Monday, October 5, 2009


Anderson Russell photo by Darla Dunkle-Hudnell

COLUMBUS — Senior safety, Anderson Russell, was named "defensive player of the week," and junior tailback, Brandon Saine received the "offensive player of the week" honors by the Ohio State coaching staff Monday for their outstanding play in Saturday night's 33-14 win at Indiana.

Russell led the Buckeyes with six tackles in the win and also recorded an interception and a fumble recovery. Russell replaced the suspended Kurt Coleman as the starter in the victory over the Hoosiers.

Saine, who was also filling in as a starter (for an injured Dan Herron), took full advantage of his opportunity by rushing for a career-high 113 yards on 17 carries.

Punter Jon Thoma, who downed three punts inside the 20 against Indiana was named the "special units player of the week."

OTHER AWARDS — Linebacker Austin Spitler received the "Attack Force" award and offensive lineman, Bryant Browning, won the "lineman of the week" award.

Scout team champions were: James Georgiades (offense), Jamie Wood (defense) and Ryan Schuck (special units).