MINNEAPOLIS A pair of freshman on the Gophers football team earned weekly honors for their performances in Saturday's 44-28 win over Purdue.
Freshman quarterback Philip Nelson was named co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week, while senior cornerback Michael Carter was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Saturday was just the second career start for Nelson, a standout at Mankato West High School and the former top-ranked prep quarterback in the state of Minnesota. Against the Boilermakers, Nelson was 15-of-22 for 246 yards and three touchdowns all in the first half. He connected on touchdown passes of 34, 38 and 63 yards as the Gophers build a comfortable 34-7 halftime lead.
Nelson shared the weekly award with Nebraska freshman linebacker David Santos, who had 10 tackles and one tackle for loss in the Cornhuskers' 23-9 win over Michigan.
Carter led a Minnesota pass defense that held Purdue to 198 passing yards on Saturday. Carter tied a school record by breaking up six pass...