MSU's Lippett, Drummond recognized as Big Ten's best

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State didn't win the Big Ten championship it was shooting for this season, but that didn't mean the Spartans didn't have some outstanding individual performances.

Those were recognized on Monday as senior Tony Lippett was named the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year and senior Kurtis Drummond was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year, one season after former teammate Darqueze Dennard won the same award.

Lippett had 60 catches for 1,124 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, just two years after having trouble catching the ball and staying in the playing rotation.

"It's a tribute to the hard work I've put in with my teammates pushing me to try to be great every day," Lippett said on the Big Ten Network. "I've come a long way. There's been struggles and ups and downs. Hard work pays off, and this is a perfect example."

Lippett was joined on the first team by center Jack Allen while quarterback Connor Cook, guard Travis Jackson and tackle Jack Conklin made the second team. Running back Jeremy Langford, despite 16 straight 100-yard games against conference opponents, did not make the first or second teams.

Drummond, who had 65 tackles and four interceptions, was joined on the defensive first team by end Shilique Calhoun and cornerback Trae Waynes. Linebacker Taiwan Jones was as second-team choice by the coaches.

Michigan was shut out for individual awards, but Jake Ryan was named first team linebacker, while receiver Devin Funchess was named second-team.

ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

Selected by conference coaches.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Quarterback

RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana Running Back

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Running Back

WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State Receiver

WR Kenny Bell, Nebraska Receiver

C Jack Allen, Michigan State Center

G Pat Elflein, Ohio State Guard

G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin Guard

T Brandon Scherff, Iowa Tackle

T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin Tackle

TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota Tight End

K Brad Craddock, Maryland Kicker

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB David Cobb, Minnesota

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland

WR Devin Funchess, Michigan

C Austin Blythe, Iowa

G Travis Jackson, Michigan State

G Zac Epping, Minnesota

T Jack Conklin, Michigan State

T Taylor Decker, Ohio State

TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

K Sam Ficken, Penn State

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska

DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State

DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State

LB Jake Ryan, Michigan

LB Mike Hull, Penn State

LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin

DB William Likely, Maryland

DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State

DB Doran Grant, Ohio State

P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL Carl Davis, Iowa

DL Louis Trinca-Pasat, Iowa

DL Maliek Collins, Nebraska

DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State

LB Quinton Alston, Iowa

LB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota

DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota

DB Eric Murray, Minnesota

DB Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern

DB Frankie Williams, Purdue

DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin

DB Darius Hillary, Wisconsin

P Justin DuVernois, Illinois

ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

Selected by conference media.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana

RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

WR Tony Lippett, Michigan State

WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

C Jack Allen, Michigan State

G Zac Epping, Minnesota

G Kyle Costigan, Wisconsin

T Brandon Scherff, Iowa

T Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin

TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota

K Brad Craddock, Maryland

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB David Cobb, Minnesota

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

WR Mike Dudek, Illinois

WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State

C Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

GG Travis Jackson, Michigan State

G Pat Elflein, Ohio State

T Jack Conklin, Michigan State

T Taylor Decker, Ohio State

TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State

K Sam Ficken, Penn State

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska

DL Joey Bosa, Ohio State

DL Anthony Zettel, Penn State

LB Jake Ryan, Michigan

LB Damien Wilson, Minnesota

LB Mike Hull, Penn State

DB William Likely, Maryland

DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota

DB Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

DB Trae Waynes, Michigan State

P Peter Mortell, Minnesota

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL Carl Davis, Iowa

DL Drew Ott, Iowa

DL Andre Monroe, Maryland

DL Michael Bennett, Ohio State

LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State

LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin

LB Derek Landisch, Wisconsin

DB Nate Gerry, Nebraska

DB Nick Van Hoose, Northwestern

DB Doran Grant, Ohio State

DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin

P Justin DuVernois, Illinois

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Tony Lippett, Michigan State

Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Maxx Williams, Minnesota

Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Brandon Scherff, Iowa

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Joey Bosa, Ohio State

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Mike Hull, Penn State

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brad Craddock, Maryland

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Peter Mortell, Minnesota

Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Brian Griese, Michigan

Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Mike Hopkins, Illinois