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MSU’s Reschke, Geiger earn Big Ten weekly honors

The Detroit News

Michigan State’s huge victory Saturday over Ohio State, earned a pair of Spartans weekly honors from the Big Ten.

Sophomore linebacker Jon Reschke was named the Big Ten’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while junior kicker Michael Geiger was named the Big Ten’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

Reschke, a Birmingham Brother Rice product, has six tackles, including a sack, in the Spartans’ 17-14 victory that put them firmly back in the picture for both Big Ten title contention and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

“Jon Reschke was a difference maker against Ohio State on Saturday,” Michigan State co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel said in a news release from MSU. “Jon played aggressive football, anticipating plays and pulling his trigger. He wanted to be the most physical player on the field, and he succeeded.  As a first-year starter, Jon has grown into not only a reliable player, but a guy we can count on to make big plays in crucial situations.”

Reschke was part of a unit that held Ohio State to 132 total yards. It’s his first Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Geiger, meanwhile, drilled the winning field goal as time expired to earn his first Big Ten weekly honor.

“Michael Geiger said he felt good in pre-game warm-ups kicking in that direction from any spot on the field, so that gave him a lot of confidence when called upon in closing seconds,” MSU linebackers/special teams coach Mark Snyder said in the release. “He went out there with the game on the line and delivered a clutch kick.”

MSU was earned 11 weekly honors from the Big Ten this season.


Offensive Player of the Week: Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana

Co-Defensive Players of the Week: Jon Reschke, LB, Michigan State; Deonte Gibson, DE, Northwestern

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week: Griffin Oakes, K, Indiana; Michael Geiger, K, Michigan State

Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks, RB, Minnesota