Gardner accounted for six touchdowns in Michigan's 42-17 victory over Iowa last Saturday, helping the Wolverines keep pace in the Legends Division title chance. He threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for three scores to become the first Michigan player to account for six touchdowns since Steve Smith in 1983.
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NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo, in the 49ers' 32-7 win over the Bears.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of- 35 passing in New England's 59-24 defeat of Indianapolis.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-27 passing in New Orleans' 38-17 win over Oakland.
Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Iowa) - Caught seven passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' 27-21 overtime defeat of the Panthers.
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Racked up a team-high nine tackles, including one for loss, in the Bucs' 27-21 overtime victory over the Panthers.
Jay Feely, K, Arizona Cardinals (Michigan) - Nailed all four of his field goal attempts in the Cardinals' 23-19 loss to the Falcons.
Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan) - Totaled seven tackles, including five solo, in the Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Ravens.
Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina Panthers (Iowa) - Tallied seven tackles and a pass deflection in the Panthers' 27-21 overtime loss to the Bucs.
A.J. Hawk, LB, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State) - Tied for the team-lead with 10 tackles, including eight solo, in the Packers' 24-20 victory over the Lions.
Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Notched six tackles, a pass deflection and returned an interception for a touchdown in the Saints' 38-17 victory over the Raiders.
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Racked up a team-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo and two for loss, in the Rams' 27-13 loss to the Jets.
Rob Ninkovich, DE, New England Patriots (Purdue) - Recorded eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 59-24 victory over the Colts.
Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in the Ravens' 13-10 victory over the Steelers.
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Notched a team-high 15 tackles, including nine solo, and an interception and a pass deflection in the Jaguars' 43-37 overtimes loss to the Texans.
Bryan Scott, S, Buffalo Bills (Penn State) - Racked up four tackles, a pass deflection and an interception in Buffalo's 19-14 defeat of Miami.
Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Recorded six tackles, a pass deflection and a forced fumble in the Cowboy's 23-20 overtime victory over the Browns.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans (Wisconsin) - Tallied eight tackles, a sack and a pass deflection in the Texans' 43-37 overtime defeat of the Jaguars.
Fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Click on this link to vote for the Manning Award Player of the Week.
Passing: Five Big Ten signal-callers threw for more than 295 yards on Saturday. Indiana's Cam Coffman became the first conference player since former Hoosier Ben Chappell in 2010 to throw for more than 400 yards in a game, finishing with 454 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State, while Nittany Lion quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 395 yards and four scores as the two threw for the most yards in the Big Ten this season. Michigan's Devin Gardner threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns against Iowa, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez finished with 308 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Minnesota and Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell had 297 yards through the air and two scores versus Northwestern.
Receiving: Five Big Ten players not only caught eight or more passes, but also finished with 99 or more receiving yards last Saturday. In total, eight Big Ten players finished with 90 or more yards receiving, while six had seven or more catches on the day. Penn State's Allen Robinson led the Big Ten with 197 yards receiving and three touchdowns with 10 receptions against Indiana, while the Hoosiers' Shane Wynn led the way with 12 catches on the day for 108 yards. Nebraska's Kenny Bell finished with nine grabs for 136 yards, Northwestern's Dan Vitale had nine receptions for 110 yards and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz ended the day with eight catches for 99 yards. Michigan's Jeremy Gallon (133 yards), Michigan State's Dion Sims (102 yards), Indiana's Stephen Houston (90 yards) and Purdue's O.J. Ross (seven catches) all finished among the conference leaders on the receiving end last Saturday.
Tackles: Fourteen conference standouts finished with 10 or more tackles on Saturday, including five that finished tied at the top with 12 stops. Michigan's James Ross III, Northwestern Damien Proby, Ohio State's Zach Boren and Ryan Shazier and Penn State's Gerald Hodges all finished with a dozen tackles on Saturday, with Ross and Shazier leading with nine solo stops apiece. Minnesota's Aaron Hill, Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell, Ohio State's C.J. Barnett, Penn State's Mike Hull and Wisconsin's Shelton Johnson had 11 stops each, while Indiana's Greg Heban, Nebraska's Will Compton, Purdue's Landon Feichter and Wisconsin's Ethan Armstrong had 10 tackles.
Tackles for Loss: Seven Big Ten defenders recorded multiple tackles for loss on Saturday, led by Ohio State's John Simon, who notched four sacks against Wisconsin. Indiana's Adam Replogle also finished with four tackles for loss, including a sack, while Ohio State's Ryan Shazier had 3.0 TFLs vs. the Badgers. Other conference standouts to record multiple tackles for loss included Michigan's Frank Clark and Joe Bolden, Minnesota's Aaron Hill and Wisconsin's Dezmen Southward.
For the second straight season, Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon has been named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes college football's top defensive players who have had the biggest IMPACT on their teams both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, characteristics that Ronnie Lott exhibited throughout his brilliant Hall of Fame career at both USC and in the National Football League. Two Big Ten standouts have claimed the Lott IMPACT Trophy since it was first presented in 2004 - Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2008 and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt in 2010.
A National Voter Panel of more than 300 former coaches, players, members of the media, members of the Lott IMPACT Foundation Board of Directors and former Lott Trophy winners will select the winner. The Lott IMPACT Foundation awards $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the three runnerups. In its first eight years, the Lott IMPACT Foundation has donated nearly $900,000 to various charities throughout the United States.
Devin Gardner becomes the second University of Michigan quarterback this year to be selected as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Gardner collected more fan votes than seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Gardner, making his second career start filling in for the injured Denard Robinson, led the Wolverines to a 38-31 overtime victory over nationally-ranked Northwestern to keep the Wolverines in the mix for the Big Ten Legends Division title. The junior connected on 16-of-29 passes for 286 yards and a pair of TDs in the victory; his biggest play came in the final seconds as he connected with Roy Roundtree on a 53-yard pass to set up the game-tying field goal with two seconds to go in regulation. Then in overtime, Gardner ran for his second touchdown of the game to clinch the critical victory.
Amazingly the Detroit product spent the entire season at receiver (collecting 16 catches, including four touchdowns) before stepping into the starting quarterback role two weeks ago with Robinson's injury. Robinson status remains up in the air for this weekend's game against Iowa, meaning Gardner could get another opportunity to lead Michigan in its quest for a Big Ten Championship.
Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants (Nebraska) - Notched 10 tackles, including one for loss, in the Giants' 31-13 loss to the Bengals.
NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tallied a team-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo, in the 49ers' 24-24 tie with the Rams.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of- 38 passing in New England's 37-31 defeat of Buffalo.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-32 passing in New Orleans' 31-27 win over previously unbeaten Atlanta.
Kurt Coleman, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (Ohio State) - Tied a team-high with eight tackles, including one for loss, in the Eagles' 38-23 loss to the Cowboys.
Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Nebraska) - Racked up a team-high 14 tackles, including 13 solo and one for loss, in the Bucs' 34-24 victory over the Chargers.
Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings (Iowa) - Tallied five tackles, a pass deflection and one interception in the Vikings' 34-24 defeat of the Lions.
Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Notched a team-high 10 tackles and three pass deflections in the Saints' 31-27 victory over the Falcons.
James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis Rams (Ohio State) - Racked up seven tackles, including six solo, in the Rams' 24-24 tie with the 49ers.
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Recorded six tackles, including five solo, in the Chargers' 34-24 loss to the Bucs.
Mike Nugent, K, Cincinnati Bengals (Ohio State) - Connected on all five of his kicks, including a 28-yard field goal, in the Bengals' 31-13 win over the Giants.
Bernard Pollard, S, Baltimore Ravens (Purdue) - Tied for a team-high with 11 tackles, including nine solo, and a sack in the Ravens' 55-20 victory over the Raiders.
Paul Posluszny, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Penn State) - Notched eight solo tackles in the Jaguars' 27-10 loss to the Colts.
Anthony Spencer, LB, Dallas Cowboys (Purdue) - Recorded four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in the Cowboy's 38-23 win over the Eagles.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of- 19 passing in the Seahawks' 28-7 defeat of the Jets.
Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings (Ohio State) - Registered a team-high nine tackles, including one for loss, and a fumble recovery in the Vikings' 34-24 win over the Lions.