Big Ten Players of the Week: Oct. 16

Here are the selections from the league office announced Monday morning.

OFFENSE: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

Stanzi completed 70.8 percent of his passes with three touchdowns to help lead Iowa to 38 points in a road triumph at Michigan, its highest point total ever against the Wolverines. The senior quarterback completed 17 of 24 passes for 248 yards and led the Hawkeyes offense to touchdowns in each of its five trips into the red zone. After Michigan pulled within 35-28, Stanzi guided Iowa on a 10-play, 49-yard drive for a field goal with 2:53 remaining to secure the 38-28 victory. He is now 23-5 as a starting quarterback and has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of the past 15 games he has played. Stanzi earns his first career weekly accolade.

DEFENSE: Michigan State LB Greg Jones

Jones racked up a season-high 14 tackles and added a pass breakup and quarterback hurry against Illinois to help Michigan State hold a Big Ten opponent without a touchdown for the first time since 2003. The senior linebacker recorded double-figures in tackles for the second time this season and the 20th time in his career. With the Illini leading 6-3 at halftime, the Spartans' defense blanked Illinois in the second half while forcing three turnovers to produce four takeaways in the game. Michigan State held the Illini to 114 rushing yards, more than 100 yards below their season average.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Wisconsin KR David Gilreath

Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to spark Wisconsin to a victory over top-ranked Ohio State, the Badgers’ first victory over a No. 1 team since 1981. The senior wideout’s 97-yard sprint also shattered the Big Ten career record for kickoff return yardage. He finished the game with four kickoff returns for 163 yards, boosting his career total to 2,677 yards and passing Michigan State’s Derrick Mason (2,575 yards from 1993-96) for the Big Ten record. Gilreath entered this year ranked first in conference history in total kickoff returns and has boosted that total to 120 returns. The Minnesota native recorded his first kickoff return touchdown and the first for a Wisconsin player since Lee Evans returned a kickoff for a score at Indiana on Nov. 11, 2000.

FRESHMAN: Purdue QB Rob Henry

Henry accounted for all four of Purdue’s touchdowns in a 28-17 victory over Minnesota to earn his first Freshman of the Week honor. The redshirt freshman completed 13 of 20 passes (65.0 pct.) for 183 yards and a touchdown and added 17 carries for 57 yards (3.4 avg.) and three more scores. The Florida native tallied scoring runs of 4 and 1 yards in the first half to give the Boilermakers a 14-0 halftime advantage.