Monday, November 17, 2008

Joe Ganz, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

The Big 12 Conference rewarded Joe Ganz's performance against Knasas St. with Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. This comes on the heels of last week's Defensive winner also coming from the Huskers in the person of Ndamukong Suh.

Joe Ganz, Nebraska, QB, Sr, Palos Heights, Ill.
Joe Ganz accounted for 365 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Nebraska’s win at Kansas State. He was 16-25-1 through the air for 270 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for a career-best 95 yards and two scores. Ganz set the NU season record for completions in a game and became the program single-season leader in total offense (3,351 yards). The Palos Heights, Ill., senior has guided Nebraska to at least 30 points in nine of 11 games this season and 12 times in 14 career starts."

Interestingly enough, our opponent has the Big 12 Special Teams Plyer of the Week in Brian Banks, who returned a NU kickoff 98 yards for a score.

Brandon Banks, Kansas State, KR, Jr, Garner, N.C.
Brandon Banks returned four kickoffs for 167 yards against Nebraska, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The return tied for the second-longest in the Big 12 this season and tied for the longest in league games. It was the 13th kickoff returned for a touchdown in school history and the first since James Johnson went 85 yards for a score at Texas on Sept. 29, 2007."

Baylor's talented LB Joe Pawelek garnered the Defenisve conference honors this week in BU's victory over Texas A & M.

Joe Pawelek, Baylor, LB, Jr, San Antonio, Texas
Joe Pawelek recorded seven tackles and two interceptions, plus an additional pass break up in Baylor’s victory over Texas A&M. He leads all Bowl Subdivision linebackers with six interceptions, the most by a BU player since 1991. The San Antonio, Texas, junior intercepted a pass for the third straight game and grabbed two picks for the first time in his career. Three of Pawelek’s six interceptions this season have come in the end zone, including one of his two against Texas A&M. He is sixth nationally in tackles per game (11.0)."

Congrats to all the players involved. NU has had two other honorees this season, both on Special teams, Niles Paul on Sept. 8 for his play against San Jose St. and Nate Swift on Sept. 29 for his game against Virginia Tech, both players making big TD returns in the kicking game for NU.

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