Lewis named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Indiana’s Kellen Lewis has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He’s the first Hoosier to win the award twice in one season since Levron Williams in 2001 and IU’s first freshman to win it twice since Antwaan Randle El in 1998. Lewis previously received the honor on Oct. 16 after IU’s win over Iowa.

Here’s more about Lewis from the Big Ten’s news release: Lewis was responsible for six touchdowns, including a career-high five scoring strikes and one rushing score, while setting personal bests with 336 yards of total offense and 261 passing yards to lead Indiana past Michigan State.

The freshman quarterback completed 15 of 26 passes (57.7 percent) while adding 75 yards on 14 carries as the Hoosiers piled up 46 points, the school’s highest scoring output since putting 56 points on the board against Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2001. Lewis’ five touchdown passes were the most by an Indiana signal caller in a Big Ten contest and tied for the second-highest total in school history. The last Hoosier to throw five scoring strikes was Jay Rodgers in 1997 against Ball State.

Lewis also became just the fourth conference quarterback in the last five years to toss five or more touchdowns in a game, joining Michigan State’s Drew Stanton (2005), Purdue’s Kyle Orton (2004) and Wisconsin’s Jim Sorgi (2003). The Florida native tossed four of his touchdown passes to wideout James Hardy, which marked a new school record and tied for the second-highest total in Big Ten annals.