Meyer, Hitchens earn Big 10 honors
IOWA CITY (U of I) — University of Iowa junior PK Mike Meyer and junior LB Anthony Hitchens have earned national recognition for their play in Iowa’s 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State. Meyer has been named special teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten Conference for the second time this season. Meyer has also been named the national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), and he is one of three kickers recognized as “Stars of the Week” by the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award.
Hitchens (6-foot-1, 224 pounds), a native of Lorain, Ohio (Clearview HS), has been recognized by College Sports Madness (collegesportsmadness.com) as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. He helped lead the Hawkeye defense in holding the Spartans to 16 points in Iowa’s road victory. Hitchens recorded six solo tackles and nine assists, including one tackle for loss. He has posted double-digit tackles in five straight games. Hitchens leads the nation in tackles per game (13.0).
Meyer (6-foot 2, 185 pounds), is a native of Dubuque and attend Wahlert HS. He connected on four field goals in the win over the Spartans, including 3-pointers from 28 and 42 yards in the two overtime periods. The 28-yard kick forced the second overtime session, while the 42-yard field goal provided the winning margin after the Iowa defense collected a turnover on MSU’s final possession.
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