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)

Big Ten Football Players of the Week

The offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten for games on Oct. 6 were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Co-Players of the WeekOct 06, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA;  Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) gets tackled by Purdue Boilermakers safety Max Charlot (34) during the second quarter at Ross Ade Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Denard Robinson, Michigan

Sr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach

· Became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback after rushing for 235 yards, second-most in single-game history by a Big Ten quarterback, against Purdue on Saturday

· Has 3,905 career rushing yards, which ranks fourth in NCAA history among quarterbacks

· Also passed for 105 yards against Purdue, totaling 340 yards of offense to move into the top 10 in total offense in Big Ten history

· Wins his ninth career Offensive Player of the Week honor, tied for the most in conference history with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne

· Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Sept. 10, 2012)

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Jr., RB, Naples, Fla./Naples

· Rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in Ohio State’s win over nationally ranked Nebraska on Saturday night

· Became the first Buckeye since Eddie George in 1995 to score four touchdowns in a game

· Scored on touchdown runs from one, one, seven and 16 yards to help the Buckeye offense to 63 points, tied for the second-most points by a Big Ten team this season

· Wins the first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of his career

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