staff, September 9, 2013

The Big Ten office announced its Week 2 Players of the Week on Monday. The recipients: Jeremy Gallon (Offense), Shilique Calhoun (Defense), Marcus Jones & Akeem Hunt (Special Teams) and Corey Clement (Freshman). Read more about each player and see one of their highlights in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, Sr., WR

  • Finished with career highs in receiving yards (184) and touchdowns (three) as Michigan defeated Notre Dame on Saturday in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109
  • Collected eight catches to accrue 184 yards, the sixth-most in program history and most since Roy Roundtree recorded 246 receiving yards in 2010
  • Became the first Wolverine with three touchdown grabs in a game since Mario Manningham in 2006
  • Scored on touchdown grabs of 61 yards in the first quarter, 12 yards in the second and 13 in the third
  • Records his first career weekly honor
  • Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Devin Gardner (Nov. 19, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, So., DE

  • Scored two defensive touchdowns, one on a fumble recovery and another on an interception return, in Michigan State?s 21-6 win over South Florida
  • Returned a fumble four yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and an interception 56 yards for another in the third, becoming the first Spartan defender with three touchdowns in the same season since T.J. Turner in 1999
  • Also finished with two tackles for loss and one sack as Michigan State allowed just 155 total yards
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Tyler Hoover (Oct. 25, 2010)

Special Teams Co-Players of the Week: Marcus Jones, Minnesota, Jr., PR/KR

  • Returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in Minnesota?s 44-21 win on the road against New Mexico State on Saturday
  • The score marked his second return touchdown of the season, having returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score in the Gophers? opener against UNLV
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Wettstein (Oct. 31, 2011)

Akeem Hunt, Purdue, Jr., KR

  • Took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and finished with 123 kickoff return yards for the day as Purdue defeated Indiana State, 20-14, on Saturday
  • Recorded his second career kickoff return touchdown after having returned his first 100 yards against Ohio State in 2012
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Special Teams Player of the Week: Cody Webster (Sept. 10, 2012)

Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement, Wisconsin, RB

  • Recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing effort of the season, finishing with 149 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, an 11.5 yards per carry average, in Wisconsin?s 48-0 victory over Tennessee Tech
  • Ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns from 1 yard and 75 yards out, boosting his yards per carry average to 8.6 this season
  • One of three Badger running backs to rush for 100 yards or more in two straight games
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: James White (Nov. 22, 2010)