Lowery, Martin-Manley Named Big Ten Players of the Week

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By Sam Louwagie

Iowa punt returner Kevonte Martin-Manley and cornerback B.J. Lowery each claimed Big Ten player of the week honors after their performance Saturday in a 59-3 win against Western Michigan.

Martin-Manley, a junior, returned punts of 83 and 63 yards, respectively, for touchdowns to earn Special Teams Player of the Week. He was only the third player in Big Ten history to return two punts for scores. He totaled 184 punt return yards, just 17 shy of tying Nike Kinnick’s single-game record of 201 set in 1939. The returns were 59 seconds within one another.

“There were a lot of holes in their punt coverage,” Martin-Manley said Saturday. “Coaches told us and I saw it on film that we would have some opportunities to make big plays today. We were able to do that.”

Lowery returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the same game to pick up Defensive Player of the Week. The first went for 35 yards with 56 seconds left in the second quarter. Lowery’s second pick-6 came just 2:38 into the third quarter on a 13-yard interception of Zach Terrell’s first pass. It was Lowery’s third interception this season.

“You expect guys to get better when they practice well, and I think B.J. is probably an example of that,” Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said.

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