Illini receiver Steve Hull named Big Ten player of the week

Illini receiver Steve Hull named Big Ten player of the week
November 25, 2013, 10:15 am
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Vinnie Duber

Steve Hull has only played on the offensive side of the ball for one season at Illinois, so obviously Monday's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award was his first.

The safety-turned-wideout picked up weekly honors from the conference on Monday following his huge day in Illinois' 20-16 win over Purdue on Saturday. The win snapped the Illini's 20-game conference losing streak and gave head coach Tim Beckman his first Big Ten win since becoming the head coach in Champaign.

Hull, who has been putting up big days ever since becoming quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's favorite receiver in recent weeks, caught 10 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Boilermakers. The 10 catches were a career high.

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But Saturday was just the latest big day for Hull, who's gone for more than 100 yards four times this season. And in the last three games (vs. Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue), Hull has totaled 498 yards and five touchdowns.

Not bad for a guy who lined up at safety his first three seasons in Champaign.

This is the second time an Illini player has won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this season, with Scheelhaase earning honors for his performance in the team's first game of the season vs. Southern Illinois.