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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Michigan State Preview

What to watch on offense

Mark Dantonio is in his 7th year at Michigan State has finally brought something to Sparty that they haven’t had in a long time, consistency. After years of mediocre and losing seasons the Spartans have reached a bowl game in each of Dantonio’s 6 seasons. The Spartans added co-offensive coordinators but have maintained the same power running attack that Dantonio’s teams have been known for throughout the years.

After 2 seasons the Spartans are still searching for a QB to replace Kirk Cousins who posted a 28-12 record as a starter. Longtime heir apparent Andrew Maxwell gave way to Connor Cook shortly after the season started and has posted better than average numbers. The Spartan passing game is still a weak spot despite the presence of WRs Bennie Fowler, Aaron Burbridge, and Macgarrett Kings Jr.

After losing La’Veon Bell to the draft Sparty has turned to junior Jeremy Langford to carry the load at RB. Langford, who like many of the backs on the Spartan roster, didn’t see a ton of carries behind Bell has blossomed into playmaker at RB. At 6’0 206lbs, Langford is tough to tackle and has a great mix of speed and power.

The Spartan’s offensive line was decimated by injuries a year ago and while they lose their best linemen, they return the services of seniors Travis Jackson and Fou Fonoti. Returning 4 players with starting experience, though this is one of the smallest offensive lines the Spartans have had under Dantonio weight wise.

Best Offensive Player

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Big Ten Players of the Week

Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 19, the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week

Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

Sr., WR, Apopka, Fla./Apopka

· Established a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards, the second-most in Football Bowl Subdivision history, in Michigan’s victory over Indiana

· Broke the Big Ten’s previous mark of 301 yards set by Purdue’s Chris Daniels in 1999

· Caught a career-high 14 passes for an average of 26.4 yards per catch, scoring two touchdowns as the Wolverines posted a school-record 751 yards of total offense

· Scored on touchdown catches of 21 and 50 yards, two of his six plays that went for more than 20 yards on the day

· Records his second career weekly honor and second this season

· Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon (Sept. 9, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week

Max Bullough, Michigan State

Sr., LB, Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis

· Recorded 10 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in Michigan State’s shutout against Purdue, the Spartans’ first shutout of a conference foe since 1999

· Had a hand in the Spartans’ first score of the game, recording a sack and a forced fumble in the second quarter, resulting in a 45-yard Denicos Allen touchdown return

· Posted double-digit tackles for the seventh time in his career as the Spartan defense allowed just 226 total yards

· Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

· Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Darqueze Dennard (Oct. 6, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mitch Ewald, Indiana

Sr., K, Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

· Chipped in 11 points as Indiana scored 40 or more points for the fourth time this season, finishing with 47 on the road against Michigan

· Closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal, becoming the first Hoosier to convert a 50-yarder since 2002

· Also converted from 23 yards out and was successful on all five extra point attempts

· Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since his freshman season

· Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Mitch Ewald (Nov. 29, 2010)

Freshman of the Week

Desmond King, Iowa

DB, Detroit, Mich./East English Village

· Totaled a career-best 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Hawkeyes road contest against Ohio State

· Was part of an Iowa defense that held the Buckeyes to more than 12 points below their season average

· Ranks second among all Big Ten freshmen in tackles, averaging nearly six stops per contest

· Wins his first career weekly award

· Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: N/A

2012 Game Preview – Little Brother

What to watch on offense

Mark Dantonio is a defensive coach by trade and he puts a lot of trust in his offensive assistants to handle the day to day operation of the offense. Don Treadwell presided over a very effective offense before leaving to take the Miami (OH) HC job. Dan Roushar seMark Dantonio - ESPN.comrved as Dantonio’s offensive line coach for six years before taking over the offense last season. Dantonio’s teams have always believed in establishing the run first through a power running attack. The Spartans have opened up the offense on a more regular basis the past 2 seasons, throwing the ball more than 60% of the time. Physically beating up opposing defenses remains a hallmark of the Spartan offense however despite the success in the passing game.

Kirk Cousins left Michigan State as its all-time leading passer, handing the reigns to the much hyped Andrew Maxwell. A junior, Maxwell is Michigan State’s most highly touted QB recruit in recent memory and was groomed behind Cousins the last two years. Maxwell has had his share of ups and downs this season completing just 54% of his passes with 6 TDs and 4 interceptions. Michigan State’s struggles in the passing game can be attributed to more than just Maxwell. The loss of B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin has affected the Spartans more than most anticipated. The Spartans have no “go to” WR and have struggled to find playmakers outside. Keith Mumphery leads the way with 25 catches on the year and more than 300yds. True freshman Aaron Burbridge has come on strong in recent weeks accounting for 13 catches and 223yds in the last 2 weeks.

The Spartan offense is led by 6’2 238 lb Junior Le’Veon Bell who has taken over as the sole bread winner at RB this season. Bell is regarded as a legitimate 1st or 2nd round NFL prospect. Bell has surprising quick feet for a big back and his receiving skills make him an enticing outlet out of the backfield. Bell got off to an incredible fast start this season and though the first six games he sits at 916yds with 8 TDs. Bell has already racked up a ridiculous 200 carries in just the first six games and is on pace to carry the ball over 400 times this season.

The Spartans returned 4 starters on the offensive line but quickly saw two of them fall to injury. Michigan State has been forced to use a patchwork offensive line since injuries to guard Fou Fonoti and center Travis Jackson and the results haven’t been pleasant. Redshirt freshman Jack Allen has taken over under center and has experienced a trial by fire.

Best Offensive Player

La’Veon Bell- The most talented Spartan RB since TJ Duckett, Bell is a load to bring down and has the kind of burst and vision that make NFL scouts drool. Bell’s most underrated feature may be his hands. Bell recorded 267yds receiving as a junior.

Head Coach– Mark Dantonio-6th Year

Off Coor– Dan Roushar-2nd Year

Def Coor– Pat Narduzzi-6 Year

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