Northwestern vs. Nebraska, 11/4/17

Nebraska place kicker Drew Brown (34) kicks a third-quarter field goal at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

ERIC GREGORY, Journal Star

The Big Ten on Tuesday morning announced defensive all-conference teams and the Huskers were left out in the cold by both the coaches and the media.

Nebraska didn’t have a single representative on any of either group’s top three teams and was the conference’s only team to not have at least one honorable mention.

Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan dominated the defensive all-league teams. Those three schools combined to account for 21 of the 33 first-, second- and third-team defensive selections by the coaches and 16 by the media. Wisconsin and Michigan had three coaches’ first-teamers each, and the Buckeyes and Iowa had two each.

Nebraska, meanwhile, was completely shut out.

The Huskers allowed 36.4 points per game over a 4-8 campaign and closed the season by becoming the 20th team in college football history to allow 54 or more points in three straight games.

Nebraska tied Maryland for the most touchdowns allowed (52) and surrendered 6.3 yards per play. No other team in the conference allowed more than 5.7.

On the special teams lists, NU senior Drew Brown was named an honorable mention placekicker by both the coaches and media. The coaches and media also selected JD Spielman as an honorable mention specialist, while the media recognized De’Mornay Pierson-El for the same.

Brown made 12-of-14 field goals on the year and all 37 of his extra points. Spielman’s first return of his career went 99 yards for a touchdown and he finished ninth in the Big Ten in kick return average (24.8). Pierson-El had a 63-yard punt return early in the season but didn’t crack the top 10 in the league with a 7.1 average return.

Senior linebacker Chris Weber was named Nebraska’s winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. He led the Huskers with 95 tackles.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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