Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson and junior running back Montee
Ball were each named the best at their positions and highlighted a list of 17 Badgers named All-Big Ten on Monday as the league announced its postseason awards and all-conference teams.
After scoring a Big Ten-record 34 touchdowns this season, Ball was named the inaugural winner of the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award, which is named for former Badgers, and Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne.
Wilson, who is on pace to break the NCAA record for passing efficiency, became the first recipient of the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year honor.
In all, the Badgers placed 12 players on either the All-Big Ten first or second teams and saw five others earn honorable mention. A total of nine Wisconsin players earned first-team honors on either the coaches’ or media’s all-Big Ten squads, including five consensus first-team picks.
The nine first-team picks are the most in UW history, surpassing the 1993 team’s eight first-team selections.