UM's Peoples-Jones, MSU's Coghlin share Big Ten special teams honors

The Detroit News

Donovan Peoples-Jones is on a touchdown tear for Michigan, while Matt Coghlin just celebrated his first for Michigan State.

Both were good enough to earn Big Ten honors this week.

Michigan State kicker Matt Coghlin turns the corner and scores a touchdown on a trick play in the third quarter Saturday night against Indiana.

Peoples-Jones, a sophomore receiver from Detroit Cass Tech, and Coghlin, a sophomore kicker, shared Big Ten special teams player of the week honors, announced Monday.

Peoples-Jones returned a punt 60 yards for a third-quarter touchdown in Saturday's 56-10 demolition of Nebraska — his fourth touchdown in the last seven quarters (and five for the season).

Coghlin, meanwhile, turned a trick play into his first career touchdown in Michigan State's 35-21 victory over Indiana. Coghlin took a pitch from holder Brian Lewerke on a fake field-goal attempt, and rumbled six yards for a touchdown. Coghlin's extra point gave the Spartans a 28-7 lead at the time.

Coghlin was 5-for-5 on extra-point attempts en route to his second career Big Ten special teams player of the week honor.


Co-offensive players of the week

►Dwayne Haskins, QB, So., Ohio State

►Miles Sanders, RB, Jr., Penn State

Defensive player of the week

►Tre Watson, LB, Sr., Maryland

Co-special teams players of the week

►Matt Coghlin, K, So., Michigan State

►Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, So., Michigan

Co-freshmen of the week

►Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland

►Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue