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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Big Ten Players of the Week

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Here are my choices for the best of the best in Week 10.

OFFENSE

Purdue QB Justin Siller -- He successfully transitioned back to quarterback after practicing as a reserve running back and shined in his first career start. He threw for 266 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and ran for another score as Purdue rallied to beat Michigan, 48-42. Siller had 343 total yards in the game. Other notables include Purdue running back Kory Sheets, Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka and Michigan State wide receiver Blair White.

DEFENSE

Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan -- It was far from a defensive masterpiece for Purdue, but Kerrigan did his part with 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Michigan. The sophomore set a career high with 10 tackles, and his sacks total marked the highest for a Purdue player this season. Indiana linebacker Matt Mayberry also deserves recognition after tying a single-game school record with four sacks against Central Michigan.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Michigan State K Brett Swenson -- After struggling the week before at Michigan, Swenson connected on all four of his field-goal attempts against Wisconsin, nailing the game-winning 44-yarder with 7 seconds left to give Michigan State a 25-24 victory. The junior also hit a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Illinois kicker Matt Eller and Northwestern punter Stefan Demos also merit mentions.