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Big Ten awards update

There were quite a few awards updates on Monday, so I've consolidated them into one easy-to-read post.

You can thank me later.

MAXWELL AWARD (Player of the Year)

Sixteen semifinalists have been announced. The field will be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 22, and the winner will be announced Dec. 9 on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

The Big Ten representatives are:

CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD (National Defensive Player of the Year)

Sixteen semifinalists have been announced. The field will be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 22, and the winner will be announced Dec. 9 on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

The Big Ten representatives are:

  • Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa

  • Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

  • Michigan State LB Greg Jones

  • Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

  • Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

JOSEPH V. PATERNO AWARD (Coach of the Year)

In its inaugural year, the award recognizes a coach based on success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. Three finalists will be selected Dec. 6, and a winner will be announced Dec. 18.

Fifteen semifinalists have been selected, including four from the Big Ten. Paterno isn't eligible for the award.

  • Wisconsin's Bret Bielema

  • Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

  • Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

  • Ohio State's Jim Tressel

WUERFFEL TROPHY

The award is given to the college player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Ten finalists have been selected, and the winner will be announced Dec. 7.