Sept. 3, 2007
Jehuu Caulcrick, Michigan State
SR, RB, Findley Lake, N.Y./Clymer
In just one half of play, Caulcrick averaged an astounding 9.3 yards per carry and scored a career best four touchdowns to lead Michigan State to a 45-3 halftime lead on the way to a commanding victory over Alabama-Birmingham. The senior running back racked up 93 yards on a mere 10 attempts before sitting out the second half. In Mark Dantonio's first game as the Spartans head coach, MSU scored touchdowns on its first six drives of the day. Caulcrick tallied three touchdowns in the first quarter alone, including scoring runs of 1, 5 and 42 yards to boost the hosts to a 21-0 advantage. The 42-yard touchdown marked the longest scoring run of his career. Caulcrick would add another five-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give MSU a 35-0 advantage. His four rushing scores on the day are tied for second in Michigan State history behind only the six touchdowns scored by Blake Ezor against Northwestern in 1989. Caulcrick picks up the first weekly conference laurel of his career.
LAST MSU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Drew Stanton on Oct. 23, 2006
Tyler Donovan, Wisconsin
SR, QB, Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead
Making only his third career start, Donovan set career highs with 19 completions, 29 attempts and three touchdown passes and added a rushing score to lead the Badgers past Washington State. The senior quarterback connected on 65.5 percent of his passes for 284 yards and produced all three of his scoring strikes in the first half. Donovan's five-yard touchdown to Luke Swan knotted the score at 7-7 in the opening stanza before an 11-yard scoring toss to Garrett Graham in the second quarter gave the hosts a 21-14 lead they would not relinquish. With less than a minute left in the first half, the Wisconsin native led the offense 53 yards on just two plays, capped by a 38-yard scoring strike to Swan to give the Badgers a 28-14 lead. Donovan collects his first weekly conference accolade.
LAST WIS OFFENSIVE POW: RB P.J. Hill on Oct. 9, 2006
Sean Lee, Penn State
JR, LB, Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Despite playing less than three quarters, Lee filled up the stat sheet with seven total tackles (all solo), a forced fumble, a pass broken up and two tackles for loss, including a sack, to lead the Penn State defense to a 59-0 win over Florida International. The Nittany Lions have now recorded three shutouts in their last six games. The junior linebacker spearheaded a PSU defense that forced five turnovers and limited FIU to seven first downs, 114 yards of total offense and minus-three rushing yards. The 114 yards allowed were tied for the third-lowest total allowed by Penn State in 41-plus seasons under head coach Joe Paterno. Lee earns conference player of the week honors for the first time in his career.
LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: LB Dan Connor on Oct. 30, 2006
Dorien Bryant, Purdue
SR, WR, Swedesboro, N.J./Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
Bryant returned a pair of kickoffs for a career-high 151 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown sprint, to boost Purdue to a season-opening road win at Toledo. The senior wideout, who already ranks sixth in Big Ten history with 207 career receptions, added a 16-yard punt return, two receptions for 12 yards and two rushes for 18 yards to rack up 197 all-purpose yards in the game. Bryant now ranks third in Boilermakers history with 4,295 all-purpose yards, just 415 yards shy of the school record. Bryant picks up the first weekly award of his career.
LAST PUR SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Jared Armstrong on Nov. 27, 2006