Doss, Kirlew, Saffold named All-Big Ten

Here’s the release from Jeff Keag of IU; the Big Ten’s release follows it. Here’s a PDF that lists all of the honorees.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore wide receiver Tandon Doss, fifth-year defensive end Jammie Kirlew and senior left tackle Rodger Saffold earned All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Monday evening. Doss collected first team accolades from the conference media and second team laurels from the conference coaches, while Kirlew garnered second team honors from both groups. Saffold was named a second team member by the coaches.

Senior cornerback Ray Fisher, linebacker Matt Mayberry, defensive end Greg Middleton and Saffold received honorable mention recognition from the media, and junior quarterback Ben Chappell, Fisher and Mayberry carded honorable mention from the coaches. Kirlew was also Indiana’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Doss led the team in receptions in nine games and receiving yards eight times, and he paced the team with 962 yards, 77 receptions, five touchdowns and 80.2 yards per game. The Indianapolis native finished second in the Big Ten and 27th nationally in yards per game and third in the league and tied for 21 nationally in catches per game (6.64).

His 962 yards were 14th in the country and the second most for an underclassman. Doss closed out the year second on IU’s single-season receptions list, just two shy of James Hardy’s record of 79 in 2007, and fifth in the school’s single-season yardage rankings.

Along with his three 100-yard receiving games, Doss owned 533 kick return yards, 127 rushing yards, 44 punt return yards and led the conference with 138.8 all-purpose yards per contest. He finished ninth on IU’s single-season list with 1,666 all-purpose yards, surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in seven of the last nine games and eight times in 2009, including a season-best 242 against Purdue.

Kirlew, who was named the team’s MVP for the second straight season on Sunday, is being recognized by the league for the second consecutive year. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008.

The Orlando native finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. Kirlew was sixth in the league and 23rd nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, tied for sixth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with five forced fumbles and shared third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally with two fumble recoveries.

He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers’ career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for lost list with 52.5. Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being named a member of the 11-player Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. He was also a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).

Saffold earned his first recognition from the conference and is the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). The Bedford, Ohio, native never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign. Saffold started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he started all 12 games protecting Chappell’s blind side and the Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks and one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, both of which ranked second in the Big Ten.

And the full report from the conference office:

Wisconsin’s Clay and Borland Earn Offensive Player and Freshman of Year Laurels, respectively;
Penn State’s Odrick Tabbed Defensive Player and Lineman of Year by Coaches, while
Michigan State’s Jones Named Defensive Player of Year by Media;
Iowa’s Ferentz and Bulaga Chosen as Coach and Offensive Lineman of Year, respectively.

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten announced the 2009 All-Conference football teams and individual award winners tonight as selected by the coaches and a media panel, with four different schools sharing the individual accolades. Wisconsin running back John Clay was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year while Badgers’ linebacker Chris Borland was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and the media. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the media, while the coaches honored Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick as the Big Ten Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz collected his third Dave McClain Coach of the Year award from the media while tackle Bryan Bulaga was honored by the coaches as the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Clay is the third Badgers’ standout to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, joining fellow running backs Ron Dayne (1999) and Brent Moss (1993). The Wisconsin native is the third straight running back to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year accolades and the sixth sophomore to be honored, joining a group of former second-year winners that includes Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (1998), Michigan running backs Tyrone Wheatley (1992) and Jon Vaughn (1990) and Michigan State running backs Tico Duckett (1990) and Lorenzo White (1985). With one regular-season game remaining, Clay currently leads the Big Ten with 1,224 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. His average of 111.3 yards per contest ranks 16th nationally.

Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels were shared by two different players for the first time since the 2002 season, with Michigan State’s Jones being chosen by the media and Penn State’s Odrick tabbed by the coaches.

Jones, the Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, is the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year accolades since the honor was first awarded in 1982. The junior linebacker leads the conference and currently ranks second nationally with 11.8 defensive stops per game, while also rating among the Big Ten’s top 10 with nine sacks (fourth) and 13.5 tackles for loss (tied for eighth).

Odrick becomes the fourth Nittany Lion to collect Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining defensive ends Michael Haynes (2002) and Courtney Brown (1999) and linebacker LaVar Arrington (1998). The senior defensive tackle is only the fifth interior linemen to earn the conference’s top defensive honor, a group that includes Ohio State’s Dan Wilkinson (1993), Purdue’s Jeff Zgonina (1992) and Illinois’ Moe Gardner (1990) and Don Thorp (1983). Odrick was also tabbed as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year by the coaches, the fourth PSU standout to be so honored along with Tamba Hali (2005), Jimmy Kennedy (2002) and Brown (1999). Odrick leads the Nittany Lions and ranks eighth in the conference with six sacks while collecting 41 defensive stops and 10 tackles for loss. He is part of a Penn State defensive unit that ranks among the top 10 nationally in scoring (fourth), total (seventh) and rushing (10th) defense.

Bulaga was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year by the coaches to become the sixth Hawkeye to be so honored and the first since Robert Gallery was chosen in 2003. Other Iowa Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honorees include Eric Steinbach (2002), Mike Devlin (1992), Dave Croston (1986) and Mike Haight (1985).

Borland was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media, the first defensive player to earn top freshman accolades since Purdue defensive back Stuart Schweigert was honored in 2000. The Ohio native is the first Badgers defender to earn freshman laurels and the sixth overall, joining running backs P.J. Hill (2006), Anthony Davis (2001) and Dayne (1996) and quarterbacks Brooks Bollinger (1999) and Tony Lowery (1987). Borland ranked second in the conference and is tied for fifth nationally with five forced fumbles while also collecting 51 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Ferentz was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding Iowa to 10 victories for the first time since leading the team to three straight years of double-digit wins in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Hawkeyes entered the season without last year’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Shonn Greene and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Mitch King, then promptly lost their top returning rusher to injury before the first game. Despite those departures, Ferentz guided his team to a 9-0 start and a program-record No. 4 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series poll before losing his starting quarterback to injury. With a freshman backup behind center, Iowa pushed Ohio State to overtime on the road before falling, then bounced back to defeat Minnesota and end the year tied for second in the conference at 6-2. Ferentz earns his third Big Ten Coach of the Year laurel, after being honored in 2002 and 2004. He is only the fourth individual in conference history to win three or more Coach of the Year awards. Michigan’s Bo Schembechler was named Big Ten Coach of the Year following six seasons (1972, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1989) while Iowa’s Hayden Fry (1981, 1990, 1991) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (1994, 2005, 2008) were each honored in three different years.

Among this year’s All-Big Ten first-team selections, 15 were members of the first or second team from a year ago, including seven first-team selections from 2008 who are on this year’s first team – Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko, Michigan State linebacker Jones, Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker, the Penn State trio of linebacker Navorro Bowman, quarterback Daryll Clark and defensive lineman Odrick and Wisconsin tight end Garrett Graham. In addition, Clay and Jones were unanimous selections by the media.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for football are Juice Williams of Illinois, Jammie Kirlew of Indiana, A.J. Edds of Iowa, David Moosman of Michigan, Blair White of Michigan State, Decker of Minnesota, Sherrick McManis of Northwestern, Kurt Coleman of Ohio State, Sean Lee of Penn State, Joey Elliott of Purdue and Chris Maragos of Wisconsin. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

A complete listing of the 2009 All-Big Ten Teams and individual honors is attached as a PDF.


  1. Did the article omit the best pair of defensive ends in the country from the same team? I recall reading several articles about them earlier in the season.

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