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Penn State football: Williams named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

Penn State's Trevor Williams (10) was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Nittany Lions’ 13-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Penn State's Trevor Williams (10) was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Nittany Lions’ 13-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday. CDT photo

Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a standout performance against Rutgers.

Williams finished with five tackles and two interceptions to help the Nittany Lions beat the Scarlet Knights 13-10 last Saturday.

Williams picked off Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova on the Scarlet Knights’ second drive of the game. The pass deflected off Rutgers wide receiver Janarion Grant and into Williams’ hands. He later pulled in a Nova pass thrown deep downfield at the Penn State 13-yard line.

The Nittany Lions got on the board on their ensuing drive with a 32-yard field goal by Sam Ficken.

Penn State finished with five interceptions Saturday, the most by one FBS team in a game this season.

Williams has seven tackles this year, and he’s tied for first in the Big Ten with two interceptions. He also has one pass break-up.

Ficken and DaeSean Hamilton each earned conference Player of the Week honors after Penn State’s season-opening win over Central Florida.

Also, Nittany Lions defensive tackle Anthony Zettel earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors from Athlon Sports.

Zettel recorded a sack and four tackles, tying his career-high with three tackles for loss. He leads the Big Ten with seven tackles for loss and paces Penn State with three sacks.

PSU-Northwestern set for BTN

The Big Ten Network will show Penn State’s homecoming game against Northwestern on Sept. 27.

The game is set to kick off at noon at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State hosts Massachusetts at 4 p.m. Saturday. Northwestern takes on Western Illinois this week after dropping its first two games to California and Northern Illinois.

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