Oct. 20, 2008
IOWA CITY – – University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene and linebacker Pat Angerer have been named Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. The announcement came today from the Big Ten office.
This announcement marks the first time, since the weekly awards were initiated in 1987, that Iowa players earned offensive and defensive honors, the same week.
The awards came following their outstanding performances in helping Iowa reclaim the Heartland Trophy in a 38-16 victory over Wisconsin last Saturday.
Greene, a junior from Sicklerville, NJ, outscored the Badgers by himself, scoring 24 points with four rushing touchdowns while rushing for 217 yards on 25 carries. His four rushing scores (12, 34, 34 and 52) and 24 points equaled school records and matched the Kinnick Stadium records, by an Iowa player. Greene’s 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter pushed him over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. He became the 12th Hawkeye, and second-fastest, to reach 1,000 yards.
Greene’s 217 yards ties Nick Bell for the sixth-most rushing yards in a single-game in school history. The junior has topped the century mark eight-straight games and nine times in his career. He is the first Hawkeye to ever eclipse 100 yards in eight-straight contests. Furthermore, he is the only Football Bowl Subdivision running back to rush for over 100 yards the first eight games this season. This marks the first weekly Big Ten honor of Greene’s career. The last Hawkeye to win the offensive award was Ed Hinkel on Nov. 21, 2005.
Angerer, a native of Bettendorf, posted career highs in tackles (16) and interceptions (2) against the Badgers. Twelve of his game-high 16 tackles came in the first half. The junior helped secure the victory with a pair of four-quarter thefts, returning them 19 yards. Both interceptions led to 10 Hawkeye points. The 16 tackles are the most by an Iowa player since Mike Humpal registered 18 vs. Michigan State in a double-overtime contest Oct. 27, 2007. This marks the first weekly conference honor of Angerer’s career.
Greene and Angerer become the third and fourth Hawkeyes to earn a Big Ten weekly award this season. WR Andy Brodell earned special teams accolades after the Iowa State game and DT Karl Klug picked up defensive honors after the Florida International contest.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are idle this week and will look for their third-straight win at Illinois on Nov. 1.