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Gophers Earn All-Big Ten Football Recognition
Eric Decker named first team All-Big Ten
Posted Nov 25, 2008
The All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams, as selected by the coaches and media, were announced Monday evening. Two Gophers earned All-Big Ten First Team recognition, while a total of six Minnesota players earned some form of recognition.
Junior wide receiver
(Cold Spring, Minn.) earned first-team accolades from both the Big Ten coaches and the media. Decker’s 76 receptions this season set a new
single-season record and rank No. 1 in the Big Ten. He is No. 2 in the conference in receiving yards, averaging 84.1 yards per game.
Senior defensive end
(Silver Lake, Minn.) was a first-team selection by the media. VanDeSteeg finished the regular season No. 4 in the Big Ten in sacks and tackles for loss. He currently has 18.0 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks this season. VanDeSteeg is also the Minnesota career leader in tackles-for-loss with 43.5.
(Shoreview, Minn.) was a second-team selection by the coaches. Junior cornerback
(Marietta, Ga.) was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by both groups.
VanDeSteeg was a second-team choice on the coaches’ team. Senior tight end
(Libertyville, Ill.) was honored with second-team recognition on the media’s ballot.
Simmons was an honorable mention choice of the coaches. Meanwhile, sophomore safety
(Murrieta, Calif.) and Weber were honorable mention selections on the media’s all-conference team.
In addition, the coaches also named a Sportsmanship Award Honoree from each team. Jack Simmons earned that distinction for Minnesota.
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