Meyer, Hitchens earn awards after double-overtime win

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 16, 2012 6:30 AM

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Placekicker Mike Meyer and linebacker Anthony Hitchens both earned recognition after Iowa’s 19-16 victory over Michigan State in double-overtime on Oct. 13.

Meyer, a junior from Dubuque, made all four of his field-goal attempts in the win, including two during overtime, to win special-team Player of the Week in the Big Ten for the second time this season and third time in his career. His first recognition this season came after Iowa’s 18-17 Week 1 win over Northern Illinois, and his first-ever accolade came after a four-field goal performance in Iowa’s 2010 victory over Indiana, 18-13.

The conference award wasn’t the only for Meyer — who also extended his school record consecutive extra points streak to 68 on his only attempt this past weekend. The former Wahlert High standout earned national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and was part of the “Stars of the Week” trio recognized by the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award.

College Sports Madness, also known as collegesportsmadness.com, named Hitchens the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. The Lorain, Ohio, native had 6 solo tackles and 9 assists, along with a tackle for loss, against the Spartans. The game was another good performance during a solid season for Hitchens, who leads the NCAA in tackles per game (13.0).

— by Ian Martin

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