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Elliott, Ohio St. dominate All-Big Ten selections

Ohio State dominated the Associated Press All-Big Ten team released Tuesday, with seven players on the first team and running back Ezekiel Elliott voted offensive player of the year.

Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib was voted defensive player of the year, Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers was newcomer of the year and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz was the overwhelming choice as coach of the year.

Elliott and Michigan State receiver Aaron Burbridge were the only unanimous first-team picks by writers and broadcasters who cover the conference.

Elliott ran for a Big Ten-leading 139.3 yards a game, and his 19 rushing touchdowns are most in the conference and second nationally. He has run for 100 yards in 11 games this season. If the junior from St. Louis follows through with his announced intention to enter the 2016 NFL draft, he'll finish as Ohio State's No. 2 all-time rusher behind Archie Griffin with 3,812 yards.

Nassib walked on to Penn State in 2011, was awarded a scholarship before the 2013 season and this season was one of the most productive defensive linemen in the country. His school-record 151/2 sacks lead the nation, as do his six forced fumbles. He has 19 tackles for loss.

Burbridge broke out in his senior year, catching 80 passes for 1,219 yards to become the seventh receiver in program history to go over 1,000 in a season.

Arizona State: Safety Jayme Ebarbarireos Otomewo and defensive tackle Deonte Lamar Reynolds were dismissed from the team after being arrested and accused of burglary at a Tempe apartment complex.

Memphis: New coach Mike Norvell got a five-year deal that will pay just over $1.9 million a year.

Mississippi: Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche apologized in a statement released through the school after being charged with possession of marijuana following a 15-foot fall at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend. Nkemdiche said he "made a mistake and put myself in an environment that does not reflect who I am as a person." Nkemdiche said he did not use synthetic drugs. His status for the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl is undecided.

Nebraska: Cornerback Jonathan Rose was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.

OREGON: Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop will transfer to Oregon after visiting with the Ducks and Alabama. He also considered Michigan and Texas. Prukop has graduated with a degree in economics and will be eligible to play next season.

South Carolina: A new indoor practice building will be named the "Jerri and Steve Spurrier Indoor Practice Facility."

Elliott, Ohio St. dominate All-Big Ten selections 12/15/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 9:04pm]
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