B1G announces Week 2 award winners
Leading a blowout effort certainly helps one’s chances to earn weekly accolades.
Wilton Speight, Nate Gerry and Janarion Grant all did that. Their teams won by at least five touchdowns, thanks in large part to them.
Not surprisingly, all three of those players earned weekly B1G honors.
Speight was named the B1G Offensive Player of the Week, Gerry took home B1G Defensive Player of the Week honors and Grant earned the B1G Special Teams Player of the Week award. Indiana’s Marcelino Ball also picked up B1G Freshman of the Week honors.
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Michigan’s 51-14 rout of UCF was fueled by Speight, who delivered four touchdown passes and 312 yards in his second career start. Speight became the second Wolverine to throw for at least seven touchdown passes in his first two starts.
Gerry earned the defensive nod for picking off two passes in his first game of the season. The senior Nebraska safety bounced back after serving one-game suspension with the two interceptions and a team-high seven tackles.
Grant sparked Rutgers with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The dynamic senior tied the B1G record with his fifth kickoff return for a touchdown. That marked the third time — and probably not the last — that Grant picked up the special teams honor.
Ball received his first weekly award after he recorded a team-high eight tackles and picked off his first collegiate pass. The freshman defensive back was part of a defense that held Ball State without a touchdown until the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.