Sunday, November 1, 2009
ESPN.com's Big Ten Players of the Week
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
OFFENSE -- Minnesota QB Adam Weber
After struggling for most of the season, Weber had a huge performance on Halloween night. He passed for a career high 416 yards and matched his career best with five touchdown passes in Minnesota's victory against Michigan State. Despite playing his first game this season without star wideout Eric Decker, Weber spread the ball to six different receivers, five of whom had a reception of more than 30 yards.
CO-DEFENSE -- Iowa S Tyler Sash and Minnesota DT Garrett Brown
Sash showed why he's the Big Ten's top playmaker on defense against Indiana. After a Ben Chappell pass pinballed around the line of scrimmage, Sash grabbed the ball and raced 86 yards to the end zone to cut Iowa's deficit to 21-14. The 10- to 14-point swing changed momentum for Iowa. Sash finished with seven tackles in the game.
You don't often see a defensive tackle lead the team in tackles, but Brown did for Minnesota with seven stops, including three for loss. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Michigan State.
SPECIAL TEAMS -- Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin
Martin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 93 yards to the end zone to cut Minnesota's lead to 21-17. It marked the Spartans' first kickoff return for a touchdown since Demond Williams in 2005. Martin finished with 176 kickoff return yards and added an 84-yard touchdown run. His 284 all-purpose yards marked the sixth-highest total in Michigan State history.