Football player of the week wrap

Badgers spread praise from Northwestern game

Seven players split Wisconsin's offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week honors, which were announced Monday for performances in the Badgers' 24-12 win over Northwestern, Oct. 23

Seniors receiver Darrin Charles and left guard Dan Buenning shared the offensive award. Charles caught four passes for a season-high 83 yards, while Buenning helped pave the way for an offense that picked up 208 yards and two touchdowns rushing and 386 total yards, Wisconsin's second-highest single-game tally this season.

Senior free safety Jim Leonhard and sophomore linebacker Mark Zalewski shared Wisconsin's defensive honor. Zalewski tallied eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss and broke up a pass. Leonhard had a team-high nine tackles and also broke up a pass.

Zalewski is now second on the team with nine tackles for loss this season, while Leonhard is second with 43 tackles.

Three players shared Wisconsin's special teams player of the week: Taylor Mehlhaff, Ben Strickland and Jason Pociask.

True freshman Mehlhaff continued an impressive season as the Badgers' kickoff specialist. His first attempt was fielded at the six-yard line and returned for zero yards. His four additional kickoffs all resulted in touchbacks.

Strickland, a redshirt freshman reserve cornerback, blocked a punt at the end of Northwestern's first possession, giving Wisconsin possession at the Wildcat 14. The Badgers failed to score, however.

Pociask, a junior tight end, is a highly regarded member of most of Wisconsin's special teams units.

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