Four Big Ten Schools Earn Final Weekly Football Honors of Season

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg earned his fifth Freshman of the Week honor this season.

Dec. 2, 2013

Offensive Player of the Week
Tre Roberson, Indiana
So., QB, Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central
• Threw six touchdown passes, tied for an Indiana record, in the Hoosiers’ 56-36 win over Purdue last Saturday
• Completed 25-of-37 passes for 273 yards and rushed for a career-high 154 yards, for a career-best 427 yards of total offense
• Led a Hoosier offense that accumulated 692 total yards and 42 first downs, each program records
• Registers the first Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career
• Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Tevin Coleman (Nov. 11, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week
Christian Kirksey, Iowa
Sr., LB, St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood East
• Notched a team-high 11 tackles in Iowa’s 38-17 victory over Nebraska last Friday
• Recorded three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass deflection
• Helped the Iowa defense hold Nebraska more than 140 yards below its season rushing average
• Reels in the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: James Morris (Oct. 28, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Sr., PK, Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead
• Connected on three field goals and four extra points in a 37-34 win at Illinois to move into first place on the Wildcats’ career scoring list with 280 points
• His 19-yard field goal in the first quarter was his 21st of the season, which set a new Northwestern single-season record
• Added field goals of 26 and 42 yards for 13 total points
• Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Jeff Budzien (Sept. 17, 2012)



Freshman of the Week
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
QB, Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy
• Threw for 339 yards on 21-of-30 passing and four touchdowns in Penn State’s 31-24 win at nationally ranked Wisconsin last Saturday
• Now has 2,955 yards passing this season, which ranks third on Penn State’s single-season list
• Produced his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season, which is tied for first on the Nittany Lions’ single-season list
• Wins his fifth Freshman of the Week award, which ranks second since the award began in 2010
• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Nov. 25, 2013)