Four Big Ten Schools Collect Weekly Football Honors

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Wisconsin.

Oct. 31, 2011

Offensive Player of the Week
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
Sr., TE, Lenexa, Kan./Saint Thomas Aquinas
• Caught a Northwestern single-game record four touchdown passes in the Wildcats’ win over Indiana
• Scored on receptions of six, nine, 10 and 22 yards, the most touchdown receptions in a single game in the Big Ten this season
• Finished the game with seven catches for 112 yards, setting the program career record for receiving yards by a tight end
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Northwestern Offensive Player of the Week: Dan Persa (Nov. 15, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Jr., LB, Paulsboro, N.J./Paulsboro
• Recorded a career-high 19 tackles in Penn State’s win over Illinois on Saturday, a week after posting a then personal-best 14 stops
• Also finished with one sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble against the Illini
• Helped the Nittany Lion defense hold Illinois to seven points, the sixth time it has held an opposing offense to 10 points or less this season
• Claims his second straight and second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Gerald Hodges (Oct. 24, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Wettstein, Minnesota
Jr., K, De Pere, Wis./De Pere
• Converted a successful onside kick attempt with Minnesota down 21-16 in the fourth quarter, setting up the Gophers’ game-winning scoring drive
• Made his first career kicking attempts, one extra point and a field goal from 28 yards, in Minnesota’s 22-21 victory in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale
• Claims his first career Big Ten weekly honor
• Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Duane Bennett (Sept. 19, 2011)



Freshman of the Week
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
QB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne
• Rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, the game-winning 40-yard strike to Devin Smith with just 20 seconds remaining, in Ohio State’s 33-29 win over Wisconsin.
• Finished with nearly 200 yards of total offense, a career-high 99 yards coming on the ground and 89 yards through the air on seven completions
• Scored on touchdown runs of one and 44 yards
• Claims his first career weekly honor
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: N/A