Illinois Sweeps Football Offensive and Defensive Accolades

Illinois linebacker Brit Miller collected nine tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in a victory at Michigan.

Illinois linebacker Brit Miller collected nine tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in a victory at Michigan.

Oct. 6, 2008

OFFENSE:
Juice Williams, Illinois
JR, QB, Chicago, Ill./Chicago Vocational
Williams racked up 431 yards of total offense to set a new Michigan Stadium record and lead Illinois to a 45-20 victory over Michigan. The junior quarterback completed 13-of-26 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, while registering 121 yards on 19 carries with two more scores. He surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the second time this season, after racking up a career-high 461 yards in the season opener against Missouri. Both performances rank among the top-10 single-game efforts in school history. Williams led his offense to 45 points, the most ever for the Illini against the Wolverines and the most allowed by Michigan since 1991. This is the third career weekly accolade for Williams after being honored on Sept. 1, 2008, and Nov. 12, 2007.
LAST ILL OFFENSIVE POW: QB Juice Williams on Sept. 1, 2008.

DEFENSE:
Brit Miller, Illinois
SR, LB, Decatur, Ill./Eisenhower
Miller filled up the stat sheet with nine defensive stops, four tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass breakups to lead Illinois to its first win at Michigan since 1999. The senior linebacker set career highs in both tackles for loss and sacks, pushing the Wolverines’ offense back a combined 26 yards. After the hosts compiled 143 total yards and 48 rushing yards to build a 14-3  first quarter lead, Miller and the Illini defense held Michigan to only 21 more yards on the ground, 176 total yards and six more points over the final three quarters. Miller collects his first career weekly laurel.
LAST ILL DEFENSIVE POW: DE Will Davis on Sept. 24, 2007.


 

 

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS:
Brett Swenson, Michigan State
JR, K, Pompano Beach, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
Swenson was perfect on three field goal attempts and an extra point in a narrow 16-13 victory over Iowa. The junior kicker connected on boots of 29 and 32 yards in the second quarter and added a 25-yarder in the third period to give the Spartans a 16-3 advantage. Since missing his first field goal attempt of the season, Swenson has made his last 12 field goals, just one short of tying the school record of 13 consecutive field goals set by Paul Edinger in 1998. Swenson picks up his first career weekly honor.
LAST MSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: KR Demond Williams on Oct. 31, 2005.

Joel Monroe, Minnesota
SR, K, Brooklyn Park, Minn./Robbinsdale-Cooper
Monroe’s three field goals were the difference in a 16-7 triumph over Indiana. After missing his first attempt due to a bad snap and hold, the senior kicker connected on a career-high three field goals to provide all of the second-half scoring. With the score knotted at 7-7, Monroe hit field goals of 29 and 42 yards in the third quarter, the latter marking a season long. He sealed the victory with a 38-yarder with less than a minute left in the game. Monroe  collects the first weekly accolade of his career.
LAST MINN SPECIAL TEAMS POW: K Jason Giannini on Oct. 10, 2005.

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