Sept. 20, 2009
Carlos Brown, Michigan
SR, RB, Franklin, Ga./Heard County
Brown averaged 14.4 yards per carry against Eastern Michigan, racking up a career-high 187 rushing yards on only 13 carries while scoring a pair of touchdowns. The senior running back scored from nine yards out near the end of the first quarter before exploding on a 90-yard touchdown sprint in the second quarter. His 90-yard score is the third longest run in school history. Michigan posted 380 rushing yards in the game, the school’s best single-game performance since the 2003 campaign. Brown picks up his first career weekly honor.
LAST MICH OFFENSIVE POW: QB Tate Forcier on Sept. 13, 2009
Mike Kafka, Northwestern
SR, QB, Chicago, Ill./St. Rita
Kafka opened the game by connecting on a school-record 16 straight pass attempts and set a single-game record by completing 83.3 percent of his passes while accounting for five touchdowns to keep Northwestern close in a high-scoring shootout at Syracuse. The senior quarterback completed 35-of-42 passes for a career-best 390 yards with three touchdown passes. He also added a touchdown run and reception, becoming the first Big Ten player with at least one passing, rushing and receiving score in the same game since Penn State’s Zack Mills accomplished the feat against Akron in 2004. Kafka’s completion percentage broke the previous school record of 80.6 percent set by Brett Basanez against Illinois in 2005. Kafka earns his second career weekly laurel after being honored on Nov. 3, 2008.
LAST NU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Mike Kafka on Nov. 3, 2008
Sean Lee, Penn State
SR, LB, Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair
After missing last season with an injury, Lee recorded double-digits in tackles for the second time in three games this year with 12 defensive stops to help Penn State hold Temple to only a pair of field goals. The senior linebacker added 2.5 tackles for loss in the contest, including a three-yard sack, while hitting double-figures in tackles for the 14th time in his career. The Nittany Lions held the visitors to only 46 rushing yards in the game as PSU has held three consecutive foes to seven points or less for the first time since 1996. Lee earns his third weekly accolade but his first since being honored twice during the 2007 campaign, on Sept. 3 and Nov. 5.
LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: S Mark Rubin on Oct. 27, 2008
Ryan Donahue, Iowa
JR, P, Evergreen Park, Ill./St. Rita
Donahue averaged 51 yards on five punts against Arizona, including placing two boots inside the 20-yard line with a long of 62 yards. The junior punter total 255 punting yards in the game and four of his five kicks were of 50 yards or longer, including punts of 50, 51, 58 and 62 yards. The visiting Wildcats were held to only one punt return for four yards in the game. Donahue picks up his third weekly laurel in as many seasons after being honored as a freshman on Oct. 29, 2007, and as a sophomore on Nov. 24, 2008.LAST IOWA SPECIAL TEAMS POW: LB Jeremiha Hunter on Sept. 6, 2009
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
FR, LB, Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter
Borland made his presence felt on special teams against Wofford, blocking a punt and forcing a fumble on another punt while adding four tackles on defense. The freshman linebacker registered his first career forced fumble in the first quarter, stripping the ball from the returner deep in Badgers’ territory to set up a field goal. In the second quarter, he broke through to block a punt which was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. Borland earns his first player of the week award.
LAST WIS SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Brad Nortman on Oct. 27, 2008