Had a bit of a debate with the ESPN.com Big Ten guy or guys about Big Ten player of the week.
I thought for sure Iowa RB Mark Weisman would've gotten a share, but no, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez and Northwestern QB Kain Colter were co-winners.
It's a stat award and Colter's stats were statty. They were against Indiana, but the Gophers didn't look like the Steelers on Saturday, either. I liked the comeback and the stage for Martinez. You can chortle about the throwing motion all you want, but he's become an interesting playmaker for the Huskers. He was clutch on the big stage of ABC 7 p.m.
I'll concede on Weisman, whose day may yet come. Truth be told, the left side of Iowa's O-line, including center James Ferentz and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz had POW-caliber performances.
Stat award and Colter's numbers were Tecmo Bowlish. (I probably should poke my head out of the Kinnick press box once or twice on a Saturday, too. I freely admit that.)
Here's the Big Ten Monday:
Division Matchups Continue This Weekend: Last Saturday saw the beginning of divisional play in the Big Ten, with Penn State defeating Illinois and Iowa knocking off Minnesota. This Saturday, one divisional matchup is part of the Week 6 schedule….
Unbeaten and Going Strong: Following the first weekend of conference action, two Big Ten teams remain with unblemished records. Northwestern and Ohio State each saw their records improve to 5-0 this season…
Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls…
More Than a Win at Stake: In a conference that features 16 traditional trophy games, one traveling keepsake will be up for grabs on Saturday. This weekend, Michigan State travels to Indiana for the 55th meeting with the Old Brass Spittoon on the line…
Leaders in the Classroom: Eight Big Ten student-athletes were among 50 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players to be named semifinalists for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy…
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Jr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
- Totaled 288 yards of total offense and helped Nebraska rally from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat Wisconsin on Saturday
- Threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 107 more and a touchdown
- Had a hand in three straight Nebraska touchdowns, completing a 3-yard pass to Rex Burkhead in the second quarter, rushing for a 38-yarder and converting on a 10-yard strike to Kyler Reed in the third quarter
- Wins his third career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and second this season
- Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Sept. 3, 2012)
Kain Colter, Northwestern
Jr., QB, Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek
- Finished with 297 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, helping Northwestern to a win over Indiana on Saturday and a 5-0 start to the season
- Scored all four touchdowns on the ground, rushing for 164 yards on 14 carries, and caught nine passes for 131 yards as part of Northwestern’s record 704 yards of total offense.
- Scored on touchdown runs of eight, eight, 15 and 22 yards, scoring once in each quarter
- Claims his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, and first this season
- Last Northwestern Offensive Player of the Week: Kain Colter (Nov. 7, 2011)
Defensive of the Week
Michael Mauti, Penn State
Sr., LB, Mandeville, La./Mandeville
- Finished with six tackles and two interceptions as part of a Penn State defensive effort that held Illinois to seven points on Saturday
- Intercepted his first pass at the goal line, returning it 99 yards to the Illinois one-yard line to keep the Illini off the scoreboard at the end of the first half
- Picked off his second pass of the day in the third quarter, setting up Penn State’s final touchdown drive
- Wins the third weekly award of his career and second this season
- Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Mauti (Sept. 17, 2012)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Brett Maher, Nebraska
Sr., P/K, Kearney, Neb./Kearney
- Kicked the game-tying field goal in the third quarter and the game-winning field in the fourth quarter to give Nebraska a 30-27 victory over Wisconsin
- Was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts and converted on all three extra points
- Had three punts for 140 yards, an average of 46.7, and one punt inside the 20 in which he pinned Wisconsin at its own 10-yard line for its final drive
- Wins his fourth Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 24, 2012)
Freshman of the Week
Mason Monheim, Illinois
LB, Orrville, Ohio/Orrville
- Recorded a game-high 11 tackles, including four solo stops, against Penn State on Saturday
- Forced his second fumble of the season
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade
- Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Donovonn Young (Sept. 26, 2011)