Brian Calhoun, a junior tailback on the University of Wisconsin football team, was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week Monday.
Calhoun ran for 197 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries in the Badgers’ 41-24 win at Illinois.
This is Calhoun’s second weekly Big Ten honor this season. He also won the award after a five-touchdown performance against Bowling Green in the season-opener. Those outings tied the school single-game touchdown record, also held by Billy Marek (1974) and Anthony Davis (2002).
Calhoun is currently No. 5 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 135.3 yards per game. He leads the country with 21 touchdowns, just five away from the Big Ten single-season record. Calhoun is also fifth in the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 184.1 per game.
Calhoun shared UW’s team offensive player of the week honor with fullback Chris Pressley. It is the sixth time in nine games that Calhoun has received at least a share of the team offensive player of the week honor, and the first such award for Pressley.
Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and defensive tackle Nick Hayden shared UW’s defensive player of the week award. Hayden had six tackles, including two for loss and a sack. Shaughnessy had five tackles, including two for loss and a sack. It is the second weekly award for each player this season.
UW also honored Jason Pociask (special teams player of the week), Derek Konkol (scout offensive player of the week) and Ben Landgraf (scout defensive player of the week).
Badgers hold steady at No. 12 in BCS
Wisconsin (8-1 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) remained No. 12 in the BCS rankings for the second consecutive week. The Badgers are No. 14 in both the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris Interactive poll, and are No. 7 in the composite computer rankings.
Three other Big Ten teams are ranked in the BCS: No. 7 Penn State (8-1, 5-1), No. 10 Ohio State (6-2, 4-1) and No. 21 Michigan (6-3, 4-2).
The Badgers travel to take on Penn State Saturday at 2:36 p.m. Central on ABC.
Wisconsin/Iowa game time announced
The Badgers’ Big Ten finale against Iowa Nov. 12 at Camp Randall Stadium will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
As a result, the Nov. 12 UW men’s hockey game versus Colorado College at the Kohl Center has been pushed back from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.