Sept. 22, 2008
Javon Ringer, Michigan State
SR, RB, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne
Ringer became the first player in school history to record back-to-back 200-yard rushing games when he racked up 201 yards on 39 carries with a pair of touchdowns in a win over Notre Dame. With Michigan State holding a narrow 16-7 lead in the fourth quarter, the senior running back carried the ball seven straight times for 77 yards, including a 63-yard burst to set up his second score and secure the 23-7 victory. Ringer becomes the first offensive player in Big Ten history to earn at least a share of three straight conference weekly accolades. The only other individual to accomplish that feat was Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for three straight weeks in 2005 (Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and 10). Ringer now has four career weekly laurels, as he was also honored on Oct. 15, 2007.
LAST MSU OFFENSIVE POW: RB Javon Ringer on Sept. 15, 2008
Navorro Bowman, Penn State
Vince Browne, Northwestern
FR, DE, Lisbon, Ohio/David Anderson
Browne led a record-setting defensive effort with seven tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble as Northwestern held Ohio to a school-record four rushing yards in a 16-8 triumph. The freshman defensive end pushed the Bobcats’ offense back 25 yards with his four tackles for loss, including 21 yards with three sacks, and also added a quarterback hurry and blocked a field goal. The Wildcats’ defense held back-to-back opponents to single-digit points for the first time in 13 years. Browne picks up his first career weekly accolade and the first defensive honor for NU since 2005.
LAST NU DEFENSIVE POW: S Herschel Henderson on Oct. 24, 2005
SO, LB, District Heights, Md./Suitland
In his first start, Bowman recorded career highs with 11 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks while adding a forced fumble and his first interception during a 45-3 win over Temple. The sophomore linebacker pushed the opposing offense back 17 yards with his tackles for loss, including 13 yards with three sacks, and returned the pick 29 yards inside the Owls’ 20-yard line. Bowman spearheaded a PSU defense that held Temple to 16 rushing yards, 138 total yards and 10 first downs while racking up a season-high seven sacks. Bowman earns his first career weekly laurel.LAST PSU DEFENSIVE POW: LB Dan Connor on Nov. 12, 2007
Amado Villarreal, Northwestern
SR, PK, Englewood, Colo./Englewood
Villarreal remained perfect on the season with three more field goals, connecting on kicks of 33, 46 and 23 yards and an extra point to contribute 10 points during a 16-8 victory over Ohio. The senior kicker has now hit all eight of his field goal attempts this season. He picks up his first career weekly accolade and the second for NU’s special teams this season.
LAST NU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Stefan Demos on Sept. 1, 2008