Bailey Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Sept. 30, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - University of Illinois true-freshman quarterback Aaron Bailey (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday for his performance in the Illini win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Bailey rushed for a career-high 56 yards on six carries (9.3 ypc), scoring a touchdown and accounting for four first downs in Illinois' 50-14 win over the RedHawks. Bailey's fourth-quarter touchdown run of six yards was his third score of the season. He also picked up his first career completion on Saturday, a three-yard screen pass to Justin Hardee.
Bailey, who has played in all four games this season primarily as a short-yardage runner in key situations, got his most extensive action of the season on Saturday. He has been incredibly efficient running the ball in his limited role, scoring or recording a first down on an impressive 83 percent of his carries. Bailey's 12 carries this season have resulted in three touchdowns, seven first downs and 76 yards gained (6.3 ypc).
It marks the first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor for Bailey and the third weekly conference accolade for an Illini this season. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was named offensive player of the week on Sept. 2 following the season-opening win over Southern Illinois and punter Justin DuVernois picked up B1G Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Sept. 16 after the Chicago Homecoming game against Washington at Soldier Field. The last Illini to earn freshman player of the week honors was linebacker Mason Monheim on Nov. 12, 2012.
Other Big Ten weekly honorees this week include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (offensive), Iowa linebacker James Morris (defense) and Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston (special teams).
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