Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Posted 11 months ago

By Robert Lovell

Big-Ten-LogoFollowing Big Ten football games on Oct. 26, the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week

Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Jr., QB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne

•           Had a hand in five Ohio State touchdowns, including three passing and two rushing, in the Buckeyes’ victory over Penn State

•           Finished with 320 yards of total offense, completing 18 of 24 passes for a career-high 252 yards, and rushing for 68 yards on 11 carries in less than three quarters

•           Has been a part of 61 Ohio State touchdowns in his career, tied for third in program history

•           Records his third career weekly honor and second this season

•           Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Carlos Hyde (Oct. 7, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week

James Morris, Iowa

Sr., LB, Solon, Iowa/Solon

•           Recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and two sacks, and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s overtime victory over Northwestern

•           Recovered a Wildcat fumble late in the second quarter, thwarting the drive and preserving Iowa’s 10-point lead

•           Became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to record three interceptions, three sacks and 50 tackles this season

•           Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season

•           Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: James Morris (Sept. 30, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Chris Hawthorne, Minnesota

Sr., K, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road

•           Converted on both field goal attempts and four extra points to help Minnesota defeat nationally ranked Nebraska

•           Connected on a 26-yarder in the second quarter to give the Gophers a 17-10 lead

•           Made a 45-yard try in the third quarter, giving Minnesota a 27-13 advantage

•           Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

•           Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Marcus Jones (Sept. 9, 2013)

Freshman of the Week

Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

RB, DeSoto, Texas/Desoto

•           Finished with 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s victory over Penn State

•           Recorded a career-long 49 yard kickoff return in the second quarter, leading to the Buckeyes’ fifth touchdown

•           Was on the receiving end of a 26-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller in the third quarter

•           Wins his first career weekly award

•           Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Joey Bosa (Oct. 7, 2013)