Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Posted 6 months ago

By Robert Lovell

Big-Ten-LogoOffensive Co-Players of the Week

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Jr., IB, Homewood, Ala./Homewood

•          Rushed for a career-high 225 yards on just 20 carries, an 11.3 average, and two touchdowns in Nebraska’s win over Illinois

•          Had three runs of 30 yards or more to finish with the most rushing yards by a Husker since Roy Helu’s program-record 307 yards in 2010

•          Scored on Nebraska’s opening possession of each half, a two-yard run in the first quarter and a 43-yarder in the third, and finished the day with 240 all-purpose yards

•          Wins his first career Offensive Player of the Week accolade and fourth weekly honor overall, claiming Special Teams Player of the Week in 2011 and 2012 and Freshman of the Week in 2011

•          Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Nov. 5, 2012)

 

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Sr., RB, Naples, Fla./Naples

•          Finished with a career-high 168 rushing yards, scoring three second-half touchdowns, to help Ohio State to a come-from-behind win at nationally ranked Northwestern

•          Scored on a four-yarder in the third quarter, a two-yarder early in the fourth and a seven-yard run to give the Buckeyes the game-winning score with 5:25 left in the game.

•          Also recorded four catches for 38 yards for 206 yards of total offense, and was responsible for 15 first downs

•          Records his second career Offensive Player of the Week honor

•          Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Sept. 30, 2013)

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Sr., CB, Dry Beach, Ga./Twiggs County

•          Finished with eight tackles and two interceptions, both career highs, in Michigan State’s road win at Iowa

•          Recorded his first interception midway through the first quarter and his second at the 5:25 mark of the fourth quarter, helping the Spartans preserve the win

•          Was part of the Michigan State defense that held the Hawkeyes to 264 total yards, 183 yards below their season average

•          Claims his first Defensive Player of the Week honor

•          Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun (Sept. 9, 2013)

 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Jr., CB, Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge

•          Blocked a Northwestern punt in the end zone in the first quarter, then made the recovery for Ohio State’s only touchdown of the first half

•          It is his second career blocked punt, third special teams touchdown and fourth score overall

•          Also finished with two special teams tackles

•          Wins his first Special Teams Player of the Week honor

•          Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston (Sept. 30, 2013)

 

Freshman of the Week

Joey Bosa, Ohio State

DE, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

•          Finished with five tackles, including his first two career sacks, in Ohio State’s come-from-behind win at nationally ranked Northwestern

•          Recovered a Wildcat fumble in the end zone as time expired, giving the Buckeyes the final score of the game

•          His four solo tackles and two tackles for loss matched personal bests

•          Wins his first Freshman of the Week honor

•          Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Bri’onte Dunn (Nov. 5, 2012)