Big Ten award race tracker: Week 12
Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year
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.
4. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon (LW: 3): Gordon's season numbers (1,160 rushing yards, 8.1 ypc) are still spectacular. But James White has been the Badgers' best back the last two weeks.
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.
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