Casillas wins Big Ten player of week award

Big Ten honors play of Badger special teams by awarding Co-Big Ten Special Teams player of the week award to Jonathon Casillas.

MADISON, Wis. The Big Ten Conference office announced today that University of Wisconsin sophomore Jonathan Casillas has been selected as Big Ten Special Teams Co-Player of the Week.

Casillas earned his first such award by blocking a punt against Bowling Green on Saturday, then recovering it in the end zone to give the Badgers their first lead of the game (14-7). The blocked punt was Casillas' third in 13 career games.

The linebacker from New Brunswick, N.J., also was a force on defense, racking up 12 tackles and 2.5 TFLs.

In 2005, Casillas blocked a punt against Minnesota that teammate Ben Strickland recovered for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning score with less than one minute remaining in the game. He also blocked a punt against Illinois, helping UW put the game out of reach after it scored two plays later.

Casillas shares the award with Northwestern senior TE/FB Erryn Cobb, who also blocked and recovered a punt.

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