Remember two weeks ago when I said that Jim Delany should rename the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week to symbolize a Penn State player destroying an opposing team's offense? He really should heed that advice.
Jordan Hill, the dominant senior defensive tackle, was named B1G Defensive Player of the Week after his nine-tackle (2 TFL) and one-sack peformance on Saturday against Iowa. He led a Penn State defense which only allowed .9 yards per carry to a vaunted Iowa rushing attack, albeit without a healthy Mark Weisman. It is the fourth time in the past six weeks that a Penn State defensive player took home conference honors. Mike Mauti won the award in games against Navy and Illinois while Gerald Hodges was honored for his performance in the Northwestern game.
Joining Hill as a conference honoree is tight end Kyle Carter, who took home Freshman of the Week honors. Carter made his first start of the season on Saturday, even though he was Matt McGloin's favorite target outside of Allen Robinson through the first six weeks of the season. Carter caught six passes for 85 yards, including that ridiculous over the defender's head, fourth-down reception in the first quarter to keep the Nittany Lions' second scoring drive alive.
It's the second time a Penn State player has won Freshman of the Week this year. Deion Barnes earned the award after the Navy game.
Other Award Winners:
Offensive: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Special Teams: Brendan Gibbons, Michigan
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