Barkley, Jewell receive the top honors in Big Ten

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named offensive player of the year in the Big Ten and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year.

The two were honored Thursday as the Big Ten announced its football specialty awards.

Barkley ranks first in the conference and second nationally with an average of 179.5 all-purpose yards per game. Jewell was the only player in the Big Ten to average better than 10 tackles a game.

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who averaged a Big Ten-leading 150 yards per game, is freshman of the year. Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, whose Badgers are unbeaten and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is coach of the year.

• Wisconsin and Michigan have three players apiece on the coaches' All-Big Ten defense first team.

Linebacker T.J. Edwards and defensive backs Nick Nelson and D'Cota Dixon represent Wisconsin on the first-team defense. Michigan players on the first team are linemen Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst and LB Devin Bush.

Ohio State linemen Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis also are on the first team, along with linebacker Josey Jewell and defensive back Josh Jackson of Iowa. Penn State DB Marcus Allen rounds out the first team.

First-team specialists are Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes, Rutgers punter Ryan Anderson and return man Saquon Barkley of Penn State.

Ohio State and Wisconsin have four players apiece on the coaches' All-Big Ten first team for offense.

Ohio State has QB J.T. Barrett, guard Michael Jordan, center Billy Price and tackle Jamarco Jones on the first team. Wisconsin has RB Taylor, tight end Troy Fumagalli, tackle Michael Deiter and guard Beau Benzschawel on the team.

Also named first team were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs and Maryland receiver DJ Moore.

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