Big Ten Players of the Week

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

In the interest of full disclosure, I did cross paths with the Big Ten powers that be on Saturday night at the Wisconsin-Ohio State game, so there could be some similarities between my list and the official rundown announced Monday.


Illinois QB Juice Williams -- The junior set a Michigan Stadium record with 431 yards of total offense as Illinois steamrolled a talented Wolverines defense. Williams threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in another dominant road performance. He ranks eighth nationally in total offense and 55th in rushing average.


Penn State LB Josh Hull -- After being criticized during the week for his play in previous victories, Hull came up big in Penn State's latest triumph. He racked up a team-high 11 tackles -- all solo -- and had two stops for losses. The Lions held Purdue to six points and 241 yards, 163 yards below its average.


Minnesota PK Joel Monroe -- Monroe bounced back from a rough start to convert several pressure-packed kicks for Minnesota in what turned out to be a surprising defensive struggle against Indiana. The senior kicked second-half field goals of 29, 42 and 38 yards, the last of which clinched the victory with 22 seconds left. It marked the first time Minnesota made three field goals in a game since 2003.