Sept. 20, 2004

Ohio State senior kicker and co-captain Mike Nugent has been named as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. In Saturday’s 22-14 win over North Carolina State, Nugent kicked five field goals (50, 30, 33, 46 and 47 yards) to tie a school record for most field goals in a game. He also tied his own school record for most 40-yard plus field goals in a game with three. Nugent has made seven consecutive field goals including a career-long 55-yard attempt as time ran out in a 24-21 win over Marshall two weeks ago. He opened up the N.C. State game with a 50-yard trey thus becoming the first OSU player to kick consecutive 50-yard field goals. With 16 points on Saturday, Nugent now has 285 career points, leaving him 63 points shy of the school record of 348 currently held by Pete Johnson (1973-76). During his career, Nugent has made 56 of 70 field goal attempts (80%). The school record for field goals made is 59 by Dan Stultz (1996-2000). Nugent is eight-of-nine in the field goal department this year, the lone miss coming from 53 yards (plenty of distance but wide right). He also has made 54 consecutive PATs.

The Big Ten has announced the following student-athletes as the Big Ten Football Players of the Week for their performances last weekend.

Marion Barber III, Minnesota
JR, RB, Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata
Barber III led Minnesota’s explosive ground attack in a road victory at Colorado State with 201 yards on 31 carries, both career-highs, while tallying a pair of rushing touchdowns. The junior running back scored on a 19-yard dash against the Rams before breaking loose for a career-long 61-yard gallop for another score. The 2003 First Team All-Big Ten selection now has nine career games with multiple scores, including all three outings this season, and 30 career rushing touchdowns which rates third in school history, just four behind his father who starred at Minnesota from 1977-80. Barber III also moved into sixth place in school annals with 2,435 yards, a total that now includes 11 100-yard efforts. This is his first Big Ten weekly honor.

Erasmus James, Wisconsin
SR, DE, Pembroke Pines, Fla./McArthur
James highlighted a Badgers defense that limited Arizona to a single touchdown in a 9-7 road victory, as he compiled five tackles, including four solo stops, two sacks (-25 yards), a half a tackle for loss, a pass broken up and a forced fumble. Wisconsin limited the hosts to only 199 yards for the game, including just 96 rushing yards. James, who missed last season due to injury, earns his second Player of the Week accolade, as he was first honored more than three years ago on August 27, 2001, following his collegiate debut.

Mike Nugent, Ohio State
SR, K, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville
Nugent repeats as the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all five of his field goal attempts, including three from 46 yards or longer, in a victory at North Carolina State. The senior’s five field goals marked a career-best, as he hit from 50, 30, 33, 46 and 47 yards while adding an extra point to tally 16 of OSU’s 22 points in the game. Nugent’s five field goals equaled a school record set by Bob Atha against Indiana on October 24, 1981.