Randle El Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
November 5, 2001
Bloomington, Ind. -- For the sixth time in his illustrious career, Indiana senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill/Thornton) has been named Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week by the conference office. Randle El shares the award this week with Michigan State junior running back T.J. Duckett who rushed for 211 yards in a win over Michigan this past Saturday. The two players will meet in East Lansing this weekend when the Hoosiers will play the #23rd-ranked Spartans.
In Indiana's 56-21 win over Northwestern at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington this past Saturday, Randle El completed 13 of 23 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 78 yards and a score. With his three touchdown passes, Randle El became the first player in major college football history to join the "40-40 Club," as in pass for 40 touchdowns and score 40 touchdowns. In 40 career games, Randle El has passed for 6,903 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for 3,496 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also has one career receiving touchdown.
With 324 total yards vs. the Wildcats, Randle El passed former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long (10,254 total yards from 1981-85) to move into second place on the Big Ten's career total yardage list with 10,399 yards. He also moved into 16th place on the NCAA Division I-A career total yardage list. Randle El also moved into second place on Indiana's career rushing yardage list, passing Alex Smith who rushed for 3,492 yards from 1994-96. Randle El is also IU's career passing yardage leader.
In seven games this fall, Randle El has completed 81 of 145 passes for 1,098 yards and 7 touchdowns and rushed 112 times for 565 yards and 5 scores. He leads an offense that, in Big Ten games only, is leading the conference in scoring offense (35.0 ppg), total offense (471.4 ypg), rushing offense (284.6 yards per contest), fourth-down conversions (80%), third-down conversions (53.4 %), and sacks allowed (0). IU is tied for the national lead in fewest turnovers with eight.
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