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The Sports inquirer attended the post-game presser of Northwestern men’s basketball head coach Chris Collins following his team’s 52-51 road defeat to Georgia Tech on Nov. 28. Topics included the loss, the Wildcats’ offensive struggles and areas for improvement. Northwestern hosts Illinois in its Big Ten opener on Dec. 1.

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Big Ten Announces Football Players of the Week

big ten logoRelease from the Big Ten Conference:

Offensive Player of the Week
Ty Johnson, Maryland
So., RB, Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill

  • Rushed for 204 yards on just seven carries against Purdue, averaging 29.1 yards per attempt
  • Reached the end zone twice, scoring on runs of 8 and 48 yards, to help the Terrapins
  • Paced a Maryland rushing attack that generated 400 yards on the ground as the team improved to 4-0 on the season
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: N/A

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern
Sr., DL, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville

  • Registered a career-high four sacks and added a forced fumble to lead the Wildcats to a victory at Iowa
  • Became the second player in the nation to record 4.0 sacks in a game this season and the first Big Ten player to do so since Ohio State’s John Simon in 2012
  • Moved into fifth place in program history with 18.5 career sacks
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Walker (Nov. 30, 2015)

Marcus Allen, Penn State
Jr., S, Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr.

  • Tallied a career-high 22 tackles, including eight solo stops, as Penn State defeated Minnesota
  • Recorded the most tackles by a Penn State player since Paul Posluszny in 2005 and the most by a Big Ten player since Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor had 22 tackles in 2011
  • Became the second player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to notch at least 20 tackles in a game this season
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Zettel (Sept. 28, 2015)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Emmitt Carpenter, Minnesota
So., PK, Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon

  • Went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, including go-ahead field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime
  • Converted field goals from 35, 37, 37 and 46 yards
  • Became the fifth player in program history to convert at least four field goals in a road contest and the first since 1997
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Ryan Santoso (Oct. 20, 2014)

Freshman of the Week
Mike Weber, Ohio State
RB, Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech

  • Carried the ball 14 times for 144 yards and a touchdown as Ohio State defeated Rutgers
  • Broke the 100-yard barrier for the third time in four games this season, improving his Big Ten-leading average to 123.8 yards per game
  • Recorded runs of 49- and 46-yards, with the latter going for a touchdown in the third quarter
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Dec. 1, 2014)

Big Ten announces football players of the week

Release from the Big Ten Conference:

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 21, the offensive, co-defensive and co-special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Sr., QB, Modesto, Calif./Modesto Christian

  • Completed 23 of 35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the Hoosiers’ win over Maryland
  • Added a rushing touchdown to match his career high with five total touchdowns
  • Holds school career records with 54 touchdown passes, four 350-yard passing games and four games with at least four touchdown tosses
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Howard (Sept. 28, 2015)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Jon Reschke, Michigan State
So., LB, Sterling Heights, Mich./Brother Rice

  • Recorded six tackles, including a sack, in Michigan State’s victory at Ohio State
  • Anchored a Spartan defense that held Ohio State to 132 total yards of offense, more than 300 yards fewer than the Buckeyes’ average entering the contest
  • Added a quarterback hurry late in the second quarter with the game tied 7-7
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Malik McDowell (Nov. 16, 2015)

Deonte Gibson, Northwestern
Sr., DE, Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward

  • Set career highs with four tackles for loss and three sacks in Northwestern’s victory at Wisconsin
  • Also registered six tackles, including four solo stops
  • Led a Northwestern unit that recorded a season-best 11 tackles for loss and six sacks
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Dean Lowry (Oct. 26, 2015)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Griffin Oakes, Indiana
So., K, Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood

  • Matched a school record with four field goals for the second consecutive week, converting all four of his attempts against Maryland
  • Registered field goals from 21, 19, 48 and 36 yards
  • Leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally with a 90.9 percent field goal conversion rate this season
  • Claims his third career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Griffin Oakes (Nov. 16, 2015)

Michael Geiger, Michigan State
Jr., K, Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills

  • Converted a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Michigan State a 17-14 victory at Ohio State
  • Has recorded at least one field goal in nine of the team’s 11 games this season, including each of the last four contests
  • Ranks ninth in school history with 38 career field goals
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jalen Watts-Jackson (Oct. 19, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota
RB, Atlanta, Ga./Pickens

  • Rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s win against Illinois
  • Averaged 10.2 yards per carry in the contest, including touchdown runs of five, 38 and 75 yards
  • Ranks second in the conference with 6.2 yards per carry in Big Ten play
  • Wins his third career and second consecutive weekly award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks (Nov. 16, 2015)