Courtesy of the Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten has announced football players of the week for games on Saturday, Oct. 9, including honorees on offense, defense and special teams, along with a freshman of the week.
Below are this week's honorees:
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
JR, QB, Jeannette, Pa./Jeannette
Pryor set career highs with 24 completions and 334 passing yards in less than three quarters of work to lead Ohio State past Indiana. The junior quarterback completed 80 percent of his passes, connecting on 24 of 30 throws, with three touchdown strikes. The preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year produced his sixth career game of 300 or more yards of total offense, matching a school record. Pryor earns the second weekly accolade of his career after being honored earlier this season on Sept. 27.
LAST OSU OFFENSIVE POW: QB Terrelle Pryor on Sept. 27, 2010.
John Clay, Wisconsin
JR, RB, Racine, Wis./ Washington Park
Clay matched a career high with three rushing touchdowns and compiled 111 yards on 21 carries to lead Wisconsin past Minnesota. The junior running back went over the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in the last 12 games. The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year was part of a rushing attack that racked up 250 yards on the ground against the Gophers. Clay nabs his first weekly laurel this season and the third of his career after being tabbed as player of the week on Oct. 4 and Dec. 6, 2009.
LAST WIS OFFENSIVE POW: RB John Clay on Dec. 6, 2009.
Trenton Robinson, Michigan State
JR, S, Bay City, Mich./Bay City Central
Robinson recorded seven tackles, an interception and a pass breakup to help the Michigan State defense hold Michigan to season-lows in points, rushing yards and total yards. The junior safety ended the Wolverines’ opening drive by picking off a pass in the end zone. Michigan entered the game ranked among the top 10 nationally with 41.4 points, 324.4 rushing yards and 565.0 total yards per contest. The Spartans defense held the Wolverines to 17 points, 162 rushing yards and 377 total yards and picked off three passes. Robinson collects his first career weekly award.
LAST MSU DEFENSIVE POW: LB Greg Jones on Sept. 27, 2010.
Derek Dimke, Illinois
JR, PK, Rockford, Ill./Boylan
Dimke connected on all four of his field goal attempts and three extra points to help lead Illinois to its first victory at Penn State. The junior kicker connected on boots of 31, 37, 41 and 50 yards to become the first Illini to make at least four field goals in a game since 2006. The 50-yard field goal marked his second kick of 50 yards or more this season following a career-long 52-yarder against Missouri. Dimke nabs his second career weekly laurel after being honored on Nov. 29, 2009.
LAST ILL SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK Derek Dimke on Nov. 29, 2009.
Kawann Short, Purdue
SO, DT, East Chicago, Ind./Central
Trailing 17-13 in the middle of the fourth quarter, Short blocked a 41-yard Northwestern field goal attempt. On the ensuing possession, the Boilermakers scored the game-winning touchdown with less than four minutes remaining. Short blocked his second kick this year, rejecting an extra point attempt by Ball State on Sept. 18. The sophomore defensive tackle earns his first career weekly accolade.
LAST PUR SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK/P Carson Wiggs on Oct. 18, 2009.
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
FR, QB, Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst
Scheelhaase accounted for 212 yards passing and running to help lead the Illini to a 33-13 road triumph at Penn State. The freshman quarterback connected on 15 of 19 passes (78.9 pct.) for 151 yards and a touchdown and added eight carries for 61 yards (7.6 avg.). Scheelhaase picks up his second freshman of the week award this season after being honored on Sept. 13.
LAST ILL FRESHMAN OF WEEK: QB Nathan Scheelhaase on Sept. 13, 2010.