Wisconsin Badgers’ head football coach Paul Chryst has been named 2017 consensus Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the coaches and the media.
Chryst led UW to its first 9-0 Big Ten season and the second consecutive Big Ten West Division title. The Badgers are the lone undefeated Power Five conference team and the only team in the country to not trail in the fourth quarter of any game this season. Wisconsin has won 10 of its 12 games by a margin of at least 14 points.
The 12-0 Badgers will take on the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana.
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017 football individual award winners for offense, defense and special teams today. Additionally, Troy Fumagalli has been named Best Tight End in the Big Ten and Badger star running back Jonathan Taylor has been named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. This award is named after Minnesota’s Darrell Thompson and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El.
The Big Ten postseason awards are voted on by conference coaches and a select media panel and honors teams, coaches and students with individual awards that each bear the names of one or two former standouts. The Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership awards were announced last week.
Here’s a full list of the winners:
◆ Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Chad Greenway, Iowa
Named for Minnesota’s Tony Dungy and Indiana’s Anthony Thompson
◆ Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Troy Vincent, Wisconsin
Named for Michigan’s Gerald Ford and Iowa’s Nile Kinnick
◆ Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Named for Northwestern’s Otto Graham and Ohio State’s Eddie George
◆ Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa
Named for Minnesota’s Bronko Nagurski and Michigan’s Charles Woodson
◆ Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
Named for Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler
◆ Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
Named for Wisconsin’s Dave McClain
◆ Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Named for Purdue’s Bob Griese and Drew Brees
◆ Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: DJ Moore, Maryland
Named for Wisconsin’s Pat Richter and Michigan’s Desmond Howard
◆ Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Named for Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne
◆Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Named for Minnesota’s Darrell Thompson and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El.
◆ Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin
Named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark
◆ Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Billy Price, Ohio State
Named for Nebraska’s Dave Rimington and Ohio State’s Orlando Pace
◆ Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown
◆ Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa
Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald
◆ Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Josh Jackson, Iowa
Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson
◆ Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Griffin Oakes, Indiana
Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen
◆ Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Ryan Anderson, Rutgers
Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields
◆ Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Named for Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers and Iowa’s Tim Dwight