Big Ten Players of the Week Are Announced

The Big Ten announced its selections for Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week following the second week of play in the 2006 college football season.

Below are the Big Ten selections for Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week following the second week of play in the 2006 college football season. This information will also be included later today in the weekly press release. 


Matt Trannon, Michigan State, SR, WR, Flint, Mich./Northern

Trannon shattered the Michigan State record for single-game receptions by hauling in 14 passes for a career-best 151 yards while adding two receiving scores and one touchdown pass in a win over Eastern Michigan. The senior wideout broke the school single-game mark previously held by Plaxico Burress, who had 13 receptions against Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl. Trannon caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then delivered a scoring strike on MSU's next possession, throwing a 35-yard touchdown to A.J. Jimmerson to boost the hosts to a 24-3 advantage. Trannon added a seven-yard receiving score in the fourth quarter. The Flint, Mich., native recorded the second 100-yard receiving game of his career and climbed to eighth place on Michigan State's career list with 122 receptions. This is the first weekly honor of his career.


James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, SO, LB, Hamel, Minn./Wayzata

Laurinaitis led the Buckeyes with a career-best 13 tackles and added a tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and an interception to boost Ohio State to a road victory over Texas, the defending national champion. The Buckeyes defense, which replaced nine starters this season, held a Longhorns offense that had scored at least 40 points in 12 straight games to a single touchdown. Laurinaitis, one of those new starters, collected 10 solo stops on the night and recorded a pair of game-changing plays. After Texas drove to OSU's seven-yard line in the first quarter, the sophomore linebacker forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive back Donald Washington and returned to the 50-yard line. The Buckeyes needed only five plays to score a touchdown for a 7-0 lead. In the third quarter, Laurinaitis intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to the Texas 21-yard line to set up an OSU field goal and a 17-7 advantage. This marks the first weekly accolade of his career.


A.J. Trapasso, Ohio State, SO, P, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington

Trapasso helped Ohio State win the field position battle by averaging 50.8 yards per punt and placing a pair of boots inside the 20-yard line in a victory at Texas. The sophomore punter recorded six punts for 305 yards as his 50.8 average ranked as the third-best single-game performance in school annals. Four of his punts went 53 or more yards, including a long of 59 yards on his first kick of the day. His shortest punt went 39 yards and was downed at the Longhorns' six-yard line. Trapasso leads the Big Ten with an average of 49.7 yards per punt this season. He picks up the first conference weekly laurel of his career.

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