staff, November 11, 2013

The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 11 Players of the Week on Monday. Five players were honored, including dual Defensive Players of the Week (Randy Gregory and Chris Borland). Borland's honor is the fifth of his career, tying him with Paul Posluszny for most in Big Ten history. See all the honorees in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Tevin Coleman, Indiana, So., RB

  • Rushed for a career-high 215 yards on 15 carries, a 14.3 average, and two touchdowns to help Indiana defeat Illinois on Saturday
  • Scored on touchdown runs of 75 and 64 yards, giving him 12 rushing scores on the year to move into eighth on the program?s single-season list
  • Became the first Hoosier since BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2003 to rush for more than 200 yards in a single game and first since Green-Ellis in the same year to rush for over 100 yards in two straight games
  • Records the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Cody Latimer (Nov. 5, 2012)

Defensive Co-Players of the Week: Randy Gregory, Nebraska, So., DE

  • Recorded a career-high three sacks and helped Nebraska hold Michigan to minus-21 rushing yards in the Cornhuskers? road victory
  • Recorded the most sacks in a game by a Husker since Ndamukong Suh in 2009, increasing his sack total to a Big Ten-leading 7.5 on the season
  • Part of a defense that limited the Wolverines to 175 total yards, the fewest by a Nebraska opponent since 2010
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Defensive Player of the Week: Lavonte David (Nov. 28, 2011)

Chris Borland, Wisconsin, Sr., LB

  • Finished with 13 tackles and matched his career best of two sacks to help Wisconsin defeat BYU in non-conference play last weekend
  • Notched his 16th career double-digit tackle game and fourth this season and also recorded a quarterback hurry that led to a first-quarter interception
  • Part of the Badger defense that held the Cougars to 15 points and more than 140 yards below their season averages
  • Records his fifth career Defensive Player of the Week honor, tying him with Penn State?s Paul Posluszny for the most in conference history
  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Borland (Sept. 24, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Peter Mortell, Minnesota, So., P

  • Averaged 46 yards per punt, placing three inside the 20-yard line, to help Minnesota defeat Penn State for its eighth victory of the season
  • Totaled 184 yards on four punts, including a career-best 62 yarder, while the Nittany Lions had just two return yards on the day
  • Placed punts at the Penn State one-, two- and 12-yard line
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Peter Mortell (Nov. 4, 2013)

Freshman of the Week: Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska, QB

  • Led Nebraska on a come-from-behind touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to defeat Michigan last Saturday
  • Went five-for-seven for 59 yards on the winning drive, completing a five-yard pass to Ameer Abdullah for the go-ahead score with just over two minutes to play
  • Finished the game with 152 yards of total offense, completing 11 of 19 passes for 139 yards and adding 13 yards on the ground
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Jordan Westerkamp (Nov. 4, 2013)