Dec. 10, 2012
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK NAMED
Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick, Navy linebacker Keegan Wetzel, and Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played November 24th through December 8th. Riddick is honored on Offense, Wetzel is cited on Defense, and Brindza is recognized on Special Teams. The weekly honor is the third for Brindza, the second for Riddick and the first for Wetzel.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick
A senior from Manville, N.J., Riddick accumulated a game-high 179 all-purpose yards in spearheading No. 1 Notre Dame’s 22-13 win at USC—a victory that secured an appearance in the BCS Championship Game. Riddick ran 20 times for 146 yards and the game’s first touchdown, adding 33 yards on three receptions. Riddick’s fourth century-mark ground game was also the fourth of his career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Navy LB Keegan Wetzel
A senior from Palos Heights, Ill., Wetzel set a career high with 11 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, helping Navy to a Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy-clinching 17-13 win over Army at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Wetzel’s third-quarter sack was his seventh of the season, good for fourth place on Navy’s single-season tally. His 15 tackles for loss are one shy of fifth-place on the Navy single-season list.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dane K Kyle Brindza
A sophomore from Canton, Mich., Brindza tied Notre Dame’s single-game record with five field goals, including the game’s decisive kick in the fourth quarter, as No. 1 Notre Dame nailed down a BCS Championship Game berth with a 22-13 win at USC. Brindza connected from 27, 29, 52, 33 and 19 yards (missed from 34 yards) in setting the new Notre Dame single-season record for field goals made, with 23. Brindza’s 52-yarder was a career-long and is the second-longest all-time at Notre Dame; his 31 field goal attempts on the season also represent a new Irish record. Brindza also made his one PAT attempt and recorded touchbacks on two of six kickoffs.
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The FBS Independent Players of the Week are selected by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions’ coverage markets.