Nov. 26, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The 2012 Big Ten Football Awards were announced Monday evening (Nov. 26) during a live show on the Big Ten Network, with University of Michigan senior/junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) being named the recipient of the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award and U-M junior punter Will Hagerup (Milwaukee, Wis./Whitefish Bay) receiving Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year honors.
It marks the second consecutive season a Michigan player has been named the Big Ten's top offensive lineman. Last season, fifth-year senior center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township) won the inaugural Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award.
Lewan headlined the Wolverines' six All-Big Ten honorees, earning first-team recognition from both the coaches and media. Fifth-year senior offensive guard Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis De Sale) also was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and earned honorable mention from the media. Joining Lewan on the media's first team was Hagerup, who also earned honorable mention from the coaches.
Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake Ohio/St. Ignatius), fifth-year senior safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay) and fifth-year senior defensive end Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) earned all-conference second team honors. Ryan received his selection from the media, while Kovacs and Roh collected their honors from the coaches. Ryan earned honorable mention from the coaches, while Kovacs and Roh garnered honorable mention from the media.
Lewan has started 34 of the last 35 games at left tackle, including 27 in a row. In 2011, he was a second-team honoree by the coaches and earned honorable mention from the media. Omameh made his 41st consecutive start in U-M's regular-season finale vs. Ohio State last Saturday (Nov. 24).
Lewan and Omameh paved the way for the Michigan offense that ranked fifth in the Big Ten in both scoring (30.0 points per game) and rushing (187.3 yards per game). The U-M front allowed 15 sacks, which led the conference and ranked tied for 24th nationally for fewest allowed.
Hagerup punted 33 times for 1,486 yards this season, averaging a conference-leading 45.0 yards per punt. Thirteen of Hagerup's 33 punt attempts went for 50+ yards and three were placed inside the 20. Hagerup recorded a season-best 62-yard punt against Alabama on Sept. 1.
Ryan, Kovacs and Roh anchored a U-M defense that was second in the nation in pass defense (155.2 yards per game) and third in the Big Ten in total defense (311.2 yards per game). The U-M defense also ranked first in conference-only play in scoring defense (16.6 points per game).
Ryan set career highs for tackles (84), sacks (4.0), tackles-for-loss (14.5), forced fumbles (4) and pass breakups (3). Kovacs, who became only the 15th player in U-M history to record 300 career tackles, finished the regular season with 65 tackles (41 solo stops), 5.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. Roh tallied 36 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and 4.0 sacks during his senior campaign. He made his 50th consecutive start against Ohio State, tying former U-M offensive lineman Jon Jansen's school record for all-time starts.
For the second year in a row, Kovacs was named the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient for the Michigan program.
Seven other Wolverines received honorable mention in one or both of the votes:
DT Will Campbell (media)
CB J.T. Floyd (coaches/media)
TE Devin Funchess (media)
WR Jeremy Gallon (coaches/media)
K Brendan Gibbons (coaches/media)
QB Denard Robinson (media)
WR Roy Roundtree (coaches/media)
Contact: Justin Dickens (734) 763-4423