Roundtree, Leshoure Share Big Ten Off. Player of the Week Honor

Melanie Maxwell |
via UM press release/
Roundtree Shares Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Award
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced Monday morning (Nov. 8) that University of Michigan slot receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) shared the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor with Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure. The two players received the award after record-setting performances in the highest scoring conference game in league history, a 67-65 triple overtime victory by the Wolverines over the Illini at Michigan Stadium (Nov. 6).

Roundtree set a Michigan record for the most receiving yards in a game with 246 yards on nine receptions and scored two touchdowns against Illinois. He broke the oldest single-game record in school history, shattering the previous mark of 197 yards on 10 catches by Jack Clancy against Oregon State on Sept. 17, 1966. Roundtree’s yardage total is the seventh-most in conference play in league history.

Roundtree got the highest-scoring game in league history started on the very first offensive play, taking a pass from Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) 75 yards for a touchdown. His second reception of the day was also a touchdown, grabbing a 33-yard catch-and-run on a fourth-down play that tied the game at 14 early in the second quarter. Roundtree wasn’t done creating big plays in the first half as he grabbed another 75-yard reception that set up Michigan’s third TD, a four-yard run by Stephen Hopkins (Double Oak, Texas/Marcus HS) in the second quarter. He finished the first half with four receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

In the second half, Roundtree added 54 receiving yards on five receptions to become the first receiving in school history with over 200 yards. He set the school record with a 17-yard catch early in the third quarter, helping set up the only scoring drive of the third quarter for either team. Former high school teammate Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS) scored on an 18-yard run through the middle of the defense.

In addition to the Big Ten Award, Roundtree was selected as the National Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Roundtree leads the Wolverines with 45 receptions for 656 yards and four touchdowns this season.

The Wolverines head to West Lafayette, Ind., for a noon EST kickoff against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network.

via Big Ten press release/
Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
JR, RB, Champaign, Ill./Centennial
Leshoure produced five touchdowns and 172 all-purpose yards to help Illinois rack up 65 points in a triple-overtime loss at Michigan. The junior running back recorded 120 yards on 24 carries with three scores and hauled in two passes for 52 yards and two more touchdowns. His five touchdowns are the second-most in school history, matching Hall of Famer Red Grange’s five scores against the Wolverines in 1924, and are tied for the fourth-most in Big Ten annals. All five of Leshoure’s touchdowns were scored after the third quarter, including scores to cap each of the Illini’s three overtime drives. He earns his second career weekly accolade after being honored on Dec. 6, 2009.
LAST ILL OFFENSIVE POW: QB Nathan Scheelhaase on Nov. 1, 2010.

Roy Roundtree, Michigan
SO, WR, Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison
Roundtree set a school record with 246 receiving yards on nine catches with a pair of touchdowns to help Michigan defeat Illinois. The sophomore wideout’s 246 yards broke the previous school record of 197 receiving yards set by Jack Clancy against Oregon State on Sept. 17, 1966. On the first offensive play of the game, Roundtree hauled in a pass and sprinted 75 yards for the score before adding a 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter on his second reception of the game. He added a 75-yard catch to set up Michigan’s third touchdown. Roundtree picks up his first career weekly laurel.
LAST MICH OFFENSIVE POW: QB Denard Robinson on Oct. 4, 2010.

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