Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State Earn Weekly Football Honors

Penn State's Bill Belton rushed for a career-best 201 yards against Illinois.

Penn State's Bill Belton rushed for a career-best 201 yards against Illinois.

Nov. 4, 2013

Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Philip Nelson, Minnesota
So., QB, Mankato, Minn./West
• Combined for 309 total yards, threw four touchdown strikes and completed 70 percent of his passes in Minnesota’s 42-39 victory over Indiana
• Notched career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns, becoming the first Gopher quarterback since 2009 to throw four touchdowns in a single game
• Connected with Maxx Williams on a 50-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play for the eventual game-winning score after returning following an in-game injury
• Records the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career after winning Freshman of the Week accolades on Oct. 29, 2012
• Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Adam Weber (Nov. 1, 2009)

Bill Belton, Penn State
Jr., RB, Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township
• Recorded a career-high 201 rushing yards and scored a touchdown in Penn State’s overtime win against Illinois
• Posted Penn State’s first 200-yard rushing game since former standout Larry Johnson ran for 279 yards in 2002 and is the second Big Ten player to reach the milestone this season
• Scored the first points of the game on a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, marking his fourth rushing score of the season
• Wins his first career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week laurel
• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matt McGloin (Nov. 19, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Sr., LB, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton
• Matched or recorded season highs with nine tackles, three stops for loss and two sacks in Michigan State’s win over Michigan
• Helped the Spartan defense hold Michigan to minus-48 yards rushing, the third-fewest in Spartan history and the fewest in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season
• Becomes the fourth different Michigan State defender to earn conference laurels this season, joining Max Bullough, Shilique Calhoun and Darqueze Dennard
• Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor after winning Special Teams honors as a freshman in 2010
• Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Max Bullough (Oct. 21, 2013)


 

 

Special Teams Player of the Week
Peter Mortell, Minnesota
So., P, Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy
• Averaged 43 yards per punt, placing two inside the 20-yard line, to help Minnesota to a three-point win over Indiana
• Totaled 215 yards on five punts, including a long of 52 yards
• Pinned Indiana inside its own 20-yard line on both of his third-quarter punts
• Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Chris Hawthorne (Oct. 28, 2013)

Freshman of the Week
Jordan Westerkamp, Nebraska
WR, Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic
• Was on the receiving end of Nebraska’s game-winning touchdown pass as time expired, giving the Huskers a 27-24 victory over Northwestern
• Finished the game with four catches for 104 yards, both career highs, including the 49-yarder to clinch the victory
• Recorded his first career touchdown grab
• Wins his first career weekly award
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: David Santos (Oct. 29, 2012)