MSU's Poole Becomes Second O-Lineman in Big Ten History to Win Weekly Award

Michigan State's Sean Poole and head coach John L. Smith celebrate the Spartans' win over previously unbeaten Wisconsin

Michigan State's Sean Poole and head coach John L. Smith celebrate the Spartans' win over previously unbeaten Wisconsin

Nov. 15, 2004

OFFENSE:
Sean Poole, Michigan State 
SR, OT, Flint, Mich./Flint Central
Poole becomes just the second offensive lineman in Big Ten history to earn Player of the Week accolades, as he anchored an MSU line that produced 49 points against Wisconsin, which entered the game ranked first nationally allowing only 9.1 points per game. The offensive tackle graded out at a season-best 98 percent, including four pancake blocks, while being matched against Lombardi Award finalist Erasmus James, who was limited to only three tackles. Poole helped lead Michigan State to 430 rushing yards in the game, as Wisconsin entered the day ranked sixth in the country allowing only 87.3 yards per contest. Two MSU backs broke the 100-yard mark, as the 430 yards marked the best single-game rushing total in the Big Ten and the sixth-highest effort in the NCAA this season. The only other Big Ten offensive lineman to earn weekly Conference laurels was Ohio State tackle Korey Stringer on November 21, 1994.
 
DEFENSE:
Paul Posluszny, Penn State 
SO, LB, Alquippa, Pa./Hopewell

Posluszny collected a career-high 13 tackles and two tackles for loss, including a sack, while adding a pass breakup at Indiana. The sophomore linebacker was credited with two tackles in the Hoosiers' final four offensive plays of the game, as he recorded a tackle for loss on second-and-goal from the one and stopped Indiana's Chris Taylor at the one-yard line on fourth down with less than a minute left to preserve the 22-18 victory. This is his first weekly honor.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS:
Kyle Schlicher, Iowa 
SO, K, Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny

Schlicher set school records with 17 kicking points and five field goals, as he connected on each of his attempts from 36, 22, 20, 38 and 49 yards away in a two-point win at Minnesota. His total of five field goals is tied for the second-highest single-game effort in League history.

Steve Breaston, MICH 
SO, WR, North Braddock, Pa./Woodland Hills

Breaston accounted for 272 all-purpose yards against NU and tallied two touchdowns in 35 seconds, as he followed up a 10-yard scoring reception by breaking loose for a 67-yard punt return touchdown. The 2003 Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year returned three kickoffs for 79 yards and four punts for 112 yards, equaling the Michigan career record with 904 punt return yards.


 

 

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