Four Schools Earn Weekly Football Honors

Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan earned defensive honors with 11 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss against Illinois.

Oct. 15, 2012

Offensive Player of the Week
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Sr., RB, Wentzville, Mo./Timberland
• Became the Big Ten's all-time leader in touchdowns and points after finding the end zone three times against Purdue on Saturday
• Has 72 touchdowns and 434 points in his career, passing the previous marks of 71 and 426 set by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne
• Rushed for a career-high 247 yards, the third 200-yard effort of his career, on 29 carries, including a career-best 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter
• Wins the fifth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career and first this season
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Nov. 28, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
Jake Ryan, Michigan
So., LB, Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius
• Matched a career high with a game-best 11 tackles in helping Michigan shut out Illinois on Saturday
• Also posted 3.5 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble on his solo sack in the third quarter to set up a Michigan score
• Part of a Michigan defense that allowed just 134 yards, including 29 through the air, and seven first downs
• Wins the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career
• Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week:  Ryan Van Bergen (Nov. 14, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Mike Meyer, Iowa
Jr., PK, Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert
• Was a perfect four-for-four in field goal attempts against Michigan State, helping the Hawkeyes to a double-overtime victory on Saturday
• Converted on attempts from 23, 27, 28 and 42 yards, the latter coming in the second overtime to give Iowa the win
• Has made 13 straight field goal attempts and ranks second in the nation in field goals made per game (2.33)
• Wins his third Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award and second this season
• Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Sept. 3, 2012)



Freshman of the Week
Nick VanHoose, Northwestern
CB, Urbana, Ohio/Graham
• Broke up three passes in the game, all of which came in the end zone, including one on third-and-goal in the fourth quarter against Minnesota
• Also added three tackles to help Northwestern become bowl eligible with a win over the Gophers
• Was part of the Wildcat defense that held Minnesota to just 169 yards passing on Saturday
• Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Venric Mark (Nov. 29, 2010)