Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Posted 10 months ago

By Robert Lovell

Big-Ten-LogoOffensive Player of the Week

Jeremy Langford, Michigan State

Jr., RB, Wayne, Mich./John Glenn

·         Accounted for four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, in Michigan State’s 42-28 victory over Indiana

·         Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, totaling 109 yards on 23 carries, scoring on runs of two, five and 32 yards

·         Scored on an 11-yard screen pass in the second quarter, adding to his career-best 120 all-purpose yardage in the game

·         Wins his first Offensive Player of the Week accolade

·         Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (Nov. 26, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week

C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State

Jr., DE, Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

·         Recorded eight tackles, including a career best 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in Penn State’s quadruple-overtime win over nationally ranked Michigan

·         Forced his first career fumble on a second-quarter sack, one of three Michigan turnovers

·         Was part of the Penn State defensive effort that accounted for 11 tackles for loss and held the Wolverines to two field goals in four overtime periods

·         Claims his first Defensive Player of the Week honor

·         Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Jordan Hill (Nov. 26, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Jr., P, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

·         Posted a Big Ten record for all games of 59.3 yards per punt, totaling 237 yards on four attempts in Michigan State’s win over Indiana

·         Recorded a season-long 69-yarder in the fourth quarter, while also booting punts of 44, 56 and 68 yards

·         Placed one kick inside the 20, pinning Indiana at its own 10-yard line

·         Wins his third Special Teams Player of the Week honor overall and first this season

·         Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Sadler (Nov. 5, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

QB, Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy

·         Threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for the game-tying score with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against nationally ranked Michigan

·         Guided Penn State on an 80-yard touchdown drive with no timeouts and 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter, completing three passes for 79 yards and scoring on a one-yard run to force overtime

·         Posted his third 300-yard passing game, leaving him three games shy of the program career record

·         Wins his third Freshman of the Week accolade

·         Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Sept. 16, 2013)