Wettstein named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

by Adam Richard

Minnesota kicker Jordan Wettstein was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after the Gophers defeated Iowa 22-21 on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Wettstein, a junior walk-on, started his first game of the year Saturday. He subbed in for Chris Hawthorne, who missed the game with a muscle strain. Wettstein took advantage of his opportunity and knocked in his first extra point, made his first field goal and executed the onside kick that set up Minnesota’s game-winning drive.

“His feet probably haven’t even hit the ground yet,” head coach Jerry Kill said after the game. “He did a great job kicking.”

Wettstein had previously seen action in one game this season in which he had two kick-offs against North Dakota State.  

The award is Wettstein’s first Big Ten weekly honor.