Senior Eric Hagg earned Nebraska’s first Big 12 player-of-the-week award of the season on Monday, while quarterback Taylor Martinez was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week.
Hagg was selected as the league’s defensive player of the week following Nebraska’s impressive 56-21 road win at Washington last Saturday. Hagg intercepted Jake Locker’s first pass of the day and returned it 11 yards to set up Nebraska’s first touchdown. He finished with one tackle and a pair of pass breakups as the Huskers held Washington to only 71 yards passing. Locker, regarded as a potential top-10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, completed just 4-of-20 passes on the day.
While Hagg highlighted the Husker defense in the win at Washington, Martinez led the NU offense to its highest point total in a non-conference road game since 1986. He posted his third straight 100-yard rushing game, carrying the ball 19 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Martinez also completed 7-of-11 passes for 150 yards, while throwing his first career touchdown pass to open the scoring. Rivals.com not only selected Martinez as its Freshman of the Week, but also tabbed him as its Big 12 Player of the Week.
Nebraska returns to practice today in preparation for its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, when the Huskers host South Dakota State at 6 p.m.