Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska Claim Weekly Football Laurels

Cornerback Tavon Wilson helped Illinois stay undefeated with 11 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown at Indiana.

Oct. 10, 2011

Offensive Player of the Week
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
So., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
• Helped Nebraska rally from a 21-point deficit, the biggest comeback in school history, to defeat Ohio State in the Huskers’ first Big Ten home contest
• Accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense in the game and three second-half touchdowns
• Completed 16 of 22 passes (73 percent) for 191 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 102 yards and a touchdown
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: N/A

Defensive Player of the Week
Tavon Wilson, Illinois
Sr., CB, Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson
• Returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown, giving Illinois a lead it would not relinquish in its win over Indiana
• Recorded a team-high 11 tackles and a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss, including a sack, to help the Illini win their sixth straight game to start the season
• Helped hold the Hoosier offense to 13 points and 83 yards rushing
• Claims the first conference honor of his career
• Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Brown (Sept. 19, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Brett Maher, Nebraska
Jr., K/P, Kearney, Neb./Kearney
• Converted on all six kicking attempts, four extra points and two field goals
• Successful on field goal attempts from 50 and 34 yards, both coming in the first half
• Finished with 177 yards on four punts, an average of 44.2 yards per punt, with two inside the 20-yard line and a long of 53
• Claims his second career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Ameer Adbullah (Sept. 12, 2011)



Freshman of the Week
Shane Wynn, Indiana
KR, Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
• Returned the opening kickoff 99 yards, becoming the first Indiana freshman to return a kick for a touchdown
• It is Indiana’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2009 and is the second-longest return in school history
• Finished with 148 yards on four returns, an average of 37 yards
• Claims his first career weekly honor
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: D’Angelo Roberts (Sept. 19, 2011)