Oct. 29, 2012
Minnesota senior defensive back Michael Carter and freshman quarterback Philip Nelson were honored today by the Big Ten for their play against Purdue last Saturday. Carter was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Nelson was named Co-Freshman of the Week.
Carter tied a program record with six pass breakups last Saturday against Purdue and also returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown. The score was the first of his Minnesota career and gave Minnesota a 41-7 lead early in the third quarter. Carter also recorded six tackles and helped hold Purdue to 198 passing yards.
Nelson led the Gophers to victory in his first career home start. He threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns as Minnesota scored 44 unanswered points against Purdue. Nelson, who also rushed for 37 yards, led the Gophers on seven consecutive scoring drives in the win.
Carter is the second Gopher to be honored as the Defensive Player of the Week, joining Derrick Wells who was recognized after his two interception performance at UNLV this year. The Big Ten starting giving out the Freshman of the Week award in 2010 and Nelson is the first Gopher to be honored.
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