Marcus Oliver earned the Big Ten’s attention.
His two sacks and two forced fumbles in Saturday’s game against Maryland allowed him to become the first Hoosier in 11 years to collect the league’s weekly Defensive Player of the Week honor.
The last IU player to receive the award was John Pannozzo on Sept. 5, 2005. Oliver shared this week’s honors with Wisconsin linebacker Ryan Connelly.
Oliver’s two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss were career highs, while his 10th and 11th forced fumbles of his career set a new school record.
“Marcus Oliver played a very strong game, was our defense player of the game,” Wilson said. “He had nine tackles, two sacks, two caused fumbles. Played really good in the second half, in particular.”
Freshman running back Tyler Natee joined Oliver on the conference’s list of honorees. As a wildcat quarterback, Natee gave Indiana’s offense a boost early in the first quarter. He set career highs with 18 carries and 111 rushing yards, while scoring on a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.