Big Ten Names Player of the Week Winners

Big Ten Names Player of the Week Winners

The Big Ten announced its selections for Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.

CO-OFFENSE:

Kellen Lewis, Indiana, FR, QB, Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin

Lewis guided the Hoosiers to their first win over a top-15 program in nearly two decades by completing 76 percent of his passes for a career-best 255 yards and three touchdowns while adding another rushing score in a 31-28 triumph over Iowa. The redshirt freshman completed 19-of-25 passes and rallied Indiana from an early 21-7 deficit. He connected with wideout James Hardy on three scoring strikes, including a 20-yard touchdown toss with 9:51 left in the game to give the hosts a 31-28 lead that they would not relinquish. The Hoosiers recorded their first win over a top-15 program since knocking off No. 9 Ohio State on Oct. 10, 1987. The Florida native picks up the first weekly accolade of his career and the first for an Indiana offensive player in more than four years, since quarterback Gibran Hamdan was honored on Oct. 14, 2002. Lewis also became the first Hoosiers freshman to pick up the weekly laurels since quarterback Antwaan Randle El was honored twice (Sept. 14 and Oct. 17) in 1998.

Curtis Painter, Purdue, SO, QB, Vincennes, Ind./Lincoln

Painter exploded for a career-high 35 completions, 49 attempts and 431 yards while connecting on 71.4 percent of his throws and adding a pair of touchdown passes and a scoring run in a road victory at Northwestern.  The junior signal caller hit nine different receivers on the day, including scoring strikes of 19 yards to Dustin Keller and one yard to Jake Standeford. He also wrapped up the scoring with a three-yard scamper in the final stanza for the final 31-10 deficit. Painter surpassed the 400-yard mark in passing yards for the second time this season (416 yards against Ball State on Sept. 16). His 431-yard effort is the fourth-best single-game performance in the country this season and the ninth-best total in Purdue history. He collects Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. 

DEFENSE:

LaMarr Woodley, Michigan, SR, DE, Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw

Woodley collected a team-best five tackles and three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, and forced a fumble to headline a dominating defensive performance by Michigan on the road at Penn State. Woodley's two sacks were part of a season-high seven-sack effort by the Wolverines. The Nittany Lions had allowed only six sacks all season entering the game. Michigan limited Penn State to -14 yards rushing on the night, the lowest total allowed by the school since limiting Oregon State to -19 yards in 1986. The Wolverines currently lead the country by allowing only 32.6 rushing yard per contest. Woodley ranks among the top 10 nationally and second in the Big Ten with 7.0 sacks on the year while rating second in the conference with 10.0 tackles for loss. This is the first weekly honor of his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State, JR, PR, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Ginn Jr. shattered the Big Ten record with his sixth career punt return touchdown, a 60-yard sprint on his only return of the game at Michigan State to give the Buckeyes a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. The junior wideout broke the conference record he previously held with Iowa's Tim Dwight, who recorded five punt return scores from 1994-97. Ginn is now just two touchdowns shy of equaling the NCAA career record of eight punt return scores held by Texas Tech's Wes Walker (2000-03) and Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins (2001-04). The Cleveland native picks up Big Ten special teams weekly accolades for the third straight season, after being honored twice in 2004 (Nov. 6 and 20) and on Oct. 24, 2005. His four career special teams weekly awards are tied for the second-highest total in Big Ten annals.

 

 

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