News and notes from around the Big Ten:
- Minnesota sophomore Derrick Wells earned defense player of the week honors on Monday for his two-interception performance on Thursday night vs. UNLV. Wells switched to safety this offseason and was arguably the team's MVP in his debut at the spot. “He's a big time player,” coach Jerry Kill told Phil Miller of The Minnesota Star Tribune. “The good thing is he proved it on game night.”
- Wisconsin will face Oregon State this Saturday, whose first game against Nicholls State was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. As a result, coach Bret Bielema declined to send game film of the team's first game – a 26-21 win over Northern Iowa -- because “obviously, we didn't get one on them,” Bielama said to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com. The Wisconsin athletic department even reached out to the Big Ten to ensure no other conference schools sent tape of their last game to Oregon State.
- Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase injured his left ankle in Saturday's game vs. Western Michigan and first-year coach Tim Beckman declined to say whether he'd be ready for the Week 2 game at Arizona State. “He's got to be healthy enough that we know he can be successful in what we're asking him to do,” Beckman told Colleen Kane of The Chicago Tribune.
- Trevor Siemiean led Northwestern's late-game TD drive at the suggestion of regular starter Kain Colter, who was injured on a late-hit in the fourth quarter. The junior told offensive coordinator Mike McCall, “I think Trevor would give us a better chance to win,” reported Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune.
- Not only did Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah rush for 81 yards on Saturday, but his pass protection was an integral part to Taylor Martinez's record-setting day. “All my life my dad has always told me, ‘If you can't protect, you won't play,”' Abdullah said to Brian Christopherson of The Lincoln Journal Star. “If we give Taylor the time, you see what can happen. He can pick people apart.”
- Michigan WR Devin Gardner has convinced himself he's a quarterback despite not playing under center against Alabama and catching a 44-yard touchdown pass. “Yes, I'm definitely a quarterback,” he said to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. The only problem is Denard Robinson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so he way want to re-consider his position.
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