Both Members of the "Dynamic Duo" Earn Player-of-the-Week honors

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    November 12, 2001

    Bloomington, Ind. -- Fresh off its 37-28 road win over 22nd-ranked Michigan State this past Saturday, an Indiana offensive player was named USA Today National Player-of-the-Week and Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week...and it wasn't even the same player. When a team rushes for 489 yards in a game, weird things happen. The USA Today named senior graduate quarterback Antwaan Randle El (Riverdale, Ill./Thornton) as its National Player-of-the-Week as he recorded 149 yards and one touchdown rushing vs. MSU and moved into first place on the NCAA Division I-A rushing list for quarterbacks with 3,645 rushing yards in 41 games. Senior running back Levron Williams (Evansville, Ind./Bosse) earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors as he rushed for 251 yards and three scores vs. the Spartans and surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 1,093 yards and 16 touchdowns in eight games.

    Randle El, who is making an upward move on most Heisman Trophy lists, has established impressive major college football records over the past two weeks. In a 56-21 home win over defending Big Ten champion Northwestern on November 3, Randle El became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to record 40 career touchdown passes and score 40 career touchdowns. In 41 career games, he has passed for 6,954 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushed for 3,645 yards and 42 scores. He is on pace to finish in the top 15 on the Big Ten's career rushing AND passing lists and moved into 13th place on the NCAA Division I-A total yardage list with 10,599 yards.

    The 6-foot-3, 225-pound, Williams is currently leading NCAA Division I-A football in all-purpose yardage (208.13 ypg), is third in scoring (13.5), and is sixth in rushing (136.6ypg). In Big Ten games, Williams is averaging 162.3 yards per game on the ground. With 251 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving at Michigan State, Williams became one of only a handful of Division I-A players to record 2,500 career yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. In 38 career games, he has rushed for 2,787 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 87 passes for 1,005 yards and 7 scores. At his current per carry career average of 7.16 yards per rush, Williams would join Nebraska's Mike Rozier as the only NCAA Division I-A running backs to average 7.2 yards per carry with over 414 career totes.

    Indiana (3-5 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) travels to Penn State this weekend to take on the Nittany Lions (3-5, 2-4). Kickoff is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional television.




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