Football: players of the week

Brian Calhoun and the front five take top offensive honors

For the third time in four weeks, junior tailback Brian Calhoun was named one of the University of Wisconsin football team's players of the week. Monday, following the Badgers' 23-20 win over Michigan Saturday night, Calhoun was named co-offensive player of the week, sharing the honor with the entire offensive line.

UW's offense versus the Wolverines focused mightily on Calhoun and the running game. Calhoun ran the ball 35 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Both Calhoun and the Badgers' offensive front looked stronger after halftime. Calhoun ran 12 times for 53 yards in the first half, and 23 times for 102 yards in the second half.

Calhoun also caught seven passes for 59 yards.

Defensively, strong safety Johnny White and defensive end Joe Monty shared the team's weekly honor.

White entered the game in place of injured starter Joe Stellmacher and had a huge impact on the outcome. He forced a fumble that led to the Badgers' first touchdown and intercepted a pass on UM's next possession. White also had eight tackles, including a team-high four solo.

Monty had four tackles, all assists, and was very strong at the point of attack, helping the Badgers hold Michigan to 133 total yards in the second half and maintaining the level of consistency he has demonstrated all season.

The co-special teams players of the week were punter Ken DeBauche and place kicker Taylor Mehlhaff.

DeBauche averaged 46 yards per punt Saturday and dropped three of six attempts inside the 20. He is ranked fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten in punting with a 46.8 yards-per-punt average.

Mehlhaff was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, connecting from 35, 43 and 27 yards out.

True freshman defensive end Terrance Jamison was named scout team defensive player of the week for the second time this season.

Jarmal Ruffin, a true freshman who played free safety during fall training camp, was named scout offensive player of the week. Coming out of high school, Ruffin (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) was projected as a potential wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, linebacker or safety.

This was the first week of the season in which a Badger was not named one of the Big Ten's players of the week. Monday, those honors went to Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton (co-offense; 20 of 26 passing for 259 yards and five touchdowns), Minnesota tailback Laurence Maroney (co-offense; 46 rushes for 217 yards), Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny (defense; 22 tackles, 14 solo), and Northwestern kicker Joel Howells (special teams; tied Big Ten record with five field goals).

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