Lincoln -- Nebraska senior placekicker Josh Brown and junior cornerback Pat Ricketts were chosen on Monday as SBC Big 12 Conference Players of the Week after their outstanding performances in Saturday?s 48-10 Husker victory over Arizona State.
Ricketts paced the Husker defense with three pass breakups while making three unassisted tackles and defending ASU?s All-America candidate wideout Shaun McDonald. The NU cornerback helped the Huskers hold Arizona State to a 17 of 41 passing performance. The game marked Ricketts? third career start, but his first since taking over regular starting duties for departed All-American Keyuo Craver.
Brown hit on field goals of 40 and 42 yards, marking the first time in his career he has made a pair of 40+-yard field goals in the same game. He also hit 6-6 PATs. Brown?s performance on kickoff duties should not be left unnoticed. Seven of his nine kickoffs on the evening ended in touchbacks, while another was brought out from deep in the Sun Devil end zone. The only kick that Brown did not boot into the end zone reached ASU?s 1. His booming kicks and the Huskers special teams coverage caused ASU to average starting on the 18.7-yard line after kickoffs. NU had a 16.9-yards field position advantage in the game.