Four Big Ten Schools Garner Weekly Football Laurels

Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges earned his third career weekly honor with 11 tackles against Northwestern.

Oct. 8, 2012

Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Sr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
• Became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback after rushing for 235 yards, second-most in single-game history by a Big Ten quarterback, against Purdue on Saturday
• Has 3,905 career rushing yards, which ranks fourth in NCAA history among quarterbacks
• Also passed for 105 yards against Purdue, totaling 340 yards of offense to move into the top 10 in total offense in Big Ten history
• Wins his ninth career Offensive Player of the Week honor, tied for the most in conference history with former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne
• Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Sept. 10, 2012)
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Jr., RB, Naples, Fla./Naples
• Rushed for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries in Ohio State’s win over nationally ranked Nebraska on Saturday night
• Became the first Buckeye since Eddie George in 1995 to score four touchdowns in a game
• Scored on touchdown runs from one, one, seven and 16 yards to help the Buckeye offense to 63 points, tied for the second-most points by a Big Ten team this season
• Wins the first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Sept. 17, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Sr., LB, Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro
• Finished with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in Penn State’s victory over Northwestern on Saturday
• Part of a Penn State defense that held Northwestern to season lows in total yards (247), first downs (14) and rushing yards (112)
• Recorded two pass breakups and a forced fumble, which came with less than one minute left in the contest to seal the Nittany Lion victory
• Wins the third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week:  Michael Mauti (Oct. 1, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Corey Brown, Ohio State
Jr., PR, Upper Darby, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara
• Returned a third-quarter punt 76 yards for a touchdown against nationally ranked Nebraska on Saturday night
• Accounted for 112 all-purpose yards by adding three catches and one rush
• Wins his first Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Devin Barclay (Sept. 13, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State
WR, Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison
• Recorded eight catches for 134 yards against Indiana, both career highs and the most by any Michigan State receiver this season
• Became the first true freshman in Spartan history to record a 100-yard receiving game
• Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Mike Sadler (Nov. 14, 2011)