon, DB, MARQUISE WALKER, WR, James Whitley, DB, Maurice Williams, OT, Eric Wilson, DL, MICHIGAN STATE: CHRIS BAKER, TE, CEDRIC HENRY, DB, Shaun Mason, OG, Siitupe Peko, OT, Jace Sayler, DL, JOSH SHAW, DL, MINNESOTA: Adam Haayer, OT, TELLIS REDMON, RB, GREG WHITE, DL, NORTHWESTERN: KEVIN BENTLEY, LB, Harold Blackmon, DB, LEON BROCKMEIER, OT, AUSTIN KING, C, Tim Long, PK, JEFF ROEHL, OG, BILLY SILVA, LB, OHIO STATE: Rodney Bailey, DL, MIKE COLLINS, DL, Tam Hopkins, OG, Brent Johnson, DL, Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, PENN STATE: Bhawoh Jue, DB, JIM KENNEDY, DL, Ryan Primanti, PK, PURDUE: LANDON JOHNSON, LB, GENE MRUCZKOWSKI, OG, JOE ODOM, LB, STUART SCHWEIGERT, DB, WISCONSIN: AL JOHNSON, C, NICK GREISEN, LB.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:Drew Brees, QB, Purdue
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:Steve Hutchinson, OG, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:JAMAR FLETCHER, DB, Wisconsin
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR:WENDELL BRYANT, DT, Wisconsin
Karon Riley, DE, Minnesota
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:STUART SCHWEIGERT, DB, Purdue

2000 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by CONFERENCE MEDIA PANEL

(Players in ALL CAPS have 2001 eligibility)
FIRST TEAMOFFENSESECOND TEAM
Drew Brees, Purdue*QuarterbackANTWAAN RANDLE EL, Indiana
DAMIEN ANDERSON, Northwestern*Running BackMICHAEL BENNETT, Wisconsin
Anthony Thomas, MichiganRunning BackT. J. DUCKETT, Michigan State
RON JOHNSON, MinnesotaReceiverKevin Kasper, Iowa
DAVID TERRELL, MichiganReceiverVinny Sutherland, Purdue
Ben Hamilton, MinnesotaCenterLeCHARLES BENTLEY, Ohio State
Steve Hutchinson, Michigan*GuardBill Ferrario, Wisconsin
Casey Rabach, WisconsinGuardShaun Mason, Michigan State
Jeff Backus, MichiganTackleLEON BROCKMEIER, Northwestern
Matt Light, PurdueTackleMarques Sullivan, Illinois
TIM STRATTON, PurdueTight EndTony Stewart, Penn State
Dan Stultz, Ohio StateKickerTim Long, Northwestern
FIRST TEAMDEFENSESECOND TEAM
Justin Kurpeikis, Penn StateLineAKIN AYODELE, Purdue
Dwayne Missouri, NorthwesternLineWENDELL BRYANT, Wisconsin
Karon Riley, MinnesotaLineBrent Johnson, Ohio State
Fred Wakefield, IllinoisLineMATT MITRIONE, Purdue
NICK GREISEN, WisconsinLinebackerJoe Cooper, Ohio State
BILLY SILVA, NorthwesternLinebackerLARRY FOOTE, Michigan
JOSH THORNHILL, Michigan StateLinebackerNAPOLEON HARRIS, Northwestern
James Boyd, Penn StateDefensive BackHarold Blackmon, Northwestern
NATE CLEMENTS, Ohio StateDefensive BackMIKE ECHOLS, Wisconsin
MIKE DOSS, Ohio StateDefensive BackCEDRIC HENRY, Michigan State
JAMAR FLETCHER, WisconsinDefensive BackRenaldo Hill, Michigan State
Kevin Stemke, WisconsinPunterPRESTON GRUENING, Minnesota
*Denotes unanimous First Team selection
HONORABLE MENTION: ILLINOIS: LUKE BUTKUS, C, STEVE FITTS, P, Robert Franklin, LB, Ray Redziniak, OG, Josh Whitman, TE, INDIANA: Johnny Anderson, DB, ENOCH DeMAR, OT, Paul Mandina, DL, Andy Payne, PK, JUSTIN SMITH, LB, IOWA: Jason Baker, P, LADELL BETTS, RB, Ryan Hansen, DB, KAHLIL HILL, WR, AARON KAMPMAN, DL, BRUCE NELSON, OG, BOB SANDERS, DB, LeVar Woods, LB, MICHIGAN: ERIC BRACKINS, LB, David Brandt, C, HAYDEN EPSTEIN, P, JONATHAN GOODWIN, OG, DREW HENSON, QB, VICTOR HOBSON, LB, TODD HOWARD, DB, DeWayne Patmon, DB, MARQUISE WALKER, WR, James Whitley, DB, Maurice Williams, OT, Eric Wilson, DL, MICHIGAN STATE: CHRIS BAKER, TE, Richard Newsome, DB, Siitupe Peko, OT, Jace Sayler, DL, JOSH SHAW, DL, MINNESOTA: Adam Haayer, OT, Sean Hoffman, LB, Ben Mezera, LB, WILLIE MIDDLEBROOKS, DB, DAN NYSTROM, PK, TELLIS REDMON, RB, John Schlect, DL, GREG WHITE, DL, NORTHWESTERN: KEVIN BENTLEY, LB, Teddy Johnson, WR, AUSTIN KING, C, ZAK KUSTOK, QB, SAM SIMMONS, WR, JEFF ROEHL, OG, OHIO STATE: Rodney Bailey, DL, MIKE COLLINS, DL, Tam Hopkins, OG, DONNIE NICKEY, DB, RYAN PICKETT, DL, Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, DARNELL SANDERS, TE, MATT WILHELM, LB, PENN STATE: Bhawoh Jue, DB, Kareem McKenzie, OT, Ryan Primanti, PK, PURDUE: TRAVIS DORSCH, PK, GENE MRUCZKOWSKI, OG, JOE ODOM, LB, SHAUN PHILLIPS, DL, STUART SCHWEIGERT, DB, WISCONSIN: Chris Chambers, WR.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:Drew Brees, QB, Purdue
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:JAMAR FLETCHER, DB, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:STUART SCHWEIGERT, DB, Purdue
DAVE McCLAIN BIG TEN COACH OF THE YEAR:Randy Walker, Northwestern

 

 

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