Iowa's defense, which ranked among the Big Ten's leaders in most categories but suffered crucial lapses in the final quarter of several late-season games, reaped some rewards Monday from a bittersweet season.
Three members of the defensive unit - safety Tyler Sash, cornerback Shaun Prater and defensive end Adrian Clayborn - were named to the first team of both the media and coaches' all-Big Ten teams. They were joined on the coaches' first team by senior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, who broke Iowa's career records for both pass receptions and receiving yards.
It was the second major award of the day for Clayborn. Earlier, he was named a first-team all-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), becoming only the eighth Iowa player to make the team, the first since 2003.
Clayborn and Sash, who is fourth on the Big Ten career list in interception return yardage, were repeat selections from a year ago. It was the first such honor for both Johnson-Koulianos and Prater, who led the league in interceptions.
Several Hawkeyes, including Quad-Citians Brett Greenwood and Julian Vandervelde, were named to the second team. Vandervelde, from Davenport Central, made both the media and coaches' second teams while Greenwood, a Pleasant Valley alumnus, was second team by the coaches, honorable mention by the media.
Also making second teams were defensive tackle Karl Klug (media and coaches), offensive tackle Riley Reiff (media and coaches), receiver Marvin McNutt (coaches), tight end Allen Reisner (coaches) and linebacker Jeremiha Hunter (coaches).
Sixteen Iowa players received some sort of mention, but record-setting quarterback Ricky Stanzi was not among them. Stanzi, who has thrown 25 touchdown passes with only four interceptions, received a Big Ten sportsmanship award, but was not an honorable mention selection on either team.
Three Illinois players made the first team. Running back Mikel Leshoure, who rushed for 1,371 yards, made both teams, while punter Anthony Santella made the coaches team and linebacker Martez Wilson was honored by the media.
Both the coaches and media named Michigan's Denard Robinson the offensive player of year, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan the defensive player of the year and Wisconsin's James White the freshman of the year. Robinson was named the first-team quarterback by the media but was only an honorable mention pick by the coaches despite being the player of the year.
Michigan State's Mark Danontio was given the Dave McClain Coach of the Year award by the media.