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Bill Belton Named B1G Co-Offensive Player of the Week

The junior RB added on the accolades following his career day.

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After rushing for 201 yards in PSU's 24-17 OT win over Illinois on Saturday, Bill Belton was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week this week. It was Belton's first start of the season and he didn't disappoint, averaging 5.6 yards per carry in the first 200-yard performance from a Nittany Lion running back since Doak Walker award winner Larry Johnson in 2002.

Belton shares the honors with someone Penn Staters will know quite well after this week: Minnesota sophomore QB Philip Nelson, who threw four touchdowns (doubling his season total in one game) in the Golden Gophers' win over Indiana.

The conference also gave honors to Michigan State senior LB Denicos Allen, who had nine tackles (including two sacks) in the Spartans' win over Michigan as the defensive player of the week, and MInnesota's sophomore punter Peter Mortell as the special teams player of the week. The freshman of the week was wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp of Nebraska.

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