Posted by: marcmwm | October 20, 2008

Your Big Ten players of the week . . .

A couple guys you might recognize. (I knew it was a long time for an offensive POW, but Ed Hinkel? I didn’t think it’d been that long.)

OFFENSE:

Shonn Greene, Iowa, JR, RB, Sicklerville, N.J./Milford Academy (Conn.)

Greene broke loose for a career-high 217 yards on 25 carries (8.7 avg.) and equaled a school record with four touchdowns to lead Iowa past Wisconsin and also become the first player in FBS to top 100 rushing yards in each of the first eight games of a season. The junior running back’s 217-yard effort is tied for the sixth-best single-game effort in program annals and marks the first 200-yard outing by a Hawkeyes player since 2005, when Albert Young collected 202 yards at Northwestern. Greene led Iowa to a quick start with scoring runs of 12 and 34 yards to stake the hosts to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. After the Badgers cut the deficit to 14-9, he sprinted 52 yards for another touchdown in the third period and added a 34-yard scoring gallop at the start of the fourth quarter to put the game away. He is the first Hawkeye to score four rushing touchdowns in a single game since Tavian Banks accomplished the feat against Iowa State in 1997. Greene also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, becoming the second-fastest Iowa rusher to crack the mark behind Banks, who reached 1,000 yards in six games in 1997. Greene collects his first career player of the week accolade and the first for a Hawkeyes’ offensive player since the 2005 campaign.

LAST IOWA OFFENSIVE POW: WR Ed Hinkel on Nov. 21, 2005.

 

DEFENSE:

Pat Angerer, Iowa, JR, LB, Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf

Angerer established a career high with 16 tackles and added two interceptions to lead an Iowa defense that held Wisconsin without a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.  The junior linebacker amassed 12 tackles in the first half alone, and his 16-tackle effort marks the most defensive stops in a single game by any Big Ten player this season. With the hosts holding a 28-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Angerer picked off passes to end back-to-back Badgers’ drives to put the game away. He returned his first interception 14 yards to give Iowa the ball at Wisconsin’s 48-yard line, which the offense turned into a touchdown four plays later for a 35-9 advantage. The Iowa native picked off his second pass on the ensuing possession and returned it five yards to the Badgers’ 37-yard line, setting up a field goal and a 38-9 lead. Angerer picks up the first weekly laurel of his career.

LAST IOWA DEFENSIVE POW: DE Karl Klug on Sept. 8, 2008.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Kevin Kelly, Penn State, SR, K, Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy

Kelly connected on three field goals and all five of his extra points against Michigan to become the Big Ten’s career leader in kicking points. The senior kicker’s 14-point outing boosted his career total to 376 kicking points to pass Minnesota’s Dan Nystrom (1999-2002) and Iowa’s Nate Kaeding (2000-03), who shared the top spot with 367 points. Kelly connected on field goals of 42, 32 and 20 yards to give him 70 career field goals, which ranks third in conference annals behind Nystrom (71 field goals) and Ohio State’s Mike Nugent (72). Kelly earns his first career weekly award.

LAST PSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: KR Derrick Williams on Sept. 29, 2008

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