Michigan’s Mike McCray wins Big Ten defensive honor
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.