Gopher Football was much improved this year and as Matt pointed out this morning it was a great season.
Tonight the Big Ten announced their 2014 All-Conference teams as voted on by the coaches and by the media. The media was much more kind to the Gophers, more on that later.
Before we get to the actual teams it should be noted that a couple Gophers earned some special recognition.
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year:
Maxx Williams, Minnesota
The best tight end in the conference this year was none other than Maxx Williams. A great season was adequately recognized and more awards are potentially on the horizon for Mr. Williams.
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year:
Peter Mortell, Minnesota
The field position battle was crucial for the Gophers this year and Peter Mortell was more than up to the task. Another great year for the Gopher punter and it earned him some hardware from the conference.
Gophers on All-Big Ten Coaches Team
|Maxx Willliams||1st team||Sophomore|
|Zac Epping||2nd team||Senior|
And the media was more kind by putting FIVE Gophers on the first team. Eric Murray drops off and only gets honorable mention but the list of names remains the same.
Gophers on All-Big Ten Media Team
|Maxx Willliams||1st team||Soph|
|David Cobb||2nd team||Senior|
Ultimately I think that the coaches got it WRONG by not including Wilson on the first team. And the Media was wrong to not have Eric Murray on either team. But it was nice to see Botticelli get a little recognition and there would have been couches burning in Dinkeytown if Maxx and Mortell were not first teamers.
Great recognition for 11 key contributors to what has been a great season.