ESPN.com's Big Ten Players of the Week
September, 20, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Let's see how many picks the Big Ten and I can agree upon.
OFFENSE -- Minnesota WR Eric Decker
Decker is the entire Golden Gophers offense right now, and he showed why Saturday against Cal. He made an incredible catch in the end zone and held on for the score despite a vicious shot from Bears safety Sean Cattouse. Though he needed stitches in his chin, Decker didn't miss a single play and broke Ron Johnson's team record for career receptions with his second touchdown grab. He accounted for all three Minnesota touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 passing) against Cal and finished with eight receptions for 119 yards.
DEFENSE -- Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
This award really should go to the entire Iowa defense, which shut down Arizona in Saturday's 27-17 win. But Clayborn gets the nod with an explosive performance up front, forcing a fumble and recording a career-high three quarterback hurries. Clayborn finished with six tackles and a sack in Iowa's win. Honorable mentions go to Wisconsin linebacker Culmer St. Jean (15 tackles, 2 TFLS, fumble recovery) and Indiana safety Austin Thomas (two interceptions).
SPECIAL TEAMS -- Indiana CB Ray Fisher
Fisher set the tone for Indiana's win against Akron by returning the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. His runback marked the first time in team history the Hoosiers have opened a game with a scoring return. Fisher, a converted wide receiver, returned punts last season but moved into the kickoff return role after the graduation of standout Marcus Thigpen.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State