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October 29, 2007

Donahue earns Big Ten weekly honors

Earning Big Ten player of the week honors this week were Iowa's Ryan Donahue on special teams, Ohio State's Todd Boeckman on offense, and Wisconsin's DeAndre Levy on defense. Read on for more details.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Ryan Donahue, Iowa
FR, P, Evergreen Park, Ill./St. Rita

Donahue averaged an impressive 51.6 yards on eight punts against Michigan State, including a career-long 82-yard boot which ranked as the second-longest punt in Iowa history. The freshman punter totaled 413 yards on eight punts while placing one kick inside the 20-yard line to help the Hawkeyes gain valuable field position against the Spartans. He produced four boots over 50 yards, including the 82-yarder in the fourth quarter, the longest kick by an Iowa punter since Lonnie Rodgers set the school record with an 83-yarder against Oregon State on Sept. 26, 1962. Donahue collects the first weekly award of his career.

LAST IOWA SPECIAL TEAMS POW: DE Kenny Iwebema on Sept. 10, 2007

OFFENSE

Todd Boeckman, Ohio State
JR, QB, St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry

On the road against one of the nation's top defenses, Boeckman completed an astounding 73.1 percent of his passes for a career-high 253 yards while adding three touchdown strikes to keep Ohio State undefeated atop the Big Ten standings. The junior quarterback completed 19 of 26 passes for a Buckeyes squad which racked up 453 total yards of offense in a 37-17 victory over nationally-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions entered the game rated fourth nationally allowing only 15.0 points per game and seventh in the country giving up only 279.5 yards of total offense per contest. After Penn State took an early 7-3 lead in the first quarter, Boeckman completed touchdown passes to Brian Robiskie, Brian Hartline and Jake Ballard to give the Buckeyes a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. The Ohio native has now thrown at least two touchdown strikes in every game this season and ranks second in the conference with 21 scoring tosses on the year, which ranks fourth for a single season in school annals. He currently leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 164.3. Boeckman earns the first weekly laurel of his career.

LAST OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE POW: RB Chris Wells on Oct. 22, 2007

DEFENSE

DeAndre Levy, Wisconsin
JR, LB, Milwaukee, Wis./Vincent

Levy produced a career day against the Big Ten's second-ranked scoring offense, helping the Badgers limit Indiana to a single field goal while collecting a career-high eight tackles, along with one sack, one pass breakup and a fumble forced and recovered. The junior linebacker recorded a career-best seven solo stops on the day to allow only three points to a Hoosiers offensive attack that entered the game ranked second in the conference and 25th nationally with an average of 35.4 points per outing. With Indiana driving to the Badgers' 26-yard line in the fourth quarter, Levy recovered a fumble to prevent a potential score. On IU's next possession, the Wisconsin native forced a fumble. Levy picks up the first weekly accolade of his career and the first for a Badger defender since the 2005 campaign.

LAST WISCONSIN DEFENSIVE POW: LB Dontez Sanders on Nov. 28, 2005


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