Nov. 28, 2000
EVANSTON, Ill. -
The Northwestern University football team had 13 players named to the All-Big Ten teams and Randy Walker was named Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year. The selections were released today by the Big Ten Conference office.
In just his second season, Walker earns the Conference's Coach of the Year award after turning the Wildcat program from a 10th place finish a year ago to a championship season this year.
On offense, running back Damien Anderson (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was Northwestern's lone offensive first-team recipient with a unanimous selection by both the coaches and media polls. Anderson finished second nationally in rushing with 174.0 yards per game, and shattered Lorenzo White's Big Ten records for rushing yards (1,549) and rushing average (193.6) in conference games. He set these conference marks with 54 fewer carries than White. This season, Anderson averaged 6.5 yards per carry and did not fumble once in 293 rushing attempts.
Rounding out the offensive selections are offensive lineman Leon Brockmeier (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) and kicker Tim Long (Altoona, Pa./Altoona). Both players received second-team offensive honors in the media poll and honorable mention in the coaches poll.
Defensively, senior defensive end Dwayne Missouri (San Antonio, Texas/Roosevelt) was a consensus first team pick after finishing the season with 14 tackles for loss, including nine sacks, he forced five fumbles and blocked one kick. Junior linebacker Billy Silva (San Diego, Calif./St. Augustine) -- who led the team with 116 tackles -- was a first team pick by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches.
Second-team defensive selections include junior Napoleon Harris (Dixmoor, Ill./Thornton Township) and senior Harold Blackmon (Chicago, Ill./Leo). Harris was a consensus second team pick at linebacker. He had 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery on the season. Blackmon broke his own school record recording 20 pass break ups to go along with five interceptions. Blackmon also received honorable mention in the coaches poll.
Receiving Honorable Mention in the Coaches poll for Northwestern was Kevin Bentley (LB), Austin King (C) and Jeff Roehl (OG).
Receiving Honorable Mention in the Media poll for the Wildcats was Kevin Bentley (LB), Teddy Johnson (WR), Austin King (C), Zak Kustok (QB), Sam Simmons (WR) and Jeff Roehl (OG).