Big Ten Hands Out Week 12 Honors

The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Football Players of the Week on Monday for Nov 19 games. See the winners in this post.

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)

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