Lucky Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky was named Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the Big 12 Conference for his performance during Saturday's 56-0 win over Troy. The award is the first career honor for Lucky, who is also the first Husker to be recognized by the league office in 2006.

The North Hollywood, Calif., native turned in his finest performance in a Husker uniform against the Trojans, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns—both career highs—on only 10 carries. The 15.6 per-carry average was the best for a Husker with at least 10 carries in a game since Damon Benning registered 173 yards on 10 carries against Pacific in 1995.

Marlon Lucky pushed the Nebraska offense to a fast start with a 34-yard touchdown run on the game's opening drive. He later added two other long scoring runs of 45 and 51 yards. Each of Lucky's three long rushes surpassed his previous career-long run entering Saturday's contest of 13 yards (Nicholls State).

The Big 12 offensive award is the fourth such honor for a Husker player in the last two years. Senior quarterback Zac Taylor was tabbed following a record-shattering passing performance last year against Iowa State. In addition to Taylor, junior linebacker Bo Ruud and former punter Sam Koch were named Big 12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, in 2005.

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