Football notebook: weekly honors

Brian Calhoun's laurels mount; Calhoun and Williams up for national honors; Thomas co-team offensive player of the week

Tailback Brian Calhoun, not surprisingly, racked up multiple awards following his 258-yard, five-touchdown performance in Wisconsin's 56-42 win over Bowling Green Saturday.

Calhoun was not only named Wisconsin's co-offensive player of the week and the Big Ten offensive player of the week, but he is also one of four finalists for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week. Also included in that list of finalists is Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs, who threw for 458 yards and five touchdowns against Wisconsin.

Fans who want to vote for the national player of the week can do so by text messaging their vote. Text "VOTE" to "87654" and, following the prompts, vote for the candidate of choice. Fans have until Sept. 7 at 10:59 p.m. CST to vote.

Senior receiver and punt and kick returner Brandon Williams has been nominated for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week after he scampered for an 85-yard kickoff return Saturday, setting a new school record for kickoff return yardage. That career-high 85-yard kickoff return came after Bowling Green had taken a 20-7 lead on a 63-yard touchdown pass by Jacobs, and swung the momentum in the Badgers' favor. Williams' run back set up an eight-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Matt Bernstein; the second of five UW touchdowns scored in the second quarter.

Fans can vote for their favorite play of the week at The winner's school will receive $5,000 for its general scholarship fund. Fans have until Sept. 7 at 10:59 p.m. to vote for the play of the week.

Fans last year voted for now-departed Wisconsin cornerback Scott Starks' 40-yard fumble return Oct. 16 at Purdue as the Game Changing Play of the Year.

Wisconsin names team players of the week

Wisconsin named Brian Calhoun as its co-offensive player of the week, along with junior left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas starred on an offensive line that allowed Calhoun and junior tailback Booker Stanley to combine for 361 yards and six touchdowns rushing.

Sophomore right defensive end Jamal Cooper was named the team's defensive player of the week for his five tackles against Bowling Green Saturday. Williams was named the Badgers' special teams player of the week.

The scout team players of the week were junior wide receiver Derek Konkol (offense) and true freshman defensive end Terrance Jamison (defense).

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