Meyer earns Big Ten honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa junior PK Mike Meyer has been named co-special teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten Conference for his play in Iowa's 18-17 win over Northern Illinois. The announcement came Monday from the Big Ten Conference office.
Meyer (6-foot 2, 185 pounds), is a native of Dubuque and attend Wahlert HS. He connected on field goals of 34, 29, 22 and 50 yards, while missing a 40-yard attempt just to the right. The 50-yarder ties a career long (at Iowa State, 2011) and the four treys in a game match his career high (at Iowa State, 2011 and at Indiana, 2010). The five attempts tie Iowa's single-game record, which he also shares.
The 50-yard kick last Saturday came in the fourth quarter and allowed the Hawkeyes to rally for an 18-17 win.
The Big Ten honor is the second for Meyer, who is on the preseason Watch List for the Lou Groza Award. Meyer has 171 career points to ranks 11th on Iowa's career list. He has made 32-42 (.762) career field goal attempts.
Iowa plays its first home game of the season Saturday, hosting Iowa State (2:42 p.m., BTN) in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series battle.
Here is the full press release from the Big Ten Conference.
Following the first week of college football, the initial offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week's honorees:
Offensive Co-Players of the Week
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
Jr., RB, Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison
· Recorded career-highs with 210 rushing yards and 44 carries, scoring two touchdowns to help Michigan State defeat nationally ranked Boise State on Friday night
· Amassed a career-best 265 all-purpose yards, more than Boise State's total offensive yards (206) for the game
· Scored the Spartans' only touchdowns of the game, including the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter
· Records his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week selection and third overall honor, having earned two Freshman of the Week awards during the 2010 season
· Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Kirk Cousins (Oct. 24, 2011)
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Jr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
· Threw for a career-high 354 yards and tied a career best with five touchdown strikes to lead the Huskers to an opening-day victory over Southern Miss
· Completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 percent) and became the sixth Nebraska quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 career yards
· Guided Nebraska to 632 yards of total offense, the most in fifth-year coach Bo Pelini's tenure
· Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award
· Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Oct. 10, 2011)
Defensive Player of the Week
Derrick Wells, Minnesota
So., DB, Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh
· Tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added two interceptions to help Minnesota to a road win at UNLV on Thursday night
· Intercepted his first pass midway through the fourth quarter to set up Minnesota's go-ahead field goal
· Picked off his second pass in the third overtime, allowing Minnesota to kick the game-winning field goal
· Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
· Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Kim Royston (Nov. 28, 2011)
Special Teams Co-Players of the Week
Mike Meyer, Iowa
Jr., PK, Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert
· Booted four field goals, tying a career best, against Northern Illinois, accounting for 12 points in the Hawkeyes' 18-17 victory over the Huskies
· Converted on field goals from 22, 29, 34 and 50 yards, with the 50-yarder coming with 9:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the NIU lead to one possession
· Wins his second career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor
· Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Meyer (Nov. 8, 2010)
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Jr., PR/KR, Tomball, Texas/St. Pius X
· Scored Northwestern's first touchdown in a 42-41 win over Syracuse with an 82-yard punt return in the opening quarter
· Totaled 134 punt return yards, breaking a 21-year-old single-game school record, and collected 49 kickoff return yards, making him NU's all-time kickoff return yardage leader with 1,513
· Matched a career high with 281 all-purpose yards, including the first touchdown catch of his career
· Wins his second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor
· Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Venric Mark (Nov. 29, 2010)
Freshman of the Week
Frankie Williams, Purdue
DB, Tampa, Fla./Coral Gables
· Led the Purdue defense with six tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup in Purdue's 48-6 win over Eastern Kentucky
· Was part of a Purdue defense that held EKU to 85 passing yards on the day
· Wins his first career weekly award
· Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Raheem Mostert (Nov. 7, 2011)