Denard Robinson, Not Dan Persa Takes Home Silver Football Award

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The Chicago Tribune announced today that University of Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson has been named the recipient of the Silver Football as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player. The award is voted upon by the conference’s 11 head coaches. Robinson was a finalist along with Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

For Northwestern’s Dan Persa to not even be named a finalist is an absolute travesty! The Trib should really be ashamed of themselves on this one. In terms of Denard getting the nod over Persa, I don’t agree with it, but I understand it. If it’s about being the “most valuable player” to your team, I think Persa and Denard are a push. If it’s about being the “best player” than I would go with Robinson.

And overall, this year’s race was wide open.

By Paul M. Banks

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All-Big Ten All-2000s Team

By Paul M. Banks

The 2000s was a great decade for a few programs in the Big Ten. Indiana, Ohio State and Illinois all had a national runner-up season. In 2005, the Illini tied the record for the most single season victories. Wisconsin and Ohio State treated us to an epic #1 vs. #2 game during one of their two 2007 meetings. And Michigan St. started the decade off with a national title and also ended 2009 playing for the title, and threw in two more Final Four seasons between 2000 and 2009. So clearly Tom Izzo was the conference coach of the decade.

And when you take a look at the list of the decade’s top individual performers you’ll see that…these Big Ten programs won with coaching and the stressing of team concepts. The conference clearly LACKED when it came to marquee stars, and if I composed a list like this for the ACC, Big East or Pac 10, the names on it would certainly be more impressive than those listed here.

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