Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Football Honors

Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson earned his second weekly laurel this season after leading the Badgers past Nebraska.

Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson earned his second weekly laurel this season after leading the Badgers past Nebraska.

Oct. 3, 2011

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Sr., WR, Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker
• Finished with 12 catches and a career-high 268 yards and three touchdowns in Illinois' 38-35 win over Northwestern
• Set a new school record in receiving yards, breaking the old mark of 208
• The 268 yards rank as the third-most receiving yards in a Big Ten game and the fourth-best mark in all games in Big Ten history
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure (Dec. 6, 2010)

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Sr., QB, Richmond, Va./Collegiate
• Accounted for three touchdowns in Wisconsin's win over top-10 opponent Nebraska
• Completed 14 of 20 passes (70 percent) for 255 yards and two touchdowns, also recording six rushes for 32 yards and a score
• Has thrown a touchdown pass in 29 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation, and has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of his five starts at Wisconsin
• Claims his second weekly Big Ten award, last winning on Sept. 5
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Russell Wilson (Sept. 5, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
Jr., LB, Ashwaubenon, Wis./Ashwaubenon
• Finished with a career-high 14 tackles and added a tackle for loss in helping Wisconsin defeat visiting Nebraska on Saturday
• Intercepted a pass in the second quarter, allowing Wisconsin to score on the ensuing possession to take a lead it would not relinquish
• Helped limit the Nebraska offense, which had entered the game averaging 42.8 points per game, to 17 points
• Claims his second conference defensive honor of the season and of his career
• Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Taylor (Sept. 12, 2011)


 

 

Special Teams Player of the Week
Anthony Fera, Penn State
So., P/PK, Cypress, Texas/St. Pius X
• Converted on a career-high three field goals in Penn State's 16-10 win over Indiana
• Successful on attempts from 22, 27 and 33 yards
• Finished with 273 yards on seven punts, an average of 39.0 yards per punt, with three inside the 20-yard line
• Claims his first career weekly honor
• Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Chaz Powell (Sept. 5, 2011)

Freshman of the Week
Marcus Rush, Michigan State
DE, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
• Recorded four tackles, including a tackle for loss in Michigan State's win over Ohio State
• Notched his first career sack as the Spartans ended a seven-game losing streak to the Buckeyes
• Part of an MSU defense that held OSU scoreless until 10 seconds remained, produced 13 tackles for loss, nine sacks and limited the Buckeyes to 35 rushing yards
• Claims his first career weekly honor
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Le'Veon Bell (Sept. 20, 2010)

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