Badgers Receive No Preseason Honors

The annual Big Ten Conference Football Kickoff Luncheon was held in Chicago, IL. Thursday, and the Badgers left empty-handed. Michigan was picked to win the Big Ten in the preseason media poll, followed by Ohio State and Michigan State.

Wisconsin did not receive any preseason honors at the annual Big Ten Luncheon in Chicago, IL. Here is the official release from the Big Ten, announcing its preseason honors:

PARK RIDGE, IL - The Big Ten Conference announced today that Michigan has been chosen as the pre-season football favorite in a vote by media members attending the Conference's media day. The Big Ten announces only the top three teams in its pre-season poll.

Michigan ended the 2001 campaign just one game behind Conference champion Illinois, marking UM's fifth straight top-two finish. The Wolverines have won or shared the Big Ten crown in three of the last five years. Head Coach Lloyd Carr returns 15 starters from last year, including eight standouts from a defense that led the League in both total and rushing defense in 2001.

Placing second in the media poll was Ohio State, which finished last season in third place in the Big Ten standings under then first-year Head Coach Jim Tressel. Tressel's Buckeyes return the veteran experience of 15 starters overall for 2002, including seven on defense and five on offense.

Michigan State was picked for third place in the pre-season poll. The Spartans and Head Coach Bobby Williams welcome back 16 starters, including eight from the Big Ten's top overall offense in 2001.

Garnering individual awards as voted by the attending media were MSU junior wide receiver Charles Rogers, named the Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year, and Ohio State senior strong safety Mike Doss, who was selected the Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year.

Rogers, a 6-4, 200-pounder from Saginaw, Michigan, shattered every single-season MSU receiving record as a sophomore last season. His 1,470 receiving yards marked the second-highest total in Conference history while he also established new school records in receptions (67), touchdown receptions (14) and 100-yard receiving games (six). The 2001 Second Team All-Big Ten selection ranked among the League leaders in receiving yards per game (second, 122.5 yards per game), scoring (tied for second, 8.0 points per game) and receptions (fourth, 5.6 per game). Rogers was named the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic Offensive MVP after leading the Spartans to a win over Fresno State with 10 catches for a school-record 270 yards and two touchdowns.

The 5-11, 204-pound Doss is aiming to become just the seventh player in Ohio State history to garner first-team All-America honors three years in a row. A native of Canton, Ohio, Doss is a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree who returned to school for his senior season to obtain his college degree. He has led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of the past two years, totaling 87 stops and a team-best 10 tackles for loss in 2001, when he was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Thorpe Award. Doss racked up a team-high 94 tackles as a sophomore in 2000.

The 107th season of Big Ten football kicks off on August 23 when Wisconsin hosts Fresno State in the John Thompson Foundation Classic.

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