Derrick Wells has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, earning the award after a crucial interception in the third overtime of the Golden Gophers' game against the UNLV Rebels. The defensive back's second interception of the game set up a 32-yard field goal that gave Minnesota the 30-27 win. Wells also had eight tackles, six of them solo, and two passes broken up.
Wells, a sophomore, won the award in his first game as a starter. He is the first player from Minnesota to win the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week award since defensive back Kim Royston received the award on Nov. 28, 2011.
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