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BIG TEN FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

October 15, 2012
Richmond High School



Offensive Player of the Week

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Sr., RB, Wentzville, Mo./Timberland

*         Became the Big Ten's all-time leader in touchdowns and points after
finding the end zone three times against Purdue on Saturday

*         Has 72 touchdowns and 434 points in his career, passing the previous marks
of 71 and 426 set by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne

*         Rushed for a career-high 247 yards, the third 200-yard effort of his
career, on 29 carries, including a career-best 67-yard touchdown run in the third
quarter

*         Wins the fifth Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career
and first this season

*         Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Nov. 28, 2011)



Defensive Player of the Week

Jake Ryan, Michigan

So., LB, Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius

*         Matched a career high with a game-best 11 tackles in helping Michigan shut
out Illinois on Saturday

*         Also posted 3.5 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble
on his solo sack in the third quarter to set up a Michigan score

*         Part of a Michigan defense that allowed just 134 yards, including 29
through the air, and seven first downs

*         Wins the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award of his career

*         Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week:  Ryan Van Bergen (Nov. 14, 2011)



Special Teams Player of the Week

Mike Meyer, Iowa

Jr., PK, Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert

*         Was a perfect four-for-four in field goal attempts against Michigan State,
helping the Hawkeyes to a double-overtime victory on Saturday

*         Converted on attempts from 23, 27, 28 and 42 yards, the latter coming in
the second overtime to give Iowa the win

*         Has made 13 straight field goal attempts and ranks second in the nation in
field goals made per game (2.33)

*         Wins his third Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award and second
this season

*         Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Sept. 3, 2012)



Freshman of the Week

Nick VanHoose, Northwestern

CB, Urbana, Ohio/Graham

*         Broke up three passes in the game, all of which came in the end zone,
including one on third-and-goal in the fourth quarter against Minnesota

*         Also added three tackles to help Northwestern become bowl eligible with a
win over the Gophers

*         Was part of the Wildcat defense that held Minnesota to just 169 yards
passing on Saturday

*         Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade

*         Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Venric Mark (Nov. 29, 2010)


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