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BIG TEN FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

November 19, 2012
Richmond High School



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)


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