Nov. 28, 2005
John Stocco, Wisconsin
JR, QB, Richfield, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels
Stocco completed 12-of-16 passes (75.0 pct.) for 191 yards and two touchdowns and added 26 yards on the ground with another score to lead the Badgers to a road victory at Hawaii in the final regular season game for head coach Barry Alvarez. The junior quarterback produced his eighth straight game with a passing touchdown to equal the school single-season record with 19 scoring tosses, while also boosting his school-record yardage total to 2,619 yards through the air. Wisconsin increased its season scoring output to 422 points, shattering the previous school-best of 409 points tallied in 1999. Stocco picks up the second Big Ten Player of the Week laurel of his career after also being honored on Nov. 6, 2004.
Dontez Sanders, Wisconsin
SR, LB, Bedford, Ohio/Chanel
Sanders registered three tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, and recorded an interception and a pass break-up while anchoring a Badgers defense that held Hawaii below its season scoring average in a road triumph. The senior linebacker, who leads Wisconsin with 89 tackles on the year, posted four defensive stops in the game, including three solo tackles. The Badgers held the Warriors to only 43 yards on the ground and limited the hosts to 5-of-14 on third-down conversions. This is the first weekly accolade for Sanders.
Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin
SO, K, Aberdeen, S.D./Central
Mehlhaff was perfect in the kicking game at Hawaii, connecting on a pair of 24-yard field goals and all five extra points while also producing four touchbacks on eight kickoffs. The sophomore kicker ended the regular season with 13 field goals and 53 PATs. This is his first weekly honor.