Another week - another Badger Big Ten award

The Big Ten has named PJ Hill as the offensive player of the week for his 249 yard performance vs. Northwestern on Saturday.

MADISON, Wis. - For the second consecutive week, the University of Wisconsin football team had a player named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as freshman running back P.J. Hill earned the award along with Ohio State QB Troy Smith, the conference office announced today.

Last Saturday against Northwestern, Hill carried the ball a career-high 35 times for a career-best 249 yards, averaging a whopping 7.1 yards per carry. Less than 10 minutes into the game, the East Elmhurst, N.Y., native already racked up 102 yards rushing.

Hill's feat was the 10th-best rushing performance in UW history and the most yards for a Badger running back since Brian Calhoun had 258 yards against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, 2005. It was also the fourth-best performance by a UW freshman, behind three games by Ron Dayne in 1996.

In the first quarter, Hill reeled off a 60-yard touchdown run, the Badgers' longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest run by a UW player since Brian Calhoun had a 60-yard run in the 2006 Capital One Bowl vs. Auburn.

Hill currently ranks No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the conference with 141.2 rushing yards per game, and he is No. 8/No. 2 in scoring with 10 points per game.

The Player of the Week award is Hill's first and gives Wisconsin four for the season, behind only Ohio State's five.


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