Five Schools Take Home Big Ten Football Weekly Honors

Michigan's Devin Gardner was named Big Ten Offensive Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

Nov. 12, 2012

Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Devin Gardner, Michigan
Jr., QB, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
• Accounted for four touchdowns, two through the air and two on the ground, to help Michigan to a 38-31 overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday
• Threw for 286 yards on 16 completions, including a 53-yarder with under 10 seconds in regulation to set up a game-tying field goal
• Threw touchdown passes of eight and 28 yards, and scored on runs of one and eight yards, with the former serving as the game-winner in overtime
• Wins his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Oct. 8, 2012)

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Sr., RB, Wentzville, Mo./Timberland
• Rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana on Saturday, moving into second place on the NCAA all-time touchdown list with 77
• Moved his career rushing touchdown total to 71, which is tied with former Badger Ron Dayne for the most in Big Ten history
• Part of a Wisconsin running attack that amassed 564 rushing yards against the Hoosiers, which ranks as the sixth-most in a single game in Big Ten history
• Wins the sixth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career, which is tied for fourth in conference history, and his second this season
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Oct. 15, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Kawann Short, Purdue
Sr., DT, East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central
• Posted six tackles, including a career-best four tackles for loss, as Purdue defeated Iowa 27-24 on the road on Saturday
• Finished with five solo tackles, including a third-quarter sack for a 10-yard loss to help Purdue win in Iowa City for the first time since 1992
• Part of a Purdue defense that held Iowa to just 74 yards rushing after entering the game averaging more than 125 yards per contest
• Takes home his third career Defensive Player of the Week laurel and first this season
• Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Kawann Short (Nov. 14, 2011)



Special Teams Player of the Week
Brett Maher, Nebraska
Sr., P/K, Kearney, Neb./Kearney
• Accounted for 12 points and averaged 41 yards per punt in Nebraska’s 32-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday
• Was a perfect three-for-three on field goal tries, converting from 27, 32 and 33 yards, his fourth game with three or more field goals this season
• Had 205 punting yards, including 69-yarder in the fourth quarter, pinning the Nittany Lions on their own two-yard line to set up a Nebraska safety
• Wins his sixth Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award, the most in Big Ten history, and third this season
• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Brett Maher (Oct. 29, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Mason Monheim, Illinois
LB, Orrville, Ohio/Orrville
• Totaled a career- and game-high 15 tackles against Minnesota on Saturday
• Finished with 1.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack, and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in tackles per game during Big Ten play
• Wins his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Mason Monheim (Oct. 1, 2012)