A series of middling performances (even in wins) has kept Iowa players from earning much recognition from the Big Ten's weekly player of the week awards, but a thorough 48-7 drubbing of Northwestern has prompted the Big Ten to give some well-deserved recognition to a pair of Iowa players after Saturday.
First up, Louis Trinca-Pasat earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors (with Michigan's Jake Ryan):
The #B1G Co-Defensive POW are Louis-Trinca Pasat of @HawkeyeFootball and Jake Ryan of @umichfootball. pic.twitter.com/DxFCHXcc0n— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) November 3, 2014
LTP had five tackles and three sacks and earned the nod despite barely playing in the second half; imagine what he could have done to beleaguered Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian if he'd played the entier game! It's the first player of the week designation of Trinca-Pasat's career, and the first such recognition of Iowa defender since Drew Ott earned PotW status after Iowa's come-from-behind win against Ball State two months ago.
Next up, Akrum Wadley capped off a breakout weekend by being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week:
The #B1G Freshman of the Week is @HawkeyeFootball's Akrum Wadley. pic.twitter.com/0JF7oIsniP— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) November 3, 2014
Unlike LTP, Wadley did most of his damage in the second half. But 106 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (a sizzling 7.1 ypc average) was still a mighty fine performance -- and the best debut performance by an Iowa running back since Brandon Wegher in 2009. Wadley became the first Big Ten Freshman of the Week since Desmond King was recognized after a standout performance in last year's loss to Ohio State.
Full Big Ten player of the week honorees here.