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Nine Northwestern players receive 2023 All-Big Ten honors

The Wildcats were represented well in all three facets.

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Following a 7-5 season courtesy of several upstart players and position groups, Northwestern football is drawing the recognition of conference coaches and media members alike.

On Tuesday, it was announced that senior linebacker Bryce Gallagher made the coaches’ and media’s All-Big Ten Second Team. The captain made the media’s Third Team in 2022, and finished third in the conference with 110 total tackles. He also tacked on four tackles for loss, an interception, two forced fumbles and a sack while playing a team-high 801 snaps.

The ‘Cats’ two starting inside linebackers were both voted on to the prestigious teams, with Xander Mueller slotting into the media’s All-Big Ten Third Team. Mueller posted a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions, plus accrued 102 tackles, five sacks and two pass deflections.

Additionally, guard Josh Priebe was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team. The senior captain allowed 17 pressures and had a 97.5 PFF efficiency, the best among any NU O-lineman.

Wildcats that received honorable mentions included kicker Jack Olsen (coaches/media), cornerback Rod Heard II (coaches/media), receiver A.J. Henning (coaches/media), receiver Bryce Kirtz (media), defensive lineman Aidan Hubbard (media) and safety Coco Azema (media).

NU sixth-year wideout Cam Johnson ranked seventh in the Big Ten in both catches (50) and yards (684), but was not included among the honorees. It may be due to the fact that the transfer wideout gained 212 of those yards in the final two contests of 2023.