Mikel Leshoure makes All-Big Ten teams

Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure was named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media, the league announced on Monday.

Also, Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and Illinois punter Anthony Santella made the coaches' first team, while Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson and Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert made the media's first team.

Leshoure led the Big Ten in rushing in league games, averaging 121.6 yards per game. He set an Illini record with 330 yards on 33 carries against Northwestern on Nov. 20 and his seven 100-yard games in 2010 are the second-most in school history. Wilson ranked third in the Big Ten in tackles (9.1 per game), fifth in tackles for loss (0.95 per game) and eighth in sacks (0.36 per game).

Persa accounted for 83 percent of Northwestern's touchdowns in the 10 games he played this year before suffering a season-ending injury on Nov. 13. He threw 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions and ranks second in the Big Ten in passing yardage per game (258.1), total offense per game (310.0) and completion percentage (73.5). Ebert led the Big Ten with 76.6 receiving yards per game.

Three Illini players were named to the coaches' second team -- kicker Derek Dimke, defensive lineman Corey Liuget and Wilson, while three were also named to the media's second team -- offensive tackle Jeff Allen, punter Anthony Santella and Liuget.

Santella's 45.6 yards-per-punt average led the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the nation.

For Northwestern, defensive lineman Vince Browne, defensive back Brian Peters and Persa were named to the media's second team.

  • Coaches honorable mention for the Illini: Allen, Nate Bussey, Trulon Henry, Graham Pocic, Tavon Wilson

  • Coaches honorable mention for the Wildcats: Drake Dunsmore, Ebert, Peters

  • Media honorable mention for the Illini: Bussey, Dimke, Henry, Pocic, Wilson

  • Media honorable mention for the Wildcats: Corbin Bryant, Dunsmore, Jordan Mabin, Al Netter