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Big Ten official players of the week are out

10/6/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

And here they are ...

From the release:

OFFENSE

Illinois QB Juice Williams

Williams racked up 431 yards of total offense to set a new Michigan Stadium record and lead Illinois to a 45-20 victory over Michigan. The junior quarterback completed 13 of 26 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, while registering 121 yards on 19 carries with two more scores. He surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the second time this season, after racking up a career-high 461 yards in the season opener against Missouri. Both performances rank among the top-10,single-game efforts in school history. Williams led his offense to 45 points, the most ever for the Illini against the Wolverines and the most allowed by Michigan since 1991.

DEFENSE

Illinois LB Brit Miller

Miller filled up the stat sheet with nine defensive stops, four tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass break-ups to lead Illinois to its first win at Michigan since 1999. The senior linebacker set career highs in both tackles for loss and sacks, pushing the Wolverines' offense back a combined 26 yards.

CO-SPECIAL TEAMS

Michigan State K Brett Swenson

Swenson was perfect on three field goal attempts and an extra point in a narrow 16-13 victory over Iowa. The junior kicker connected on boots of 29 and 32 yards in the second quarter and added a 25-yarder in the third period to give the Spartans a 16-3 advantage. Since missing his first field goal attempt of the season, Swenson has made his last 12 field goals, just one short of tying the school record of 13 consecutive field goals set by Paul Edinger in 1998.

Minnesota K Joel Monroe

Monroe's three field goals were the difference in a 16-7 triumph over Indiana. After missing his first attempt due to a bad snap and hold, the senior kicker connected on a career-high three field goals to provide all of the second-half scoring. With the score knotted at seven, Monroe hit field goals of 29 and 42 yards in the third quarter, the latter marking a season long. He sealed the victory with a 38-yarder with less than a minute left in the game.