Nov. 29, 2010
MADISON, Wis. – Senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and junior defensive end J.J. Watt have been named the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference announced on Monday. Both players were instrumental in the Badgers’ 70-23, Big Ten title-clinching victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
By completing 15-of-19 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns, Tolzien recorded the fifth-highest single-game pass efficiency mark in school history at 250.1 in Wisconsin's win. All four of Tolzien’s touchdown passes came in the Badgers’ 35-point second quarter, first connecting on an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Gilreath and then on a 29-yard TD pass to Lance Kendricks.
The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native also connected twice on scoring plays with Nick Toon, both from 11 yards out. Nearly all of Tolzien’s damage came in the first half as he threw only a 40-yard pass to David Gilreath in the second half. On the season, Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes and has an efficiency mark of 169.8, both of which would break school records.
It’s the second Player of the Week award for Tolzien in his career, as he also won the award for his four-touchdown performance against Michigan State last season.
Watt filled up the stat sheet against Northwestern.
He recorded seven tackles, 3.0 TFLs for a loss of 19 yards and 1.0 sack for 12 yards. In addition, Watt forced two fumbles, both of which UW recovered. He also blocked an extra point and recorded three quarterback hurries, all of which resulted in interceptions for the Badgers.
On the season, Watt has 21.0 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, three blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Watt has now been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and three times in his career. He was also recognized for his performance at Iowa earlier this year and for last season’s win at Hawaii.