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Clay, Schofield net Big Ten honors

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October 6, 2009

Sophomore running back John Clay and senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield were each named Big Ten Players of the Week for their performances in Wisconsin’s win over Minnesota on Saturday.


Clay earned offensive honors after running for a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns, while Schofield won for the defensive side of the ball after recording six tackles, 3.5 TFLs, two sacks and a forced fumble.


This is just the second time in school history that Wisconsin has earned both the offensive and defensive player of the week honors without sharing the award during a full conference schedule. The only other time was on Sept. 30, 1995, when quarterback Darrell Bevell earned the offensive honor and linebacker Daryl Carter was the defensive Player of the Week.


Wisconsin swept the awards on both Nov. 28, 2005 and Aug. 27, 2001 but the Badgers were the only conference team to play those weeks.


Clay currently leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the country in rushing, averaging 116.4 yards per game. His seven touchdowns lead the conference and are tied for 12th in the NCAA. Against Minnesota, 26 of his 32 carries came in the second half as did 159 of his yards.


Schofield leads the Big Ten in both sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) and is tied for the NCAA lead in TFLs. His forced fumble on Minnesota’s final play ensured that the Badgers would win the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe for a sixth consecutive season.



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