Nov. 7, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Red-shirt freshman punter Mike Sadler has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Sadler averaged just 35.0 yards on five punts in Michigan State's 31-24 victory over Minnesota, but a season-best four of his five punts were placed inside the Gopher 20-yard line. Sadler delivered two clutch punts in the final seven minutes, twice pinning Minnesota inside its own 10-yard line. His first punt was downed at the Minnesota 6 and the second fair caught by Brandon Green at the Gopher 10.
One of 15 starting freshman punters in the FBS (true and redshirt), Sadler ranks third in the Big Ten and tied for 23rd in the nation with 14 punts inside the 20. In addition, he has placed seven punts inside the 10. For the season, he is averaging 38.7 yards per punt (40 punts for 1,549 yards).
Earlier this season, Sadler was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his role in the victory vs. Michigan. Sadler averaged 41.0 yards per punt on five attempts against the Wolverines, had one punt downed inside the Michigan 20-yard line, and delivered a long of 45 yards despite wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour in Spartan Stadium.
This marks the second time this season a Spartan has earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors (Kyler Elsworth vs. Wisconsin).