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Monday, November 12, 2012
Illini's Monheim named freshman of week

By Scott Powers

Illinois freshman linebacker Mason Monheim was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.

Monheim recorded a game- and career-high 15 tackles in Saturday's 17-3 loss to Minnesota. His previous career high was 11 tackles. He also had 1.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks against the Golden Gophers.

Monheim has started the past eight games for Illinois and has a team-high 74 tackles, which leads all Big Ten freshmen. During Big Ten play, he is averaging 9.5 tackles per game, which is sixth-best in the conference.

Monheim was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 1 after recording 11 tackles and one forced fumble against Penn State.