B1G Week Ten Players of the Week

Offensive Co-Players of the Week

Philip Nelson, Minnesota

So., QB, Mankato, Minn./West

•           Combined for 309 total yards, threw four touchdown strikes and completed 70 percent of his passes in Minnesota’s 42-39 victory over Indiana

•           Notched career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns, becoming the first Gopher quarterback since 2009 to throw four touchdowns in a single game

•           Connected with Maxx Williams on a 50-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play for the eventual game-winning score after returning following an in-game injury

•           Records the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career after winning Freshman of the Week accolades on Oct. 29, 2012

•           Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Adam Weber (Nov. 1, 2009)

Bill Belton, Penn State

Jr., RB, Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township

•           Recorded a career-high 201 rushing yards and scored a touchdown in Penn State’s overtime win against Illinois

•           Posted Penn State’s first 200-yard rushing game since former standout Larry Johnson ran for 279 yards in 2002 and is the second Big Ten player to reach the milestone this season

•           Scored the first points of the game on a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, marking his fourth rushing score of the season

•           Wins his first career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week laurel

•           Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matt McGloin (Nov. 19, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week

Denicos Allen, Michigan State

Sr., LB, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton

•           Matched or recorded season highs with nine tackles, three stops for loss and two sacks in Michigan State’s win over Michigan

•           Helped the Spartan defense hold Michigan to minus-48 yards rushing, the third-fewest in Spartan history and the fewest in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season

•           Becomes the fourth different Michigan State defender to earn conference laurels this season, joining Max Bullough, Shilique Calhoun and Darqueze Dennard

•           Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor after winning Special Teams honors as a freshman in 2010

•           Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Max Bullough (Oct. 21, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Peter Mortell, Minnesota

So., P, Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy

•           Averaged 43 yards per punt, placing two inside the 20-yard line, to help Minnesota to a three-point win over Indiana

•           Totaled 215 yards on five punts, including a long of 52 yards

•           Pinned Indiana inside its own 20-yard line on both of his third-quarter punts

•           Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

•           Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Chris Hawthorne (Oct. 28, 2013)

Freshman of the Week

Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska

WR, Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic

•           Was on the receiving end of Nebraska’s game-winning touchdown pass as time expired, giving the Huskers a 27-24 victory over Northwestern

•           Finished the game with four catches for 104 yards, both career highs, including the 49-yarder to clinch the victory

•           Recorded his first career touchdown grab

•           Wins his first career weekly award

•           Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: David Santos (Oct. 29, 2012)

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