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In less than a month, the Big Ten will announce its major award winners. We're here to give you an idea of how a few of those races stack up right now:
Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year
1. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah (Last week: 2): It's time Abdullah got some more national attention. He had 105 yards and the game-winning touchdown last week at Michigan, and only one time this season has he failed to break 100 yards -- in Week 3 against UCLA, when he had "only" 98. Abdullah leads the Big Ten and is fifth nationally with 1,213 rushing yards.
2. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (Last week: 1): Miller was off last week, but he has games against Illinois and Indiana in the next two weeks to pad his stats.
3. Penn State WR Allen Robinson (LW: 4): Robinson set the Penn State season record for receiving yards in last week's loss at Minnesota. He leads the Big Ten with 1,106 receiving yards.
5. Minnesota RB David Cobb (LW: Not ranked): Cobb is one of the Big Ten's surprise stars this season. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Gophers' four consecutive wins, averaging 142 yards per game in tha span.
Nagurski–Woodson Defensive Player of the Year
1. Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier (LW: 1): Shazier maintains an ever-so slight lead after a bye week, but he has competitors breathing down his neck in a very crowded race.
2. Wisconsin LB Chris Borland (LW: 3): Borland returned from a hamstring injury to record 13 tackles and a pair of sacks vs. BYU. The only thing hurting his chances is the two missed Big Ten games because of that injury.
3. Nebraska DE Randy Gregory (LW: NR): Gregory was spectacular against Michigan in registering three sacks. He now leads the Big Ten in both sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (11.5).
4. Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun (LW: 2): Calhoun and the Spartans were off last week. They have a huge showcase game Saturday against Nebraska, which has a banged-up offensive line.
5. Michigan State LB Denicos Allen (LW: 4): See Calhoun, Shilique.
Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year
1. Miller: The Ohio State quarterback should run away with this award. In fact, his backup -- Kenny Guiton -- could make a case as the league's No. 2 quarterback.
2. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois: Scheelhaase threw for 450 yards last week at Indiana and leads the league with 2,420 passing yards and 15 touchdowns, to go along with eight interceptions. He's only eighth, however, in pass efficiency. There just haven't been a lot of star-making performances at quarterback in the Big Ten this season.
In less than a month, the Big Ten will announce its major award winners. We're here to give you an idea of how a few of those races stack up right now:Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year1.