Wisconsin's Chris Borland celebrates after he sacks University of Texas-El Paso quarterback Nick Lamaison at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, September 22, 2012. Wisconsin defeated UTEP, 37-26. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT) ORG XMIT: 1129166
MADISON, Wis. -- Already carrying the title of top linebacker in the league, Wisconsin senior Chris Borland added an even more prestigious honor to his decorated career Tuesday.
In a season that saw him help the Badgers build one of the nation’s top defenses while furthering his reputation as a consistently excellent individual performer, Borland was named the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year for 2013.
The award comes on the heels of Borland being named the league’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection on Monday.
Borland is the fifth Wisconsin player to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, joining Troy Vincent (1991), Tom Burke (1998), Jamar Fletcher (2000) and Erasmus James (2004).
Borland finished the regular season ranked third in the Big Ten at 9.3 tackles per game. He leads the Badgers with 102 total tackles -- 40 more than UW’s second-leading tackler. He also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.
He matched the Big Ten record with the 14th forced fumble of his career and tied UW’s all-time record with his ninth fumble recovery.
Borland’s 102 tackles were the fifth-most of any Big Ten player despite the fact that Borland missed an entire game -- and three quarters of another -- due to injury.
He is just the fifth player in Wisconsin history to record three 100-tackle seasons, and the first since Pete Monty accomplished the feat from 1994-96. Borland’s 410 career tackles rank him sixth all-time at Wisconsin and No. 2 among active FBS players.
His 50.0 career tackles for loss rank 10th among active players and fourth in UW history.
With double-digit tackles in each of his last six full games, Borland averaged 11.8 stops and 1.0 TFLs per contest in that span. He finished the regular season with seven games in which he recorded at least 10 tackles.
Borland’s efforts have anchored a UW defense that ranks No. 2 in the league in both scoring defense (14.8 points per game) and total defense (294.0 yards per game). Wisconsin ranks sixth nationally in both categories.
Borland, who leads all UW student-athletes in community service hours, was also named UW’s winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award on Monday and is a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award.
Rosemont, Ill. – For the second consecutive season, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday. Also among Tuesday’s individual award winners from the 2013 football season were Wisconsin’s Chris Borland as the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg as the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio as the Hayes-Schembechler and Dave McClain Coach of the Year.
Since the honor began in 1990, Miller becomes the first player in Big Ten history to claim two consecutive Offensive Player of the Year awards. The only other player to earn the conference’s top offensive honor twice was Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (1998 and 2000). Prior to 1990, Indiana running back Anthony Thompson won two consecutive Player of the Year Awards in 1988 and 1989. Miller is the fifth Buckeye to collect the award, along with Joe Germaine (1998), Orlando Pace (1996) and Heisman Trophy winners Troy Smith (2006) and Eddie George (1995). The Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the second straight year, Miller averaged 265 yards of total offense per game and accounted for 29 total touchdowns in leading Ohio State to a perfect 12-0 record.
Voted first-team All-Big Ten for the third straight season, Borland is the fifth Badger to receive the conference’s top defensive award, following Erasmus James (2004), Jamar Fletcher (2000), Tom Burke (1998) and Troy Vincent (1991). Borland was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and leads Wisconsin and ranks third in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game. He also tied the conference record with his 14th career forced fumble earlier this season.
An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, Hackenberg is the third Nittany Lion and second in as many seasons to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining Deion Barnes (2012) and Curtis Enis (1995). The quarterback ranked third in the conference with 246.2 passing yards per game and connected on 20 touchdown passes. Hackenberg was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week five times this season, which ranks second since the award began in 2010.
Dantonio claims his second Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel in the last four years after being honored in 2010, when he became the fourth Michigan State coach to earn the award. In his seventh year in East Lansing, Dantonio led the Spartans to an 11-1 overall mark, including an 8-0 record in conference play and the outright Legends Division title. He coached six players to first-team All-Big Ten status, including Shilique Calhoun, the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Darqueze Dennard, the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year.
For more information on the Big Ten’s enhanced football awards program, and to read more about the trophy namesakes, visit bigten.org.
Big Ten Football Award Honorees and Trophy Namesakes
Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Named for Northwestern’s Otto Graham and Ohio State’s Eddie George
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Named for Minnesota’s Bronko Nagurski and Michigan’s Charles Woodson
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Named for Minnesota’s Darrell Thompson and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Named for Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler
Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Named for Wisconsin’s Dave McClain
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