Four Big Ten Schools Garner Weekly Football Laurels

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set a career high with three rushing touchdowns against Purdue.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon set a career high with three rushing touchdowns against Purdue.

Sept. 23, 2013

Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Kenny Guiton, Ohio State
Sr., QB, Houston, Texas/Eisenhower
• Threw six touchdowns, an Ohio State record and the second-most in Big Ten single-game history, in Ohio State’s victory over Florida A&M
• Completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards while playing the first half only in his second career start
• Connected with five different receivers on his six touchdown throws, including his second to Evan Spencer with 13 seconds left in the first half to set the program record
• Records his second career weekly honor and second in as many weeks
• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Kenny Guiton (Sept. 16, 2013)

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
So., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford
• Finished with 147 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on just 16 carries, an average of 9.2 yards per carry, in Wisconsin’s victory over Purdue
• Scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter, a 27-yard sprint in the third and a 15-yarder in the third
• Rushed for 140 yards or more in his fourth straight contest and leads the nation with 624 yards and 156.0 yards per game
• Records his first career weekly honor
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Nov. 12, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
B.J. Lowery, Iowa
Sr., DB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Hughes
• Set a school record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and added four tackles in Iowa’s win over Western Michigan
• With under a minute left in the second quarter, returned a pass 35 yards to the end zone, before returning his second pick 13 yards for a score with 12:22 to go in the third
• Became the second Big Ten player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game this season, following Northwestern’s Collin Ellis in Week 1
• Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Tom Nardo (Sept. 26, 2011)


 

 

Special Teams Player of the Week
Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa
Jr., WR, Pontiac, Mich./Brother Rice
• Became just the third player in Big Ten history to record two punt return touchdowns in a game in Iowa’s victory over Western Michigan
• On consecutive attempts in the second quarter, returned a punt 83 yards for a score then a second 63 yards for a score
• His 184 punt return yards are second most in a single game in Big Ten history, behind former Hawkeye Nile Kinnick’s 201 yards in 1939
• Wins his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Oct. 15, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Mitch Leidner, Minnesota
QB, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South
• In his first career start, combined for 222 yards of total offense and four rushing scores in Minnesota’s win over San Jose State
• Rushed for 151 yards on 24 carries and tied the Minnesota record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single game
• Wins his first career Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Philip Nelson (Oct. 29, 2012)