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Illini's Williams, Miller, Big Ten Players of the Week 

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[October 07, 2008]  CHAMPAIGN -- The Big Ten announced the following student-athletes as the football offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week for games on Saturday.


Juice Williams, Illinois, JR, QB, Chicago, Chicago Vocational

Williams racked up 431 yards of total offense to set a new Michigan Stadium record and lead Illinois to a 45-20 victory over Michigan. The junior quarterback completed 13-of-26 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, while registering 121 yards on 19 carries with two more scores.

He surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the second time this season, after racking up a career-high 461 yards in the season-opener against Missouri. Both performances rank among the top 10 single-game efforts in school history.

Williams led his offense to 45 points, the most ever for the Illini against the Wolverines and the most allowed by Michigan since 1991.

This is the third career weekly accolade for Williams, after being honored on Sept. 1, 2008, and Nov. 12, 2007.


Brit Miller, Illinois, SR, LB, Decatur, Decatur Eisenhower

Miller filled up the stat sheet with nine defensive stops, four tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass breakups to lead Illinois to its first win at Michigan since 1999.

The senior linebacker set career highs in both tackles for loss and sacks, pushing the Wolverines' offense back a combined 26 yards. After the hosts compiled 143 total yards and 48 rushing yards to build a 14-3 first-quarter lead, Miller and the Illini defense held Michigan to only 21 more yards on the ground, 176 total yards and six more points over the final three quarters.

Miller collects his first career weekly laurel.

[Text from file received from University of Illinois]

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