Five Big Ten Schools Earn Weekly Football Honors

Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges posted a career-high 14 tackles against Northwestern.

Oct. 24, 2011

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Sr., WR, St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood Central
• Set the Iowa career record for touchdown receptions as part of a three-touchdown performance against Indiana on Saturday
• Scored on touchdown receptions of 80, 28 and 24 yards, bringing his career total to 24, passing the school record of 21 set by former Hawkeyes Tim Dwight (1994-97)and Danan Hughes (1989-92)
• Finished the game with six receptions for a career-high 184 yards
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: James Vandenberg (Sept. 19, 2011)

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
Sr., QB, Holland, Mich./Holland Christian
• Threw three touchdown passes, highlighted by the game-winning touchdown toss to Keith Nichol as time expired, in Michigan State’s win over Wisconsin
• Completed 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards, his 20th career 200-yard passing game, as the Spartans rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit
• Won his 22nd game as Michigan State’s quarterback, becoming the program’s all-time wins leader
• Claims his second career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Kirk Cousins (Oct. 25, 2010)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Jr., LB, Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro
• Recorded a career-high 14 tackles in Penn State’s win over Northwestern on Saturday
• Posted 1.5 sacks as a part of the seven-sack effort by the Nittany Lion defense
• Had a 63-yard interception return, which set up a Penn State touchdown to complete the scoring at 34-24
• Claims the first conference honor of his career
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Mauti (Nov. 8, 2010)

Kawann Short, Purdue
Jr., DT, East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central
• Recorded career-bests with 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in Purdue’s 21-14 victory over Illinois on Saturday
• Finished with six total tackles as the Purdue defense held Illinois to nearly 17 points and 90 rushing yards below its season average
• Earns his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, having previously earned Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 11, 2010
• Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Kerrigan (Nov. 15, 2010)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Kyler Elsworth, Michigan State
So., LB, Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich
• Blocked a punt in the final minute of the first half, which Michigan State recovered in the end zone to give the Spartans a 23-14 halftime edge
• Marked Michigan State’s first blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown since 2006
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Denicos Allen (Nov. 22, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Tre Roberson, Indiana
QB, Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central
• Became the first true freshman in Hoosier history to start at quarterback
• Accounted for nearly 300 yards of total offense, completing 16 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries
• Claims his first career weekly honor
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Shane Wynn (Oct. 10, 2011)