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Iowa Football: Micah Hyde named Big Ten Defensive Back of Year

Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde, top, won Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year on Monday.
Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde, top, won Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year on Monday.
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The Big Ten Conference handed out its end-of-the-season awards Monday and only two Hawkeye football players landed on the first two all-conference teams.

Iowa's 4-8 campaign yielded just Micah Hyde as a consensus first-teamer as a defensive back, while James Ferentz was named to the second-team as a center by the coaches.

Hyde also was named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year after recording 78 tackles, 44 solo tackles, 14 pass breakups and one interception. He also had two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and he returned one of those recoveries for a touchdown against Purdue.

"Micah has done a tremendous job for our team both on and off the field the past four years," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "Not only has Michah been a great starter at cornerback for us the last three years, he also has been a valuable contributor on special teams as a gunner and punt returner.

"Micah has sparked our team with many big plays, maybe none bigger than his interception and touchdown return versus Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl. He has been a strong and positive team leader for some time."

Several other Hawkeyes earned honorable mention honors Monday.

Tight end C.J. Fiedorwicz, kicker Mike Meyer and linebacker Anthony Hitchens were all consensus honorable mention picks, while offensive lineman Matt Tobin was a coaches honorable mention selection and Ferentz, defensive lineman Joe Gaglione and linebacker James Morris were honorable mention choices by the media.

Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg was the team's recipient for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year went to Ohio State's Braxton Miller even though he shared all-Big Ten first-team honors with Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez. Ohio State's John Simon was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Two players from Penn State also earned individual honors this season. Michael Mauti was the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, while Allen Robinson was the Wide Receiver of the Year.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball was the Running Back of the Year, and Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen earned Tight End of the Year honors.

Michigan was given two individual honors after taking second in the Legends Division this season. Taylor Lewan earned Offensive Lineman of the Year, while Will Hagerup was Punter of the Year.

Nebraska's Brett Maher and Northwestern's Jeff Budziew shared Kicker of the Year honors.

Nebraska will play Wisconsin on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship game. The winner will advance to the Rose Bowl to play either Stanford or UCLA.


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