Nov. 1, 2004
Braylon Edwards, Michigan
SR, WR, Detroit, Mich./Bishop Gallagher
Edwards carried the Wolverines to victory against Michigan State, catching two touchdowns passes in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime and tallying the winning score in the third overtime as Michigan remained unbeaten atop the Big Ten standings. The senior wideout led the Wolverines with 11 receptions for a career-best 189 yards and three touchdowns while adding a career-long 22-yard run. He hauled in four passes for 110 yards in the fourth quarter alone, scoring on receptions of 36 and 21 yards before sprinting 24 yards for the game-winner. Edwards also set the school's career receiving yardage record with 3,207 stripes (fifth in Big Ten annals), passing Anthony Carter's total of 3,076 yards from 1979-82, while adding to his school record for career receptions (224, 4th in Big Ten history). He also climbed to second in the League record books with 35 touchdown receptions, just two behind Carter's standard of 37 scores. This marks Edwards' first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
Tim McGarigle, Northwestern
JR, LB, Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick
McGarigle was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Northwestern defense with a career-high 21 tackles (eight solo stops) and a pass break-up. The Wildcats' defense held Purdue's offense to a season-low 210 passing yards and 10 points, including a shutout for the final three quarters, in a narrow three-point victory. McGarigle, who entered the weekend leading the nation in solo tackles per game and ranking ninth in total tackles per outing, is currently tied with Ohio State's A.J. Hawk for the Big Ten lead with 12.6 defensive stops per contest. This is McGarigle's first weekly laurel.
Jeremy Kapinos, Penn State
SO, P, Springfield, Va./West Springfield
Kapinos averaged an impressive 50.5 yards per punt at Ohio State, including a career-long 78-yard boot which marked the second-longest punt in Penn State history. The sophomore punted six times for 303 yards while placing two kicks inside the 20-yard line, as his 50.5 yard average was the fifth-best effort in school annals. This is the first weekly honor of his career.