Sunday, October 11, 2009
ESPN.com's Big Ten Players of the Week
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Hit on all three choices last week. Let's see how I do this time around.
OFFENSE -- Iowa TE Tony Moeaki
Tight ends rarely qualify for this honor, but Moeaki's performance Saturday night against Michigan certainly merits the award. After missing the previous three games with an ankle injury and barely practicing, Moeaki recorded six receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in scoring passes of 34 and 42 yards in Iowa's 30-28 win.
DEFENSE -- Minnesota LB Lee Campbell
The Gophers' linebackers have been tremendous this season, and Campbell turned in another masterpiece against Purdue. He recorded a game-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and changed the game with an interception midway through the second quarter and returned the ball to the Purdue 2-yard line, setting up the go-ahead touchdown. Campbell also blocked a field goal attempt that teammate Traye Simmons returned to the end zone. Simmons, Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield and Ohio State's Ross Homan and Kurt Coleman also merit mentions.
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS -- Ohio State WR Ray Small and Iowa K Daniel Murray
After Wisconsin closed to within eight points, Small gave Ohio State a comfortable cushion with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter. It marked Ohio State's first kickoff returned for a touchdown since Ted Ginn in the 2007 BCS title game.
Murray connected on a career-high three field goals in the win over Michigan and likely would have hit a fourth if not for an Iowa penalty. After a chip shot in the first quarter, Murray connected from 40 and 41 yards out.