DeBauche leads weekly honors

Sophomore punter named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week; Calhoun, Hampton among team honorees

Ken DeBauche, the University of Wisconsin football team's sophomore punter, was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week Monday morning.

In the Badgers' 14-5 win at North Carolina Saturday night, DeBauche averaged 46.7 yards per seven punts. His net average was 42.3 yards per punt, as UW held the Tar Heels to 31 yards on five punt returns.

All but one of DeBauche's punts Saturday went 45 yards or more. The exception was his last attempt of the evening, a 34-yarder late in the fourth quarter that was downed at the UNC 10, one of four punts DeBauche placed inside the 20.

The net distance on DeBauche's three previous second-half punts was 53, 50 and 51 yards, respectively.

Through three games, DeBauche leads the Big Ten with a 47.2 yards per punt average. The Badgers are sixth in the conference with a 38.1 net average.

DeBauche shared Wisconsin's team special teams player of the week honor with Zach Hampton. A reserve safety, Hampton made one special teams tackle Saturday — taking down UNC punt returner Brandon Tate for a three-yard loss after a 48-yard four-quarter punt. Hampton also batted a 53-yard third-quarter punt into play, helping UW down it at the UNC 2.

Team player of the week wrap

Junior tailback Brian Calhoun was named the Badgers' offensive player of the week, for his 171-yard, 2-touchdown performance. It is Calhoun's second team weekly honor of the season.

With eight touchdowns in three games, Calhoun leads the nation in scoring (16 points per game). He is No. 3 in rushing (157 yards per game) and No. 4 in all-purpose yards (185.3 per game).

Wisconsin team stats

Juniors strong safety Joe Stellmacher and linebacker Mark Zalewski shared the Badgers' defensive player of the week honor. Stellmacher led the team with 11 tackles, including a very good play when he stopped receiver Wallace Wright for no gain on a third-quarter reverse.

Zalewski was second on the team with seven tackles. He also broke up two passes and had a tackle for loss.

True freshman tailback Dion Foster was named scout offensive player of the week. Sophomore defensive end Adam Purcell was named scout defensive player of the week.

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