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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 12/8/2023, Last updated: 12/12/2023
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National Football Awards Central

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. took home the nation's top prize for a collegiate receiver on Friday evening and at the same time cemented his place in Ohio State history.
Harrison Jr. is the winner of this year's Biletnikoff Award from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, which honors the nation's most outstanding receiver at any position. The announcement was made during ESPN's annual College Football Awards show.
Harrison Jr. is just the second Buckeye ever to win the Biletnikoff Award. He joins Terry Glenn, who earned the honor in 1995. Harrison Jr. is the fifth player from a Big Ten school to win the award and the first in 19 years, since Braylon Edwards of Michigan in 2004.
A national selection committee consisting of over 650 journalists, commentators, broadcasters and former players selects the award winner annually. The award was established in 1994. Harrison Jr. has been a finalist in each of the last two seasons.
The Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year, Harrison Jr. can now add Biletnikoff Award winner and Heisman Trophy finalist to his growing list of awards and accolades. He finished the regular season with 67 receptions for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns, which is second-most in the country.
Nationally, Harrison Jr. ranks ninth in receiving yards per game (100.9), ninth in total receiving yards (1,211) and third in 100-yard receiving games (eight). He's caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 games this season, including in each of the last eight contests.
In Ohio State's record books, Harrison Jr. is third in career touchdown receptions (31), first in 100-yard games (15) and sixth in both career receptions (155) and receiving yards (2,613). He's the first Ohio State receiver to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and is also the first to be a two-time All-American. He's already been a first-team selection by CBS Sports, USA Today, The Athletic, Pro Football Focus and Sports Illustrated.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Tory Taylor has been named the recipient of the 2023 Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top collegiate punter. The announced was made Friday by the Augusta Sports Council.
Taylor becomes the first Hawkeye to win the Ray Guy Award. The Augusta Sports Council began honoring the top punter in 2000. Taylor is the second consecutive Melbourne, Australia, native to receive the prestigious award (Adam Korsak, Rutgers).
Taylor (6-foot-4, 232 pounds) was named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, Associated Press first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media last month. During the regular season, he was recognized as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week three times (Oct. 9; Oct. 16; Nov. 20), the Ray Guy National Punter of the Week on Oct. 24 and named to Ray’s 8 five times.
Taylor, who was also a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2020 and 2021, is a first-team All-American by CBS (unanimous), The Athletic and Sports Illustrated as a senior. Taylor (46.2) will finish his collegiate career breaking the NCAA’s career punting average record; currently held by Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda (42.5). Taylor has averaged 40 or more yards in an NCAA-best 42 career games.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – University of Iowa defensive coordinator and secondary coach Phil Parker has been named the recipient of the 2023 Broyles Award, it was announced Tuesday at the awards ceremony by the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation. The Broyles Award is presented annually to the top assistant coach in college football.
The honor is the first of Parker’s career. He was also a Broyles Award semifinalist in 2022. Two previous Hawkeye coaches — Norm Parker (2011) and Ron Aiken (2002) — have been named the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. Norm Parker was also a finalist in 2004 and 2005.
Phil Parker, who is in his 25th season on Iowa’s coaching staff (12th as defensive coordinator), has been the mastermind behind one of the nation’s top defenses in 2023. The Hawkeyes have allowed just 15 touchdowns in 13 games (tied for the third fewest in the NCAA) and the unit ranks fourth nationally, giving up 13.2 points per game.
The point per game average is the lowest by a Hawkeye defense since 2008.
The Hawkeyes have given up one touchdown or less in 10 of 13 games this season and the unit is ranked fifth nationally in total defense (274.8) for a sixth straight year. Iowa’s defense has allowed 400 yards or fewer in 27 straight games dating back to the 2021 season — the longest active streak nationally.