Wilhite makes Big Ten 2nd team

Dane Mizutani

Gophers head coach Jerry Kill has stressed all season that he has a young football team.

On Monday, some of the older guys on the squad took home a few accolades to close out their careers.

Minnesota senior defensive lineman D.L. Wilhite was named second team All-Big Ten by the media, but he was left out in the coaches’ selections.

Michael Carter, Ra’Shede Hageman and Troy Stoudermire received honorable mentions in the media’s selections. Carter was the only Gophers player to receive an honorable mention in the coaches’ selections.

The Gophers earned zero All-Big Ten team selections last season.

Wilhite was the definite leader on the Gophers’ defensive line this season and finished tied for second in the conference with 8.5 sacks. He also tallied 11 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in his senior campaign.

Wilhite led the conference in sacks for most of the season, but Ohio State senior John Simon beat him out in the final week. Simon finished with nine sacks and was crowned Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Carter made a late-season push for a potential All-Big Ten team selection — to no avail. Carter ranked third in the conference with 16 pass breakups. He also had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

Hageman competed with Wilhite for the team sacks lead for most of the season, but he fell off toward the end and finished with five sacks.

Stoudermire led the Gophers in tackles and broke up three passes.

Wilhite and Carter were both named the Gophers’ Player of the Year at their respective positions Sunday night at the team’s annual banquet.