Today, the Big Ten honored Iowa Hawkeye junior defensive back Shaun Prater as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Michigan State game.
In Saturday’s game, Prater had a career-high 10 tackles and added an interception to his collection (three for the season). Of his 10 tackles, seven were solo. He also had a 0.5 tackle for a loss and a pass breakup that ultimately lead to another Iowa touchdown.
With Iowa ahead 17-0 lead, Michigan State drove to the Hawkeyes’ 27-yard line. Prater picked off a pass from the Spartan’s junior quarterback Kirk Cousins and returned it 42 yards into Spartans territory. After three additional plays, Iowa scored a touchdown and took a 23-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes beat the undefeated Spartans 37-6.
This is the first honor for Prater; however, he is the fifth Hawkeye to receive weekly Big Ten honors this season. Quarterback Ricky Stanzi received offensive honors for the Michigan game; Running back Paki O’Meara was acknowledged by the conference for his special teams play against Eastern Illinois; and two additional defensive honors went to defensive end Adrian Clayborn against Penn State and defensive tackle Mike Daniels for his performance in the Ball State game.
With Iowa’s win against Michigan State, the team rose to No. 16 in the BCS. This week Iowa will travel to play Indiana at 11 a.m. central time.
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Written by Debbie Baratz