Wide receiver Flynn Nagel and kicker Drew Luckenbaugh earned Big Ten Players of the Week honors following their performances against Nebraska on Saturday, the conference announced Monday morning.
Nagel had a career performance in NU’s 34-31 overtime win over the Cornhuskers and was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley. The senior hauled in 12 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, all single-game career records for the Lemont, Ill. native. Nagel’s 220 yards represented the most receiving yards in a game by a Big Ten receiver since 2013, and the most by a Northwestern receiver since 1980, per the press release. Nagel has 622 yards through six games; in 2016, Austin Carr had 595 yards through six contests.
The #B1GFootball Special Teams Player of the Week is @NUFBFamily K Drew Luckenbaugh, who kicked his first two career field goals against Nebraska, including a 37-yard game-winner in OT. https://t.co/EP1MSvsJkY pic.twitter.com/RQmdWbVoHj— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 15, 2018
A former preferred walk-on, Luckenbaugh made the first two field goals of his career on Saturday to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He also went 4-of-4 on extra points. His 37-yarder in overtime gave the Wildcats the victory and made the backup kicker the hero for the day.