Rutgers’ Adam Korsak named to All-Big Ten first team by coaches, marks more history

Adam Korsak ran the gamut when the Big Ten released their playoff honors for defensive players and special teams on Tuesday.

The Rutgers star punter tied with Penn State’s Jordan Stout as the All-Big Ten first-team bettor as voted by league coaches. He was snubbed on the media ballot, making it the third team. And in the end, he became the first player in program history to receive some sort of honor from any conference in his four-year career (and Korsak will have a fifth in 2022 after receiving a waiver from NCAA).

Korsak received honorable mentions from both coaching and media in 2018. He was the second coaching pick in 2019 and their third in 2020. He was the third media pick in 2019 and their second in 2020.

Korsak is one of three finalists for the 2021 Ray Guy Prize, awarded to the country’s top bettor. The others are Matt Araiza and Stout of San Diego State, who was named the Big Ten’s top bettor. Korsak should be seen as a favorite to take home the award given that he emphasizes net punt average as a key criterion. Korsak’s net average of 45.34 yards this year is set to set a new NCAA record.

Korsak is the fourth Rutgers player to be named to an All-Big Ten first team. Bettor Ryan Anderson was named by the coaches and the media in 2017. Aron Cruickshank was the returning first-team player for both teams in 2020 and linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi was also voted by the media last season.

Fatukasi was voted third team this season by the media and received an honorable coaching mention. Noseguard Julius Turner received an honorable mention in both teams and safety Christian Izien was an honorable mention selection in the media.

Quarterback Noah Vedral has also been named the Rutgers Sportsmanship Laureate. The conference will release its offensive honors on Wednesday.

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