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

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B1G Players of the Week

Offensive Co-Players of the Week

Devin Gardner, Michigan

Jr., QB, Detroit, Mich./Inkster

· Became only the sixth player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2000 to throw for 300 yards, pass for three touchdowns and rush for three scores in Michigan’s 42-17 victory over Iowa on Saturday

· Was 18-for-23 with 314 yards passing and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 37 yards and three more scores in the victory

· Is the first Michigan player to account for six touchdowns since Steve Smith also had three passing and three rushing scores in 1983

· Wins his second Big Ten Player of the Week honor in as many weeks

· Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Devin Gardner (Nov. 12, 2012)

Matt McGloin, Penn State

Sr., QB, Scranton, Pa./West Scranton

· Finished just four yards shy of the PSU passing yards record, totaling a career-best 395 yards and tying a career high with four touchdowns in a 45-22 win over Indiana

· Completed 22 of 32 passing attempts, a 68.8 completion percentage, with all four of his touchdown tosses coming in the first half

· Became the program’s single-season leader with 251 completions and 3,071 passing yards and is now the career leader with 45 touchdown passes

· Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and first this season

· Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matt McGloin (Sept. 26, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week

John Simon, Ohio State

Sr., DL, Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney

· Totaled six tackles, including a program-record four sacks, in a 21-14 overtime victory against Wisconsin on Saturday

· The four sacks is the most by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan had four on Nov. 13, 2010 against Michigan

· Ranks as the conference leader with nine sacks and is tied with teammate Ryan Shazier with 14.5 tackles for loss this season

· Wins his second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and first this season

· Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Nov. 5, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Corey Brown, Ohio State

Jr., PR, Upper Darby, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara

· Scored the first touchdown of the game against Wisconsin, returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to give OSU a 7-0 first-quarter lead

· Averaged 23 yards per punt return on three attempts in a 21-14 overtime win over the Badgers

· Wins his second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award

· Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Corey Brown (Oct. 8, 2012)

Co-Freshman of the Week

James Ross III, Michigan

LB, Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary’s Prep

· Led the Wolverine defense with a career-high 12 tackles in their 42-17 victory over Iowa on Saturday

· Was part of a Michigan defense that held Iowa to 309 yards of offense, below its season average

· Claims his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

· Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Devin Funchess (Sept. 10, 2012)

Dan Vitale, Northwestern

SB, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South

· Finished with a Northwestern season-best nine receptions for a career-best 110 yards in the Wildcats’ 23-20 road win against Michigan State

· Becomes the second Wildcat receiver to go over 100 yards receiving in a game this season

· Claims his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

· Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Nick VanHoose (Oct. 15, 2012)

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