Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Five Big Ten players have been nominated for the Rudy Award, which is exactly what it sounds like, an honor going to a player (often a walk-on or former walk-on) who exhibits character, courage, contribution and commitment during their college careers.
The award is presented by The Rudy Foundation, started by college football's most famous walk-on, former Notre Dame player Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. Fifty-three FBS programs submitted nominees, and three Rudy Award finalists will be selected and honored at a banquet Jan. 12 in Nashville, Tenn.
The Big Ten's nominees are:
Indiana defensive end Jammie Kirlew
Iowa center Rob Bruggeman
Michigan State safety Otis Wiley
Penn State wide receiver Deon Butler
Purdue safety Frank Duong
For a full list of nominees, click here.