ESPN.com's Big Ten Players of the Week

October, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

My picks for offense, defense and special teams.

OFFENSE -- Indiana QB Ben Chappell

The junior quarterback showed why he's the long-term answer for Indiana, setting career highs in both passing yards (333) and passing touchdowns (3) in a big win against Illinois. Chappell utilized his weapons Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher and converted two Illinois fumbles into touchdowns in the second half.

DEFENSE -- Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

Kerrigan led a Boilermakers defense that forced five Ohio State turnovers in the 26-18 victory against the seventh-ranked Buckeyes. The junior recorded a team-high nine tackles, including four for loss and three sacks. He also forced two fumbles and had a fumble recovery in one of the best individual defensive performances in the Big Ten this season.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS -- Purdue K Carson Wiggs and Minnesota P Blake Haudan


Wiggs drilled four field goals for the Boilers, including a 55-yarder to end the first half and give Purdue its first lead in the game. He also hit from 27, 32 and 49 yards, and his lone miss came from 52 yards. Wiggs became the ninth player in team history to connect on four field goals in a game.

Haudan was the only weapon for a dormant Minnesota offense, averaging 49.8 yards on six punts against Penn State. He had a long of 56 yards and placed two punts inside the 20-yard line to help the Gophers change field position on a lousy weather day in State College.

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