Big Ten Players of the Week announced

September, 6, 2010
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The conference office has made its selections, including the new Freshman of the Week award.

OFFENSE: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson

In his first career start, Robinson set school records in total offense (383 yards) and rushing yards by a quarterback (197), leading Michigan to a victory against Connecticut. The sophomore quarterback completed 19 of 22 passes (86.4 pct.) for 186 yards and a touchdown, and sprinted for 197 yards on 29 carries (6.8 avg.) with another touchdown. His 197 rushing yards are the sixth most by a signal caller in conference history, and his completion percentage of 86.4 is second in school annals behind only Elvis Grbac, who completed 20 of 22 passes (90.9 pct.) against Notre Dame in 1991.

DEFENSE: Ohio State safety/linebacker Tyler Moeller

After missing the entire 2009 season because of injury, Moeller returned to the field against Marshall and led Ohio State by matching a career high with seven tackles and adding a forced fumble and two tackles for loss, including a sack. The senior pushed the visiting offense back 10 yards with his two tackles for loss and helped the Buckeyes hold their opponents to no offensive points and only 44 rushing yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Iowa running back Paki O'Meara

O’Meara broke through for a blocked punt and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter against Eastern Illinois, giving Iowa a 21-0 lead. The senior running back, who also rushed four times for 34 yards, recorded the Hawkeyes’ first blocked punt return for a score since teammate Adrian Clayborn accomplished the feat at Penn State last season.

CO-FRESHMAN: Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden and Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell

Bolden became the first true freshman quarterback to start Penn State’s season opener since 1910 and excelled, completing 20 of 29 passes (69.0 pct.) for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Youngstown State. His performance was the best by a true freshman in school history, surpassing Tony Sacca’s mark of 15-of-27 for 215 yards in 1988. Bolden’s 20-yard scoring toss gave the Nittany Lions a lead they would not relinquish in the second quarter. He added a 22-yard scoring strike in the third quarter, as Penn State tallied 41 unanswered points for a 44-7 lead.

Bell became the first true freshman running back in Michigan State history to crack the 100-yard mark in his debut, breaking loose for 141 yards on just 10 carries (14.1 avg.) with a pair of touchdowns against Western Michigan. Bell’s 75-yard sprint around right end set up the Spartans' third touchdown, giving the hosts a 21-7 lead with 3:26 left in the half. He tallied his first career touchdown just before halftime, scoring from two yards out with 34 seconds left in the second quarter. His 18-yard scoring sprint capped MSU’s opening drive of the second half, giving the Spartans a 35-7 advantage.

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