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Michigan's Brendan Gibbons named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week

Michigan Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Michigan State Spartans last weekend.

Chris Graythen

After going a perfect 3-for-3 on kick attempts last weekend, Michigan Wolverines kicker Brendan Gibbons has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The junior also hit the game-winning field goal with five seconds left against the Michigan St. Spartans last Saturday.

Locked in a defensive battle, the Wolverines were unable to get into the end zone against Michigan State. Instead, the team settled for four field goals, the final of which came with just five seconds left. That would be enough against the Spartans' struggling offense, though, giving the Wolverines another conference win.

Gibbons has generally kicked well this season, failing to miss a single attempt from inside 40 yards so far this year. He's 1-for-3 on kicks of 40-plus yards, though, which explains why head coach Brady Hoke opted to have sophomore Matt Wile attempt a 48-yard kick against Michigan State, which he ended up making.