Lewis co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Released this morning by IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Kellen Lewis picked up his fifth career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday morning. Lewis shared the award with Illinois quarterback Juice Williams. Lewis is the first Hoosier since current Washington Redskin Antwaan Randle El (six from 1998-2001) to earn five conference POW honors.

Randle El and Anthony Thompson (1986-89) hold the IU record with six Big Ten weekly accolades. Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (1996-99) holds the league record with nine Player of the Week awards.

Lewis and the Hoosiers knocked off Western Kentucky, 31-13, in the team’s season opener on Saturday. With his 11-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher against Western Kentucky, the junior topped Antwaan Randle El on the school’s career passing touchdown list. Lewis would add a second TD later in the ballgame to give him 44 for his career, passing Randle El’s total of 42. He finished the day completing 17-of-27 for 144 yards.

To go along with his two TDs and 144 yards through the air, Kellen Lewis went over 100 yards rushing for the third time in his career. He finished with 185 yards on nine carries in the game, the fifth-highest rushing total by an IU quarterback in school history. Randle El had three games with more rushing yards and Lewis ran for 199 against Akron last year. The nine carries tied for the fewest by a 100-yard rusher in IU history, matching Josiah Sears’ nine carries for 100 yards against Wisconsin in 2006.

Lewis’ 75-yard TD run in the first quarter was a career long and it was the first TD run of 70 yards or more by a Hoosier since Levron Williams broke off an 80 yarder against Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001. He added a 62-yard TD run in the fourth for his third-career two-touchdown game on the ground. He became the first player in IU history to record two 60-plus yard TD rushes in a single game.

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  • HiggiStardust says:

    Awesome…this should solidify Lewis as the No.1 quarterback, and now he can concentrate on creating some chemistry with his group of young receivers. Once IU has shown that they are still dangerous through the air (without Hardy and Bailey) they will be able to do more in establishing the running game. I’d like to see IU use the game next week to see if they can establish game-time roles for their myriad of young receivers.

  • TD says:

    I can’t believe Juice was co-player of the week. Anyone who watched that game knows he looked terrible. He’s got a gun but he’s terribly innacurate and makes poor decisions. He is the reason his team didn’t win.

  • Mike P says:

    I can’t believe Juice was co-player of the week. Anyone who watched that game knows he looked terrible. He’s got a gun but he’s terribly innacurate and makes poor decisions. He is the reason his team didn’t win.

    As much as I dislike Juice, he accounted for 461 yards (Lewis for 329) and 5 TD’s (Lewis 4 TD’s), while throwing 2 picks (Lewis had 1). He completed 61.9% of his passes compared to 62.9% for Lewis.

    Both Missouri and Illinois turned the ball over twice, both teams had an interception returned for a TD.

    Both offense’s managed to score 5 TD’s, both defenses scored a TD. The difference was a 99 yard special teams TD for Missouri and the fact that the Missouri rushing attack garnered 226 yards compared to a meager 81 yards by Illinois and help put them in position to add a field goal.

    I hate that he did it, but Juice earned his share with Lewis.

  • TD says:

    You’re right, but you have to admit his stats were seriously inflated by those two blown coverage touchdowns where there wasn’t a defender within 15yds of the reciever.

  • Mike P says:


    Yes they were, but that is part of the game. Coverage is blown, QB reads it, and delievers the pass.

    By the way, did you catch that Tennesee/UCLA game last night?

  • HiggiStardust says:

    Man, I wish IU was scheduled to play Michigan in Bloomington this year instead of Wisconsin!

  • Kyle says:

    Kellen Lewis might have the best career of any IU football player in history.

    Likewise, I wish IU was playing Michigan this year. Michigan’s offense last week looked like IU’s offense whenever they play Ohio State. I definitely think Kellen would have a great game against them.

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