November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) avoids a tackle by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Demetrius Dugar (22) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Big Ten weekly awards

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Michigan backup quarterback Devin Gardner was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week alongside Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. Gardner accounted for four touchdowns and led the Wolverines to a come-from-behind, overtime victory against Northwestern Saturday. Ball rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana.

Kawann Short was named defensive player of the week in the conference after he recorded four tackles for loss for Purdue against Iowa.

Nebraska kicker Brett Maher was named special teams player of the week for nailing all three of his field goals against Penn State.

Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim recorded 15 tackles against Minnesota, which was enough to earn him the freshman of the week award.

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