Michigan’s Mike McCray wins Big Ten defensive honor

The Detroit News
Mike McCray

Michigan linebacker Mike McCray has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Wolverines’ season-opening win over Hawaii.

McCray (6-4, 248), a senior from Trotwood, Ohio, had two sacks, one forced fumble, 3.5 tackles for loss and a team-high nine tackles in Michigan’s 63-3 win.

“We talked about it all week, just going out there and showing everybody what we’re all about,” McCray said after the game. “We had a great defense last year, and we want to be better than we were last year. I felt like we made a good statement.”

Hawaii finished with 232 yards of total offense after entering halftime with just 72 yards, including minus-16 yards rushing.

Other Week 1 Big Ten winners:

Offense: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett – Completed 21-of-31 passes for 349 yards and six TD in a win over Bowling Green. Added one rushing TD and finished with 379 total yards of offense

Special teams: Wisconsin K Rafael Gaglianone – Made 47-yard FG with 3:47 left to give the Badgers a win over No. 5 LSU. Was 3-for-3 on FG during the game, also connecting from 30 and 48 yards.

Freshman: Iowa DE Anthony Nelson – Had six tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in Iowa’s win over Miami of Ohio.

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