Monday, November 22, 2010
Big Ten Players of the Week: Nov. 20
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten office has made its selections, and they are ...
OFFENSE: Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure
Leshoure set a school record with a career-best 330 rushing yards on 33 carries with a pair of touchdowns against Northwestern. The junior running back averaged 10 yards per carry, including a 70-yard sprint in the first quarter and a 62-yard run in the fourth quarter. His 330-yard effort broke the program record of 315 yards set by Robert Holcombe at Minnesota on Nov. 16, 1996. Leshoure's day ranks fifth in Big Ten history and marks the conference's first game of 330 or more yards since Wisconsin's Ron Dayne compiled 339 yards at Hawaii on Nov. 30, 1996. The 330-yard game is also the highest total by any Football Bowl Subdivision player in more than two seasons.
DEFENSE: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle
Rolle tallied a team-high 10 tackles, including a career-high three tackles for loss, to hold nationally ranked Iowa to 17 points in a 20-17 road victory. The senior linebacker pushed the Hawkeye offense back 12 yards on his three tackles for loss, and four of his 10 tackles were solo stops. Iowa entered the game averaging 30.8 points, 405.9 yards of total offense and 153.2 rushing yards per game. Rolle was part of a defensive effort that limited the Hawkeyes to only 17 points, 276 yards of total offense and 81 yards on the ground.
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS: Michigan State LB Denicos Allen and Penn State S Andrew Dailey
Allen blocked a punt to help Michigan State rally from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit for a victory against Purdue. Trailing 28-13 entering the final stanza, the Spartans scored a pair of touchdowns to pull within 31-28. With just about five minutes left in the game, the freshman linebacker blocked a Boilermaker punt which was recovered by teammate Johnny Adams at the Purdue 3-yard line. Two plays later, MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins scrambled 3 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
With the score tied in the third quarter, Dailey blocked an Indiana punt which was scooped up by teammate James Van Fleet and returned 21 yards for a touchdown to give Penn State a 31-24 lead. The Nittany Lions would add another score to end the game with a 41-24 victory. The junior safety has now blocked two punts in his career, including Penn State's most recent block against Eastern Illinois in 2009. Dailey's block was the first returned for a touchdown by the Nittany Lions since the 2005 season.
FRESHMAN: Wisconsin RB James White
White set a career high with 181 rushing yards on 23 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in a victory at Michigan. The freshman running back averaged 7.9 yards per carry and added two receptions for 19 yards. He combined with teammate Montee Ball, who rushed for 173 yards, to become just the second tandem in school history to each rush for more than 150 yards in the same game. White scored his first touchdown on the day with a 61-yard sprint late in the first half before adding a 23-yard score in the third quarter.