Coaches name Husker quarterback Martinez to All-Big Ten first-team -
Published Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:23 am
Coaches name Husker quarterback Martinez to All-Big Ten first-team
All-Big Ten coaches' team
Quarterback: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Running Back: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
Running Back: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Receiver: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Receiver: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Center: Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
Guard: Patrick Omameh, Michigan*
Guard: Spencer Long, Nebraska* Guard
Guard: John Urschel, Penn State*
Tackle: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Tackle: Rick Wagner, Wisconsin
Tight End: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Kicker: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

Line: Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Line: John Simon, Ohio State
Line: Jordan Hill, Penn State
Line: Kawann Short, Purdue
Linebacker: Max Bullough, Michigan State
Linebacker: Michael Mauti, Penn State
Linebacker: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Defensive Back: Micah Hyde, Iowa
Defensive Back: Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Defensive Back: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Defensive Back: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Punter: Mike Sadler, Michigan State

* — additional honoree due to ties

LINCOLN — In what many Big Ten observers will consider a surprise, league coaches voted Nebraska's Taylor Martinez as first-team all-conference quarterback.

It's not that Martinez didn't have the credentials. The junior helped the Huskers to the Legends Division title, a 10-2 overall record and was voted Big Ten offensive player of the week a league-leading four times.

But the expectation was Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller would be the choice after the Buckeyes finished 12-0. Miller was the media choice, and thus won the Griese-Brees quarterback of the year award.

Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck told The World-Herald after practice Monday that he was pleased about Martinez's honor.

“With the improvement that he's made,” Beck said, “and what he's done for this football team, and leading us to a championship, I think he's earned it. He worked hard this offseason. I'm proud of him.”

In an earlier interview Monday, Beck said:

“Probably the biggest part of our success has been through him. He's made a lot of plays for us, and he's done a great job of keeping our guys composed through some bad parts of games.”

The production statistics for Martinez and Ohio State's Miller are nearly identical. Martinez accounted for 3,316 yards and 29 touchdowns; Miller 3,310 and 28. Martinez had two more interceptions (eight) than Miller.

The Big Ten Network panel hosting Monday's awards show spent far more time talking about Miller than Martinez, and conducted an on-camera interview with OSU coach Urban Meyer about Miller.

Nebraska's only first-team pick by both the coaches and the media was offensive lineman Spencer Long. Three others earned first-team honors: defensive end Eric Martin (media), safety Daimion Stafford (media) and place-kicker Brett Maher (media).

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Maher shared the league's top place-kicker award with Northwestern's Jeff Budzien.

Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde was voted the Big Ten's best defensive back.

Nebraska's second-team picks:

Martinez (media), Stafford (coaches), Martin (coaches), running back Ameer Abdullah (coaches), wide receiver Kenny Bell (both), offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles (both), defensive lineman Baker Steinkuhler (coaches), linebacker Will Compton (coaches) and Maher as kicker and punter (coaches).

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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