WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior defensive tackle Gelen Robinson has been named third team All-Big Ten in a vote by the conference coaches. The conference office announced the All-Big Ten defensive and special teams as voted upon by the coaches and media today. The offensive team will be honored tomorrow and the individual award recipients Thursday.
Robinson, a native of Schererville, Indiana, was moved from end to tackle prior to the season and thrived in the interior. Starting all 12 games, he tallied a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss, including 4.0 sacks, racked up 48 total tackles, two PBUs and forced and recovered a fumble during the regular season.
A number of Boilermaker defenders were recognized with honorable mention honors by the conference. In a vote by the coaches, Linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley (89 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 FF and a 76-yard pick-6), defensive end Danny Ezechukwu (45 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 5.0 sacks, PBU, INT, FF and a school-record-tying 3 FR), defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal (19 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, PBU, FR, 2 FF) and safety Jacob Thieneman (74 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks 2 PBU, INT, FR) were all feted.
Linebacker Markus Bailey (78 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 7.0 sacks, 2 PBU, INT, FR, FF), cornerback Da’Wan Hunte (41 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 7 PBU, INT) and cornerback Josh Okonye (56 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 9 PBU) joined Bentley, Ezechukwu, Neal and Robinson in the media’s honorable mention vote.
Punter Joe Schopper (67 punts, 2,694 yards, 40.2 avg., 28 I20, 15 50+ punts) was recognized by the media with honorable mention honors for special teams.
The Boilermakers (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten) will learn their bowl destination Sunday.