Michigan's Manningham and Burgess and Ohio State's Pettrey Named Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Sept. 18, 2006

OFFENSE:
Mario Manningham, Michigan 
SO, WR, Warren, Ohio/Harding
Manningham set a career high with three touchdown receptions, all in the first two quarters to boost Michigan to a 34-7 first-half advantage on the way to a road triumph at No. 2/3 Notre Dame. The sophomore wideout hauled in four passes on the day for a career-best 137 yards (34.3 yards per catch), his second career 100-yard effort after recording 106 yards at Wisconsin during his freshman campaign. Manningham began his day by streaking past the Fighting Irish defense for a career-long 69-yard touchdown to put the visiting Wolverines ahead 13-7 in the opening stanza, a lead UM did not surrender. He caught scoring passes of 20 and 22 yards in the second quarter to give his team a 34-7 lead with 2:30 left in the first half. His fourth catch covered 26 yards in the third quarter on a third-and-two situation to set up a Michigan field goal for a 40-14 lead. The Wolverines offense put up 47 points in the game, the most points given up at home by Notre Dame in 46 years. This marks the first weekly accolade of Manningham's career.

DEFENSE:
Prescott Burgess, Michigan 
SR, LB, Warren, Ohio/Harding
Burgess matched his career total with two interceptions at Notre Dame, including a pick of Brady Quinn on the second play of the game that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 advantage. The senior linebacker collected five tackles on the day, including one solo stop and a tackle for loss (-5 yards) while adding a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup to go along with his two interceptions. He picked off his second pass in the third quarter and rambled 35 yards to the Fighting Irish four-yard line to set up a field goal and a 37-14 advantage. Burgess claims the first weekly laurel of his career.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Aaron Pettrey, Ohio State 
FR, K, Raceland, Ky./Raceland-Worthington

Pettrey was perfect on a pair of field goals from beyond 40 yards and scored 10 points in Ohio State's win over Cincinnati. The freshman kicker opened the scoring with a career-long 47-yard field goal to give the Buckeyes a 3-0 advantage. He then added a 43-yarder in the second quarter to pull OSU within one point (7-6) before the hosts pulled away for a 37-7 victory. Pettrey also put five of his seven kickoffs into the endzone for a touchback. He collects the first special teams honor of his career.