Nov. 5, 2007
Chad Henne, Michigan
SR, QB, Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson
Henne equaled a school record with four touchdown passes, including two scoring strikes in the fourth quarter to rally the Wolverines from a 10-point deficit for a victory at Michigan State. After missing the previous game with a shoulder injury, the senior quarterback completed 18 of 33 passes for 211 yards and recorded four touchdown passes for the third time in his career. He tossed a pair of touchdowns to stake the visitors to a 14-3 halftime lead before the Spartans reeled off three straight scores to claim a 24-14 advantage with less than eight minutes left in the game. On the ensuing possession, Henne capped a 79-yard, 48-second drive with a 14-yard scoring strike to Greg Matthews to narrow the deficit to 24-21. After a three-and-out by the hosts, Michigan's offense took over at its own 35-yard line with 4:28 on the clock. Henne converted three third down plays on the game-winning drive, including hitting Mario Manningham for a 31-yard touchdown on third-and-12 for the 28-24 victory. Henne picks up the first weekly accolade of his career.
LAST MICHIGAN OFFENSIVE POW: WR Mario Manningham on Sept. 25, 2006
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
JR, LB, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata
Laurinaitis racked up a career-best 19 tackles, including a key stop on a fourth-quarter fake punt attempt, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Wisconsin. The junior linebacker added a fumble recovery and two tackles for loss, including a seven-yard sack, as the Buckeyes registered a season-high 10 quarterback drops in the game. With Ohio State holding a 24-17 lead in the final stanza, the Badgers attempted a fake punt on fourth-and-three only to see Laurinaitis break through to record a tackle for loss. Four plays later, the Buckeyes added another score to boost the lead to two touchdowns. Wisconsin was held to 12 rushing yards after entering the game averaging more than 200 yards on the ground per contest. Laurinaitis earns his second weekly award this season and the third of his career after being honored on Sept. 17, 2007, and Sept. 11, 2006.
LAST OHIO STATE DEFENSIVE POW: CB Chimdi Chekwa on Oct. 8, 2007
Sean Lee, Penn State
JR, LB, Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Lee collected a game-high 12 tackles, a pass breakup, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to spearhead a Penn State defense which limited the Purdue offense to only four field goals in a 26-19 triumph. The junior linebacker made a game-changing play late in the first quarter when the Boilermakers, who already led 10-3, drove to the one-yard line. On third-and-goal, Lee stripped the ball from the running back and recovered the fumble to halt the potential scoring drive. The Nittany Lions went on to score 10 unanswered points to take a 13-10 halftime lead on the way to the victory. The Pennsylvania native picks up weekly accolades for the second time this season and in his career after being honored on Sept. 3, 2007.
LAST PENN STATE DEFENSIVE POW: DE Maurice Evans on Oct. 22, 2007
Jason Reda, Illinois
SR, K, Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island
Reda was a perfect three-for-three on field goals, including his third 50-yarder this season, and added five extra points in Illinois' road triumph over Minnesota. The senior kicker connected on boots of 51, 47 and 37 yards on the night and has now connected on 13 of 14 field goals on the season. The 51-yarder was the second-longest kick of his career and marked his seventh field goal over 45 yards this year. Reda collects the second weekly laurel of his career after also being honored on Oct. 2, 2006.
LAST ILLINOIS SPECIAL TEAMS POW: KR Arrelious Benn on Oct. 1, 2007