Gophers defensive end Carter Coughlin and linebacker Blake Cashman earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, and four teammates received honorable mention, the conference announced Tuesday.

The Big Ten released its all-conference defensive and special teams, with honorees selected on separate votes by coaches and media members. The All-Big Ten offensive teams will be announced Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m., BTN).

Safety Jacob Huff, kicker Emmit Carpenter and punter Jacob Herbers received honorable mention by both coaches and media, and return specialist Demetrius Douglas by the media.

Coughlin, a junior, was named second team by both the coaches and media. He tied for the Big Ten lead in sacks with 9.5 sacks and had 15 tackles for loss, which tied Cashman for the team lead. He also forced four fumbles and made 46 tackles, 32 solo.

Cashman, a senior, was named to the second team by media and third team by coaches. He led the Gophers with 104 tackles, which tied for fifth in the conference.

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald was named the conference's Coach of the Year by the coaches and media.

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U's Sheeny honored

Senior forward Tyler Sheehy of the Gophers was named the Big Ten's first star of the week in men's hockey.

Sheehy, the team captain from Burnsville, had four goals — two in each game — as Minnesota split with Michigan State last weekend. This was his eighth weekly award in his career.

U trio recognized

Three Gophers earned WCHA weekly awards after No. 2-ranked Minnesota won the Windjammer Classic in Burlington, Vt.

Kelly Pannek was named the co-forward of the week, Sophie Skarzynski was the top defenseman and Taylor Heise the top rookie.

3 NSIC volleyball stars named All-America

Three players from the NSIC were named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Division II first All-America team. They are middle blockers Sarah Kelly of Minnesota Duluth and Sara Macek of Concordia (St. Paul) and outside hitter Taylor Reiss of Southwest Minnesota State.

Four more NSIC players made the second All-America team: right side hitter Bria Barfnecht of Sioux Falls, right site hitter Brooklyn Lewis and setter Elizabeth Mohr, both of Concordia and setter Emily Torve of UMD.