Leonhard, Allen Named Big Ten Players of the Week

Jim Leonhard and Mike Allen were named the Big Ten's defensive and special teams players of the week Monday morning.

Sophomores Jim Leonhard and Mike Allen were named Big Ten Players of the Week for the first time for their performances in the Fresno State opener.

Leonhard, in his first game as a starter at strong safety, had two interceptions and five pass breakups (including the final play of the game), the second-highest total in UW history. The 5-8 sophomore also had six tackles (four solo) and returned his two picks for 24 yards. He is the first Badger sophomore to register two picks in a game since Jamar Fletcher at Purdue on Nov. 6, 1999.

Allen, who got off to a rocky start on a 49-yard field goal attempt that landed nowhere close to the goalpost, recovered to hit his remaining three attempts. He hit the game-winner from 34 yards with 2:05 remaining, while also connecting from 27 and 35 yards. Allen is the first UW kicker to hit three field goals in regulation since Vitaly Pisetsky had four on October 23, 1999 against Michigan State.

Ohio State's Maurice Clarett was named Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first freshman since 1990 and second in league history to earn that honor after the first weekend of play. The former USA Today Offensive Player of the Year in high school had 175 yards on only 21 carries (8.3 yards per attempt) in his first collegiate action.

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