Pedersen Earns Spot on Mackey

Senior again under consideration for award presented to nation’s best tight end

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MADISON, Wis. — For the second-consecutive season, Jacob Pedersen has earned a place on the watch list for the John Mackey Award.

 The Wisconsin senior is among 37 players named to the list of players earning preseason consideration for the award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Pedersen was also on the watch list last season after being named a semifinalist for the award as a sophomore in 2011.

 This marks the sixth time in seven seasons that Wisconsin has placed a tight end on the Mackey Award watch list. Including Pedersen’s nod for the Badgers, seven Big Ten schools are represented on this year’s Mackey Award watch list.

 The term “most outstanding” is a familiar one for Pedersen, who collected first-team All-Big Ten laurels and was named Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year last season. He tallied 27 receptions for 355 yards — an average of 13.1 yards per catch — and scored four touchdowns on the season.

 Pedersen had similar yardage numbers but hauled in eight touchdown receptions in 2011, earning him recognition as Wisconsin’s third-ever Mackey Award semifinalist. He went on to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.

 With 14 career touchdown receptions, Pedersen enters 2013 needing just one TD grab to match Pat Richter and Lee DeRamus for the ninth-most in UW history (15).

 A midseason watch list for the Mackey Award will be announced on Oct. 14, with the announcement of semifinalist set for Nov. 18 and the finalists to be revealed on Nov. 25.  The 12th edition of the Mackey Award will be presented Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

 The Mackey Award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, who won Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection between 1963 and 1968.

 
2013 Award Watch Lists

• Maxwell Award (player of the year): James White

• Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland

• John Mackey Award (outstanding tight end): Jacob Pedersen

• Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis

Ball & Pederson Earn Big Ten Awards

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14 Other Badgers also recognized, including a total of 7 First Team Selections

MADISON, Wis. — A pair of the Big Ten’s best at their positions and 15 All-Big Ten honorees, including seven first-team selections, highlight Wisconsin’s 2012 conference award winners.

Senior running back Montee Ball was named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Ball became the NCAA’s all-time touchdown leader with his 79th career touchdown against Penn State on Saturday. The senior finished conference play with a league-best 1,168 rushing yards, averaging 146.0 rushing yards per game, and 15 touchdowns.

Ball earned the inaugural award, which is named for former Badgers — and Heisman Trophy winners — Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, after tying the NCAA record with 39 touchdowns in 2011.

Junior tight end Jacob Pedersen was named the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year. The award is named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark.

Pedersen recorded his fourth touchdown reception of the season on a pass from Curt Phillips with eight seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime vs. Ohio State. Pedersen’s 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all-time at UW.

Ball and Pedersen, together with five teammates, also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, tying Ohio State for most first-team selections in the league with seven.

Last year, UW had a school-record nine first-team selections. Prior to that, the last time that Wisconsin has as many as seven first-team All-Big Ten selection was 1999.

Ball, junior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and senior left tackle Rick Wagner earned consensus first team honors.

Junior center Travis Frederick and senior linebacker Mike Taylor were each voted first team by the media and both earned honorable mention selection from the coaches. Pedersen and junior linebacker Chris Borland were voted first team by league coaches and honorable mention by the media.

Junior left guard Ryan Groy earned a second-team nod from the coaches and honorable mention honors from the media, while senior corner back Devin Smith was voted second team by the media and honorable mention by the coaches.

CB Marcus Cromartie, DE David Gilbert, P Drew Meyer and S Dezmen Southward were consensus honorable mention selections, while DT Ethan Hemer was selected honorable mention by the coaches.

Senior safety Shelton Johnson was selected as Wisconsin’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.

The Badgers continue their season with a trip to the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, where they will face Legends Division champion Nebraska at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Wisconsin is looking to win its third-consecutive Big Ten title and its third-consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl.

2012 Badgers All-Big Ten Football

Offense

Montee Ball – First team (consensus)

Jared Abbrederis – First team (consensus)

Rick Wagner – First team (consensus)

Travis Frederick – First team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Jacob Pedersen – First team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Ryan Groy – Second team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Defense

Mike Taylor – First team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Chris Borland – First team (coaches), Honorable mention (media)

Devin Smith – Second team (media), Honorable mention (coaches)

Beau Allen – Honorable mention (consensus)

Marcus Cromartie – Honorable mention (consensus)

David Gilbert – Honorable mention (consensus)

Ethan Hemer – Honorable mention (coaches)

Drew Meyer – Honorable mention (consensus)

Dezmen Southward – Honorable mention (consensus)

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Shelton Johnson

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