Linebacker Dontez Sanders and defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne were named Wisconsin's co-defensive players of the week Monday for their efforts in the Badgers' 24-7 win over Illinois Saturday.
Sanders led all players with 13 tackles, 2 ½ for loss. He also notched the first two sacks of his career, forcing a fumble on the second. Sanders leads Wisconsin with 33 tackles through five games.
Hawthorne fought through persistent double teams Saturday and had three tackles.
Sanders, Hawthorne split team defensive honors
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