staff, September 23, 2013

The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday. The list is headlined by Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, who threw an Ohio State record six scoring strikes, but it also includes a pair of Hawkeyes. See all the honorees and their video highlights in this post.

Offensive Co-Players of the Week: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State, Sr., QB

  • Threw six touchdowns, an Ohio State record and the second-most in Big Ten single-game history, in Ohio State?s victory over Florida A&M
  • Completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards while playing the first half only in his second career start
  • Connected with five different receivers on his six touchdown throws, including his second to Evan Spencer with 13 seconds left in the first half to set the program record
  • Records his second career weekly honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Kenny Guiton (Sept. 16, 2013)

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, So., RB

  • Finished with 147 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on just 16 carries, an average of 9.2 yards per carry, in Wisconsin?s victory over Purdue
  • Scored on a five-yard run in the first quarter, a 27-yard sprint in the third and a 15-yarder in the third
  • Rushed for 140 yards or more in his fourth straight contest and leads the nation with 624 yards and 156.0 yards per game
  • Records his first career weekly honor
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Montee Ball (Nov. 12, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week: B.J. Lowery, Iowa, Sr., DB

  • Set a school record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and added four tackles in Iowa?s win over Western Michigan
  • With under a minute left in the second quarter, returned a pass 35 yards to the end zone, before returning his second pick 13 yards for a score with 12:22 to go in the third
  • Became the second Big Ten player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game this season, following Northwestern?s Collin Ellis in Week 1
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Tom Nardo (Sept. 26, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa, Jr., WR

  • Became just the third player in Big Ten history to record two punt return touchdowns in a game in Iowa?s victory over Western Michigan
  • On consecutive attempts in the second quarter, returned a punt 83 yards for a score then a second 63 yards for a score
  • His 184 punt return yards are second most in a single game in Big Ten history, behind former Hawkeye Nile Kinnick?s 201 yards in 1939
  • Wins his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Oct. 15, 2012)


Freshman of the Week: Mitch Leidner, Minnesota, QB

  • In his first career start, combined for 222 yards of total offense and four rushing scores in Minnesota?s win over San Jose State
  • Rushed for 151 yards on 24 carries and tied the Minnesota record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single game
  • Wins his first career Freshman of the Week accolade
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Philip Nelson (Oct. 29, 2012)