ROSEMONT, Ill. — Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named offensive player of the year in the Big Ten and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year.
The two were honored Thursday as the Big Ten announced its football specialty awards.
Barkley ranks first in the conference and second nationally with an average of 179.5 all-purpose yards per game. Jewell was the only player in the Big Ten to average better than 10 tackles a game.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who averaged a Big Ten-leading 150 yards per game, is freshman of the year. Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, whose Badgers are unbeaten and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is coach of the year.
Award winners are chosen by a vote of coaches and a media panel. The Associated Press All-Big Ten teams and specialty awards, selected by writers and broadcasters who cover the league, will be announced Wednesday.
- Also Thursday, PSU quarterback Trace McSorley was named one of 11 finalists for the Manning Award, given to the nation's top QB. He's also a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and was named All-Big Ten second team this week. McSorley has 3,659 passing yards this season.
- Trinity grad Amanda Knaub picked up another award Thursday. The Monmouth sophomore goalie was named United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team in Division I. It's her first regional award in college.
- Shippensburg women's volleyball fell 3-1 to Gannon in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Volleyball Championships by scores of 25-21, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-16. Morgan DeFloria led the Raiders with 19 kills and had 18 digs, her 17th double-double of the year. Emily Hangen dished out 31 assists to go along with 13 digs in the loss.
- Up 34-31 at the half, Dickinson men's basketball went on a second-half run that gave it a 74-56 victory over visiting McDaniel. The Red Devils (4-1, 2-0 Centennial Conference) got 24 points and nine rebounds from Justus Melton, who went 9-of-12 from the floor. Elijah Wright chipped in 15 and five, adding two blocks as well.