Giannini Honored With Conference Award

Gophers freshman kicker Jason Giannini earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.

University of Minnesota freshman kicker Jason Giannini was named Big Ten Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort during the Gophers' 23-20 win over Michigan. The victory was the first time the Gophers defeated the Wolverines since 1986, a span of 19 years and 16 games.

Giannini, a Canton, Ohio native, kicked field goals of 29, 26 and 30 yards during the game, the last coming with one second remaining to help the Gophers to the victory. For the year, Giannini has made 10 field goals in 12 attempts and is second on the Gopher team in scoring with 49 points. He ranks second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 83.3 percent and field goals per game at 1.67.

The award is the second Player of the Week honor for the Gophers this season after Laurence Maroney earned co-Offensive Player of the Week recognition following his 217-yard rushing performance during Minnesota's 42-35 double overtime win against Purdue on Sept. 24. Rhys Lloyd earned Minnesota's last special teams Player of the Week award during the 2003 season after kicking a 35-yard field goal on the final play of the game to defeat Wisconsin.

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