Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State Earn Weekly Football Laurels

Iowa linebacker James Morris earned weekly honors after collecting two sacks and recovering a fumble against Northwestern.

Oct. 28, 2013

Offensive Player of the Week
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Jr., QB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
• Had a hand in five Ohio State touchdowns, including three passing and two rushing, in the Buckeyes’ victory over Penn State
• Finished with 320 yards of total offense, completing 18 of 24 passes for a career-high 252 yards, and rushing for 68 yards on 11 carries in less than three quarters
• Has been a part of 61 Ohio State touchdowns in his career, tied for third in program history
• Records his third career weekly honor and second this season
• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Carlos Hyde (Oct. 7, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week
James Morris, Iowa
Sr., LB, Solon, Iowa/Solon
• Recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and two sacks, and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s overtime victory over Northwestern
• Recovered a Wildcat fumble late in the second quarter, thwarting the drive and preserving Iowa’s 10-point lead
• Became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to record three interceptions, three sacks and 50 tackles this season
• Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: James Morris (Sept. 30, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Chris Hawthorne, Minnesota
Sr., K, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road
• Converted on both field goal attempts and four extra points to help Minnesota defeat nationally ranked Nebraska
• Connected on a 26-yarder in the second quarter to give the Gophers a 17-10 lead
• Made a 45-yard try in the third quarter, giving Minnesota a 27-13 advantage
• Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Marcus Jones (Sept. 9, 2013)



Freshman of the Week
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
RB, DeSoto, Texas/Desoto
• Finished with 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s victory over Penn State
• Recorded a career-long 49 yard kickoff return in the second quarter, leading to the Buckeyes’ fifth touchdown
• Was on the receiving end of a 26-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller in the third quarter
• Wins his first career weekly award
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Joey Bosa (Oct. 7, 2013)