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Nebraska's Dicaprio Bootle (left) breaks up a pass intended for Northwestern's Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman during the second half Oct. 13 in Evanston, Ill.

Nebraska sophomore Dicaprio Bootle made a habit of breaking up passes this fall.

The 5-foot-10 cornerback started every game for the Huskers and broke up 15 passes, tied for fourth in the Big Ten and the second-most in single-season history at NU.

Bootle was recognized for his work when the Big Ten coaches and media named him a third-team All-Big Ten selection.

Junior linebacker Mohamed Barry, who finished tied for second in the conference in tackles at 112, was named to the media's third team and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches.

Also in the honorable mention ranks: senior outside linebacker Luke Gifford (coaches and media), junior defensive lineman Carlos Davis (media) and junior defensive lineman Khalil Davis (coaches).

Nebraska redshirt freshman walk-on punter Isaac Armstrong was named an honorable mention punter by the coaches and media. 

The Big Ten announced defensive teams and individual awards Tuesday and offense will follow Wednesday. The Huskers can expect some recognition on that side of the ball, as well.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was named the coach of the year by the coaches and media. Michigan linebacker Devin Bush was named the league's defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year. Two other players the Huskers faced — Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes and Iowa defensive back Amani Hooker — were named the defensive lineman and defensive back of the year, respectively.

In addition to offense-specific honors, the league's freshman of the year award will be announced Wednesday. The two leading candidates are Husker quarterback Adrian Martinez and Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore.

Contact the writer at 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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