Jim Delany and the Big Ten might want to consider renaming the conference's defensive player of the week award to The "Penn State Defensive Player That Wrecked An Opposing Team's Offense This Week" Award.
After Michael Mauti hoarded the conference's honor earlier this year, Gerald Hodges decided to grab a piece of the pie this week as he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a performance that included 11 tackles (1.5 for loss) and a forced fumble. The Penn State defense also held Northwestern to season lows in total yards, rushing yards and first downs.
This is the third POTW honor for Hodges in his career. Last year, he garnered recognition for his performances against Northwestern and Illinois.
It is also the third POTW honor for Penn State on the season after Mauti won after games against Navy and Illinois. In case you don't have a calendar in front of you, that means Penn State has taken home the award three out of the last four weeks.
Other Big Ten Honorees:
Special Teams: Corey Brown, Ohio State
Freshman: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State