Four Big Ten Schools Earn Weekly Football Laurels

Michigan's Denard Robinson accounted for four touchdowns in a victory over Nebraska.

Nov. 21, 2011

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Jr., RB, Wentzvile, Mo./Timberland
• Rushed for two scores and added another on the receiving end to bring his season total to a Big Ten record 30 touchdowns, becoming just the fifth player in FBS history to score 30 or more touchdowns in a season
• Recorded career highs in rushes (38) and yards (224) in Wisconsin’s come-from-behind win over Illinois on Saturday
• Produced most of his yards in the second half, rushing for 164 yards on 26 carries after halftime, surpassing the 100-yard mark for the seventh time this season
• Claims his third weekly honor of the season and of his career
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Russell Wilson (Nov. 14, 2011)

Denard Robinson, Michigan
Jr., QB, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
• Accounted for four touchdowns and more than 260 yards of total offense in Michigan’s win over nationally ranked Nebraska on Saturday
• Threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns, moving him into a seventh-place tie in school history with former quarterback Tom Brady with 35 career touchdowns passes
• Also rushed for 83 yards and two scores, giving him 33 career rushing touchdowns to move into sixth place in program history
• Claims his third weekly award of the season and his sixth career weekly honor, the third-highest total in Big Ten history
• Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Denard Robinson (Sept. 26, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
So., LB, Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter
• Recorded a career-high 16 tackles, adding 1.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in Wisconsin’s victory over Illinois
• His second forced fumble gave Wisconsin a short field, allowing the Badgers to score on their ensuing possession to cut the Illinois lead to 17-14
• Was part of a Badger defense that held Illinois scoreless in the second half and forced four turnovers in the game
• Claims his second weekly honor of the season and the third of his career
• Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week:  Chris Borland (Nov. 7, 2011)



Special Teams Player of the Week
Anthony Fera, Penn State
So., P/PK, Cypress, Texas/St. Pius X
• Converted on all four kicking attempts, including two field goals, and had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line in Penn State’s 20-14 win
• Broke his career-long field goal twice in the game, first converting a 43-yarder in the first quarter, then a 46-yarder on the final play of the first half
• Had punts downed at the three-yard line in the third quarter and the 13-yard line in the fourth quarter
• Claims his third Big Ten weekly honor of the season and for his career
• Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Anthony Fera (Oct. 17, 2011)

Freshman of the Week
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB, Plantation, Fla./Plantation
• Recorded a team-high 15 tackles in his first career start for Ohio State
• Helped deny Penn State on four goal-line attempts from inside the two-yard line, keeping Ohio State within one score late in the third quarter
• Claims his first Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Braxton Miller (Oct. 31, 2011)