Iowa's defense didn't put forth quite the same smothering effort that they did against Illinois last week, but they still had their moments against Nebraska and for the second straight week they earned Defensive Player of the Week love from the Big Ten. One player that had several very good moments against Nebraska was Anthony Nelson, who was able to terrorize Adrian Martinez off the edge for much of the game. Nelson earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Big Ten for his efforts:
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) November 26, 2018
Nelson earned POTW honors after recording a career-high 8 tackles, including two sacks. He also had a pass break-up and a QB hurry. As you can see below, Nelson would not be denied:
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 26, 2018
For the season, Nelson has 9.5 sacks, which ties him with Epenesa and Minnesota's Carter Coughlin for the Big Ten lead. 9.5 sacks is also the most by any Iowa player since Adrian Clayborn posted 11.5 in 2009. Nelson has been slightly overshadowed by Epenesa at times this year, but this is the second DPOTW honor he's earned (he was also honored after the Minnesota game) and he's put together a very solid season: 41 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 5 QB hurries, 1 pass broken up.
Congrats to Nelson for his strong performance.