Justin Jackson, Dan Vitale Earn All-Big Ten Honors

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Dan Vitale and Justin Jackson were named second-team All-Big Ten.Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki- USA TODAY Sports

Two Northwestern skill position players earned All-Big Ten honors Tuesday night.

Running back Justin Jackson and superback Dan Vitale were named to the conference’s second team.

Jackson carried the ball 298 times, most in college football thus far this season. He totaled 1,344 rushing yards and went over 100 yards on the ground in eight of Northwestern’s 10 victories.

Vitale was named to the second-team after earning honorable mention after last season. Vitale’s 355 receiving yards are less than he had each of the previous two years (402 as a junior, 382 as a sophomore) but his four touchdowns were a career-high.

Interestingly, Jackson was selected to the second team behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Indiana’s Jordan Howard. Howard rushed for 131 fewer yards than Jackson, despite 102 fewer carries and three fewer games.

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