Gophers RB Cobb named co-Big Ten Player of the Week

Minnesota running back David Cobb waves to the crowd after scoring a touchdown against Middle Tennessee.

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MINNEAPOLIS — A career day by Minnesota’s David Cobb not only lifted the Gophers to a victory over Middle Tennessee, but it also earned the senior running back a weekly honor.

Cobb was named the co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, sharing the award with Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt. In Minnesota’s 35-24 victory Saturday, Cobb carried the ball 29 times for a career high 220 yards and two touchdowns. In doing so, he became the school’s first 200-yard rusher since 2005, and gained the 12th-most yards in a game in Gophers history.

It’s the first time in Cobb’s career to earn this award. The last Minnesota player to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week was former quarterback Philip Nelson, who earned the honor on Nov. 4 of last season after he threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns against Indiana.

Cobb and the Gophers will face their toughest test of the young season this Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face TCU.

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