Four Schools Earn Big Ten Football Player of the Week Accolades

Ohio State's John Simon recorded four sacks in Ohio State's win over Wisconsin on Saturday.

Ohio State's John Simon recorded four sacks in Ohio State's win over Wisconsin on Saturday.

Nov. 19, 2012

Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Devin Gardner, Michigan
Jr., QB, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
• Became only the sixth player in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2000 to throw for 300 yards, pass for three touchdowns and rush for three scores in Michigan's 42-17 victory over Iowa on Saturday
• Was 18-for-23 with 314 yards passing and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 37 yards and three more scores in the victory
• Is the first Michigan player to account for six touchdowns since Steve Smith also had three passing and three rushing scores in 1983
• Wins his second Big Ten Player of the Week honor in as many weeks
• Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Devin Gardner (Nov. 12, 2012)

Matt McGloin, Penn State
Sr., QB, Scranton, Pa./West Scranton
• Finished just four yards shy of the PSU passing yards record, totaling a career-best 395 yards and tying a career high with four touchdowns in a 45-22 win over Indiana
• Completed 22 of 32 passing attempts, a 68.8 completion percentage, with all four of his touchdown tosses coming in the first half
• Became the program's single-season leader with 251 completions and 3,071 passing yards and is now the career leader with 45 touchdown passes
• Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and first this season
• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Matt McGloin (Sept. 26, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
John Simon, Ohio State
Sr., DL, Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney
• Totaled six tackles, including a program-record four sacks, in a 21-14 overtime victory against Wisconsin on Saturday
• The four sacks is the most by a Big Ten player since Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan had four on Nov. 13, 2010 against Michigan
• Ranks as the conference leader with nine sacks and is tied with teammate Ryan Shazier with 14.5 tackles for loss this season
• Wins his second career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award and first this season
• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Nov. 5, 2012)


 

 

Special Teams Player of the Week
Corey Brown, Ohio State
Jr., PR, Upper Darby, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara
• Scored the first touchdown of the game against Wisconsin, returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown to give OSU a 7-0 first-quarter lead
• Averaged 23 yards per punt return on three attempts in a 21-14 overtime win over the Badgers
• Wins his second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Corey Brown (Oct. 8, 2012)

Co-Freshman of the Week
James Ross III, Michigan
LB, Orchard Lake, Mich./Saint Mary's Prep
• Led the Wolverine defense with a career-high 12 tackles in their 42-17 victory over Iowa on Saturday
• Was part of a Michigan defense that held Iowa to 309 yards of offense, below its season average
• Claims his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Devin Funchess (Sept. 10, 2012)

Dan Vitale, Northwestern
SB, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South
• Finished with a Northwestern season-best nine receptions for a career-best 110 yards in the Wildcats' 23-20 road win against Michigan State
• Becomes the second Wildcat receiver to go over 100 yards receiving in a game this season
• Claims his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Nick VanHoose (Oct. 15, 2012)