White earns second straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors

James White had 235 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against Michigan State

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin running back James White has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second time in as many weeks, the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday.

One week after matching a UW freshman record with four rushing touchdowns and running for 145 yards on 11 carries, White enjoyed an all-around performance at Michigan State on Saturday.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native tallied 235 all-purpose yards against the Spartans, amassing 98 yards rushing on just 10 carries with two touchdowns. He added a career-high seven kickoff returns for 131 yards and caught a six-yard pass.

White gave the Badgers an early 7-3 lead with a 16-yard scoring run in the second quarter. He added a 34-yard touchdown to cap Wisconsin’s first drive of the second half and pull the Badgers within 20-17.

Among the top 100 rushers in the country, White’s 8.34 yards per carry is fifth-best (and is 1.59 yards better than the school single-season record), while his six rushing touchdowns are tied for third in the country among freshman running backs.

White becomes the second player to earn multiple Freshman of the Week honors, but the first to do it in consecutive weeks.

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