Lewis Earns Big Ten Honor

The Big Ten Conference has tabbed IU quarterback Kellen Lewis as the league's offensive player of the week after his 336-yard, five-touchdown performance in Saturday's 41-24 win over Akron...

Bloomington, Ind. – Kellen Lewis has been tabbed as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after guiding IU to a 41-24 win over Akron Saturday.

Lewis rushed for a career-best 199 yards and completed 19-of-24 passes for another 137 yards to lead the Hoosiers (3-0) to their 17-point win at Memorial Stadium. Lewis had a hand in all five of IU's touchdowns, throwing for three scores and running for two more.

The Hoosier quarterback becomes the first IU offensive player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors since he won the award Oct. 30, 2006, after his six-touchdown performance in a 46-21 win over Michigan State. In all Lewis has won the award three times, as he was also recognized Oct. 16, 2006, after guiding IU to an upset of Iowa.

Lewis is currently ranked 15th nationally in total offense with 320.0 yards/game. He also ranks second in the category in the Big Ten to Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber (329.3/game). Lewis is averaging 105.7 yards rushing per game, which ranks 31st nationally overall and No.1 among quarterbacks.

Lewis and the Hoosiers open Big Ten play Saturday against Illinois at Noon at IU's Memorial Stadium.

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