Big Ten Announces Football Players of the Week for Sept. 11 Games

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Southern Illinois.

Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Southern Illinois.

Sept. 13, 2010

 

OFFENSE:
Denard Robinson, Michigan
SO, QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
One week after setting school records for total offense and rushing yards by a quarterback, Robinson reset those marks with 502 yards of total offense and 258 yards on the ground, including the game-winning touchdown run with 27 seconds left to lead Michigan to a road victory at Notre Dame. The sophomore quarterback accounted for 502 of the Wolverines’ 532 yards in the game. His 258 rushing yards rank as the fifth-best single-game effort in school history and shattered the Big Ten record of 217 rushing yards by a signal caller, set by Northwestern’s Mike Kafka in 2008. Robinson recorded 28 rushes for 258 yards (9.2 avg.) with two touchdowns and also completed 24 of 40 passes (60.0 pct.) for 244 yards and another score. He became the ninth quarterback in NCAA history and second in Big Ten annals to rush and pass for 200 yards in a game, joining Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El, who accomplished the feat in 2000. After Notre Dame took a 24-21 lead with 3:41 left in the game, Robinson led a 12-play, 72-yard scoring drive capped by his two-yard scoring run for the win. Robinson is the first Big Ten player to earn back-to-back offensive player of the week laurels since Michigan State running back Javon Ringer was honored three straight weeks on Sept. 8, 15 and 22 of the 2008 season.
LAST MICH OFFENSIVE POW: QB Denard Robinson on Sept. 6, 2010

DEFENSE:
Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State
SR, CB, Clermont, Fla./East Ridge
Chekwa picked off a pair of passes and recorded two pass breakups, while adding six tackles and a tackle for loss to help hold the offense of nationally ranked Miami (Fla.) to only 10 points. With the Hurricanes leading 7-3 in the second quarter, Chekwa broke up a pass in the end zone to force a field goal. The senior cornerback then recorded both of his interceptions in the last seven minutes of the half. With OSU leading 13-10, Chekwa snagged his first interception to give the hosts the ball at the 19-yard line, which led to a touchdown and a 20-10 lead. With less than a minute left, he picked off his second pass to set up a field goal to give Ohio State a 26-17 halftime advantage.
LAST OSU DEFENSIVE POW: S Tyler Moeller on Sept. 6, 2010


 

 

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS:
Dan Conroy, Michigan State
SO, K, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South
Conroy tallied a career-high 12 points in Michigan State’s 30-17 victory over Florida Atlantic and connected on all three of his field goal attempts, each over 40 yards. The sophomore kicker opened the scoring with a 44-yarder in the first quarter before adding a 41-yarder in the second quarter to give the Spartans a 20-7 lead at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Conroy connected on a career-long 50-yarder to cap the scoring for MSU.
LAST MSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: K Brett Swenson on Nov. 15, 2009

Devin Barclay, Ohio State
SR, K, Annapolis, Md./McDonogh
Barclay matched a school record with five field goals and accounted for 18 points in Ohio State’s 36-24 victory over nationally ranked Miami (Fla.). The senior kicker’s five field goals are tied for the second-most in Big Ten history. Barclay connected on field goals of 24, 41, 21 and 24 yards in the first half to boost the hosts to a 26-17 halftime advantage. He added a 24-yarder in the third quarter to provide OSU’s final points of the game.
LAST OSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PR Ray Small on Nov. 8, 2009

FRESHMAN:
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
FR, QB, Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst
In his second career start, Scheelhaase completed 14 of 18 passes (77.8 pct.) for 229 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois to a victory in the home opener against Southern Illinois. The freshman signal caller posted a pass efficiency rating of 221.31, which ranks as the sixth-best single-game rating in school history. On the Illini’s second possession, Scheelhaase hit wideout A.J. Jenkins on a 54-yard scoring strike to give the hosts a 7-0 lead. He added a 33-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
LAST ILL FRESHMAN OF WEEK: NA