Big Ten Players of the Week

Offensive Co-Players of the Week

Devin Gardner, Michigan

Jr., QB, Detroit, Mich./Inkster

· Accounted for four touchdowns, two through the air and two on the ground, to help Michigan to a 38-31 overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday

· Threw for 286 yards on 16 completions, including a 53-yarder with under 10 seconds in regulation to set up a game-tying field goal

· Threw touchdown passes of eight and 28 yards, and scored on runs of one and eight yards, with the former serving as the game-winner in overtime

· Wins his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor

· Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Oct. 8, 2012)

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Sr., RB, Wentzville, Mo./Timberland

· Rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana on Saturday, moving into second place on the NCAA all-time touchdown list with 77

· Moved his career rushing touchdown total to 71, which is tied with former Badger Ron Dayne for the most in Big Ten history

· Part of a Wisconsin running attack that amassed 564 rushing yards against the Hoosiers, which ranks as the sixth-most in a single game in Big Ten history

· Wins the sixth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career, which is tied for fourth in conference history, and his second this season

· Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week:  Montee Ball (Oct. 15, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week

Kawann Short, Purdue

Sr., DT, East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central

· Posted six tackles, including a career-best four tackles for loss, as Purdue defeated Iowa 27-24 on the road on Saturday

· Finished with five solo tackles, including a third-quarter sack for a 10-yard loss to help Purdue win in Iowa City for the first time since 1992

· Part of a Purdue defense that held Iowa to just 74 yards rushing after entering the game averaging more than 125 yards per contest

· Takes home his third career Defensive Player of the Week laurel and first this season

· Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Kawann Short (Nov. 14, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Brett Maher, Nebraska

Sr., P/K, Kearney, Neb./Kearney

· Accounted for 12 points and averaged 41 yards per punt in Nebraska’s 32-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday

· Was a perfect three-for-three on field goal tries, converting from 27, 32 and 33 yards, his fourth game with three or more field goals this season

· Had 205 punting yards, including  69-yarder in the fourth quarter, pinning the Nittany Lions on their own two-yard line to set up a Nebraska safety

· Wins his sixth Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award, the most in Big Ten history, and third this season

· Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Brett Maher (Oct. 29, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Mason Monheim, Illinois

LB, Orrville, Ohio/Orrville

· Totaled a career- and game-high 15 tackles against Minnesota on Saturday

· Finished with 1.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack, and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in tackles per game during Big Ten play

· Wins his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

· Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Mason Monheim (Oct. 1, 2012