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Record nine Badgers named First Team All-Big Ten

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Fittingly, Montee Ball won the first-ever Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Award.
Fittingly, Montee Ball won the first-ever Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Award.

A record nine Badgers were named First Team All-Big Ten Monday and 17 players overall were honored by the conference.

Russell Wilson and Montee Ball -- both first team selections by the coaches and the media -- led the way as Wilson won the inaugural Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year Award and Ball won the inaugural Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Award.

Ball was the only player in the conference recognized as a unanimous selection by either the coaches or the media.

Wilson and Ball figure to be neck-and-neck for the conference's Offensive Player of the Year Award, which will be announced Wednesday along with the Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards.

Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler, Josh Oglesby, Mike Taylor, Chris Borland, Aaron Henry and Antonio Fenelus were also recognized as first-teamers.

2011 Award Winners and All-Big Ten Teams

Here is the complete list of Wisconsin's All-Big Ten Selections:

Offense
QB: Russell Wilson - First team (Consensus)
RB: Montee Ball - First team (Consensus)
WR: Nick Toon - Second team (Coaches) / Honorable mention (Media)
WR: Jared Abbrederis - Honorable mention (Consensus)
C: Peter Konz - First team (Media) / Honorable mention (Coaches)
G: Kevin Zeitler - First team (Consensus)
G: Travis Frederick - Second team (Consensus)
T: Josh Oglesby - First team (Consensus)
T: Ricky Wagner - Honorable mention (Consensus)
TE: Jacob Pedersen - Second team (Media)
K: Philip Welch - Honorable mention (Media)

Defense
DL: Patrick Butrym - Honorable mention (Consensus)
LB: Chris Borland - First team (Consensus)
LB: Mike Taylor - First team (Media) / Second team (Coaches)
DB: Aaron Henry - First team (Coaches) / Honorable mention (Media)
DB: Antonio Fenelus - First team (Media) / Honorable mention (Coaches)
P: Brad Nortman - Honorable mention (Consensus)