Willie VanDeSteeg Is Camp Player of the Week

Willie VanDeSteeg Named Camp Player of the Week

Willie VanDeSteeg was named Walter Camp Football Foundation Defensive Players of the Week after had three quarterback sacks and forcing a fumble that led to a touchdown as Minnesota defeated Big Ten rival Illinois 27-20. VanDeSteeg, who had five tackles, also broke up a fourth-quarter pass that resulted in an interception to seal the victory for the Golden Gophers (6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten).

Senior defensive end Willie VanDeSteeg from Glencoe Silver Lake is one of the four team captains. Minnesota has a bye this week and faces Purdue on the road Oct. 25. Minnesota's 6-1 start is its best since 2003.

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