UM's Jake Butt named Big Ten's tight end of the year

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan tight end Jake Butt, one of the most productive receivers for the Wolverines this season, was named the Big Ten's tight end of the year.

Quarterback Jake Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa who led the Wolverines to a 9-3 overall record, 6-2 Big Ten, also was named one of the Big Ten sportsmanship award honorees, when the All-Big Ten offensive awards were released Tuesday night on the Big Ten Network. The defensive team was revealed Monday night

Butt and receiver Jehu Chesson also made the All-Big Ten first team — Butt swept the media and coach voting, while Chesson was voted first team by the media.

Although he was not one of the three Mackey Award semifinalists, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Butt was second in receiving for the Wolverines, thriving in coach Jim Harbaugh's offense that heavily uses the tight end. Butt finished with 620 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season.

He became the sixth tight end at Michigan to reach the 1,000-yard mark in his career. He has 1,066 yards.

While Butt has another season of eligibility, it is unclear what he plans to do after the Wolverines not-yet-disclosed bowl game. Mel Kiper, ESPN's NFL draft analyst, recently rated the top NFL prospects across every position and has Butt ranked as the No. 2 tight end.

Chesson finished the regular season with 646 yards and eight touchdowns, including four at Indiana. He was voted honorable mention by the Big Ten media.

Offensive guard Kyle Kalis and tackle Erik Magnuson were named third-team All-Big Ten by the media. Surprisingly, center Graham Glasgow, who graded out each game as the top offensive lineman according to Harbaugh, was honorable mention by the media and coaches.

Rudock, receiver Amara Darboh, guard Ben Braden, and tackle Mason Cole also were honorable mention in both votes. Tailback De'Veon Smith was honorable mention by the coaches.

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE AWARDS

Voted on by coaches and media

Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Connor Cook, Michigan State

Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Jake Butt, Michigan

Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Taylor Decker, Ohio State

COACHES ALL-BIG TEN OFFENSE 

First Team

QB - Connor Cook, Michigan State

RB - Jordan Howard, Indiana

RB - Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

WR - Jehu Chesson, Michigan

WR - Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

C - Jack Allen, Michigan State

G - Jordan Walsh, Iowa

G - Pat Elflein, Ohio State

T - Jack Conklin, Michigan State

T - Taylor Decker, Ohio State

TE - Jake Butt, Michigan

Second Team

QB - C.J. Beathard, Iowa.

RB - Justin Jackson, Northwestern

RB - Saquon Barkley, Penn State

WR - Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska

WR - Alex Erickson, Wisconsin

C - Austin Blythe, Iowa

G - Dan Feeney, Indiana

G - Brian Allen, Michigan State

T - Jason Spriggs, Indiana

T - Alex Lewis, Nebraska

TE - Dan Vitale, Northwestern

Third Team

QB - Nate Sudfeld, Indiana.

RB - Josh Ferguson, Illinois

RB - Jordan Canzeri, Iowa

WR - Michael Thomas, Ohio State

WR - Chris Godwin, Penn State

C - Jacoby Boren, Ohio State

G - Donavon Clark, Michigan State

G - Billy Price, Ohio State

T - Erik Magnuson, Michigan

T - Tyler Marz, Wisconsin

TE - Josiah Price, Michigan State

MEDIA ALL-BIG TEN OFFENSE

First Team

QB - Connor Cook, Michigan State.

RB - Jordan Howard, Indiana

RB - Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

WR - Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

WR - Alex Erickson, Wisconsin

C - Jack Allen, Michigan State

G - Dan Feeney, Indiana

G - Pat Elflein, Ohio State

T - Jack Conklin, Michigan State

T - Taylor Decker, Ohio State

TE - Jake Butt, Michigan

Second Team

QB - C.J. Beathard, Iowa

RB - Justin Jackson, Northwestern

RB - Saquon Barkley, Penn State

WR - Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska

WR - Chris Godwin, Penn State

C - Austin Blythe, Iowa

G - Jordan Walsh, Iowa

G - Brian Allen, Michigan State

T - Jason Spriggs, Indiana

T - Tyler Marz, Wisconsin

TE - Dan Vitale, Northwestern

Third Team

QB - Nate Sudfeld, Indiana

RB - Josh Ferguson, Illinois

RB - Jordan Canzeri, Iowa

WR - Michael Thomas, Ohio State

WR - Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

C - Jacoby Boren, Ohio State

G - Ted Karras, Illinois

G - Kyle Kalis, Michigan.

T - Erik Magnuson, Michigan

T - Alex Lewis, Nebraska

TE - Josiah Price, Michigan State