Jansen Highlights Michigan All-Big Ten Award Winners
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan senior offensive tackle Jon Jansen (Clawson, Mich./Clawson HS) today was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, as selected by the league's football coaches. Jansen was also named to the All-Big Ten first team in separate selections by the coaches and the media, highlighting the list of 15 Wolverines who were accorded All-Big Ten honors.

 
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A two-time team co-captain, Jansen anchored a Michigan offensive line that helped the Wolverines average 376.4 yards of total offense per game, the third-best mark in the conference. In 1997, he was an All-Big Ten first team selection by the coaches and won second team honors from the media. He was an honorable mention choice on both units as a sophomore in 1996.

Senior tight end Jerame Tuman (Liberal, Kan./Liberal HS) and junior/sophomore offensive guard Steve Hutchinson (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs HS) also were named to the first team on both squads. This marks the third straight year on both first teams for Tuman, who is third on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (247) and has scored two touchdowns this season. Hutchinson was a first team media pick and second team coaches selection last year.

On the second team offense, senior wide receiver Tai Streets (Matteson, Ill./Thornton Township HS) made both the coaches and media teams, while junior/sophomore tackle Jeff Backus (Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS) made the media team and earned honorable mention from the coaches.

Michigan had five second team picks on defense, with senior/junior rush linebacker James Hall (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS), senior inside linebacker Sam Sword (Saginaw, Mich./Arthur Hill HS) and junior safety Tommy Hendricks (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS) honored by both the coaches and media.

Senior cornerback Andre Weathers (Flint, Mich./Central HS) earned second team honors from the coaches and honorable mention from the media, while senior/junior nosetackle Rob Renes (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS) and junior inside linebacker Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS) were on the media second team and received honorable mention from the coaches.

Other Michigan honorable mention selections by the coaches were senior/junior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS), senior placekicker Jay Feely (Odessa, Fla./Tampa Jesuit HS) and senior/junior fullback Aaron Shea (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa HS). Other Wolverines on the media's honorable mention list were Feely, Shea and senior defensive end and co-captain Juaquin Feazell (Ft. Valley, Ga./Peach Country HS).

The 15 Wolverine honorees accounted for 28 awards, including six first team selections, 12 second team awards and 10 honorable mention selections.

Michigan, 9-3 on the season, shared the Big Ten Conference championship with a 7-1 league record. Coach Lloyd Carr's Wolverines are ranked 15th in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN polls.


1998 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by conference coaches

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
Joe Germaine, OSU Quarterback Drew Brees, PUR
Ron Dayne, WIS* Running Back Sedrick Irvin, MSU
Michael Wiley, OSU Running Back Thomas Hamner, MINN
Jason Strayhorn, MSU Center Casey Rabach, WIS
Steve Hutchinson, MICH Guard Ben Gilbert, OSU
Rob Murphy, OSU Guard Chukky Okobi, PUR
Jon Jansen, MICH Tackle Aaron Gibson, WIS
Floyd Wedderburn, PSU Tackle Chris McIntosh, WIS
Jerame Tuman, MICH Tight End John Lumpkin, OSU
David Boston, OSU Receiver Tai Streets, MICH
D'Wayne Bates, NU Receiver Dee Miller, OSU
Matt Davenport, WIS Kicker Paul Edinger, MSU
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
Tom Burke, WIS Line Courtney Brown, PSU
Rosevelt Colvin, PUR Line Adewale Ogunleye, IND
Jared DeVries, IOWA Line James Hall, MICH
Brad Scioli, PSU Line Robert Newkirk, MSU
LaVar Arrington, PSU ILB/OLB Barry Gardner, NU
Na'il Diggs, OSU ILB/OLB Andy Katzenmoyer, OSU
Brandon Short, PSU ILB/OLB Sam Sword, MICH
Antoine Winfield, OSU* Back Jamar Fletcher, WIS
Tyrone Carter, MINN Back Tommy Hendricks, MICH
David Macklin, PSU Back Andre Weathers, MICH
Damon Moore, OSU Back Sorie Kanu, MSU
Kevin Stemke, WIS Punter Brent Bartholomew, OSU

* indicates unanimous selection

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois -- Rocky Harvey, Asim Pleas, Ryan Shau; Indiana -- Pita Elisara, Chris Gall, Jabar Robinson; Iowa -- Derek Rose, Eric Thigpen; Michigan -- Jeff Backus, Tom Brady, Jay Feely, Ian Gold, Rob Renes, Aaron Shea; Michigan State -- Plaxico Burress; Minnesota -- Adam Bailey, Ben Hamilton, Antoine Richard, Luke Leverson; Northwestern -- Jeff Dyra, Brian Gowins, Thor Schmidt, Jay Tant; Ohio State -- Ahmed Plummer, Tyson Walter; Penn State -- Cuncho Brown, Eric Cole, Anthony King, Shawn Lee, Kareem McKenzie, Mac Morrison, Pat Pidgeon; Purdue -- Billy Gustin, Isaac Jones, Randall Lane, Matt Light, Chike Okeafor, Tim Stratton; Wisconsin -- Jason Doering, Chris Ghidorzi, John Favret, Donnel Thompson.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joe Germaine, Ohio State
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Jon Jansen, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LaVar Arrington, Penn State
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Tom Burke, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Antwaan Randle El, Indiana


1998 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
As selected by the media

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM
Joe Germaine, OSU Quarterback Drew Brees, PUR
Ron Dayne, WIS* Running Back Sedrick Irvin, MSU
Michael Wiley, OSU Running Back Thomas Hamner, MINN
Jason Strayhorn, MSU Center Casey Rabach, WIS
Steve Hutchinson, MICH Guard Ben Gilbert, OSU
Rob Murphy, OSU Guard Kareem McKenzie, PSU
Aaron Gibson, WIS Tackle Jeff Backus, MICH
Jon Jansen, MICH Tackle Floyd Wedderburn, PSU
Jerame Tuman, MICH Tight End John Lumpkin, OSU
David Boston, OSU* Receiver Tai Streets, MICH
D'Wayne Bates, NU Receiver Plaxico Burress, MSU (tie)
Dee Miller, OSU (tie)
Matt Davenport, WIS Kicker Paul Edinger, MSU
 
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE SECOND TEAM
Courtney Brown, PSU Line James Hall, MICH
Tom Burke, WIS Line Adewale Ogunleye, IND
Rosevelt Colvin, PUR Line Rob Renes, MICH
Jared DeVries, IOWA Line Brad Scioli, PSU
LaVar Arrington, PSU ILB/OLB Na'il Diggs, OSU
Barry Gardner, NU ILB/OLB Ian Gold, MICH
Andy Katzenmoyer, OSU ILB/OLB Sam Sword, MICH
Tyrone Carter, MINN Back Tommy Hendricks, MICH
Jamar Fletcher, WIS Back David Macklin, PSU
Damon Moore, OSU Back Ahmed Plummer, OSU
Antoine Winfield, OSU* Back Eric Thigpen, IOWA
Kevin Stemke, WIS* Punter Craig Jarrett, MSU

* indicates unanimous selection

HONORABLE MENTION: Illinois -- Danny Clark; Indiana -- Pita Elisara, Jabar Robinson; Iowa -- Ladell Betts, Matt Hughes, Derek Rose; Michigan -- Juaquin Feazell, Jay Feely, Aaron Shea, Andre Weathers; Michigan State -- Sorie Kanu, Lemar Marshall, Aric Morris, Robert Newkirk, Julian Peterson; Minnesota -- Keith Dimmy, Ben Hamilton, Antoine Richard, Parc Williams; Northwestern -- Brian Gowins; Ohio State -- Brent Bartholomew, Tyson Walter; Penn State -- Eric Cole, Pat Pidgeon, Brandon Short; Purdue -- Isaac Jones, Randall Lane, Matt Light, Chike Okeafor, Chukky Okobi, Tim Stratton; Wisconsin -- Jason Doering, John Favret, Chris Ghidorzi, Chris McIntosh.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Drew Brees, Purdue
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tom Burke, Wisconsin
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Antwaan Randle El, Indiana
COACH OF THE YEAR: Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin

Contact: Jim Schneider, Bruce Madej (734) 763-4423


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