Minnesota Gopher linebacker Blake Cashman has been named the Big Ten defensive player of the week after his performance last Saturday against Northwestern.



The sophmore from Eden Prairie tallied a career high ten tackles, including nine solo stops, two quarterback sacks and a forced fumble in Minnesota’s 29-12 victory over the Wildcats. It's his first ever award and the team's first since Briean Boddy-Calhoun in November of 2014.


The Gophers play Wisconsin in Madison this Saturday afternoon.