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Big Ten Football Players of the Week 09 16 19

by | Sep 16, 2019 | Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 14, the Co-Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week and Co-Freshmen of the Week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
Sr., WR, Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis North
• Caught 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s victory against Georgia Southern
• Touchdown receptions included a career-long 73-yard touchdown catch and a 2-yard score with 13 seconds left to secure the victory
• In 16 games since the start of the 2018 season, Johnson has 95 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns
• Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Offensive Player of the Week: Rodney Smith (Oct. 24, 2016)

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
Jr., RB, La Grange, Texas/LaGrange
• Rushed 22 times for 193 yards and a touchdown to lead Ohio State to a victory Saturday at Indiana
• Had 175 yards rushing at halftime, giving him 316 first-half yards over the past two games
• Added two catches for 14 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception
• Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Nov. 26, 2018)

Defensive Player of the Week
Joe Gaziano, Northwestern
Sr., DL, Scituate, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
• Recorded nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, in Northwestern’s win against UNLV
• Added 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery
• Now has 22 career sacks, giving him sole possession of third place on the all-time list at Northwestern
• Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Paddy Fisher (Oct. 30, 2017)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Keith Duncan, Iowa
Jr., K, Weddington, N.C./Weddington
• Set a career high with four field goals on four attempts in Iowa’s victory at Iowa State
• Converted from 25, 40, 42 and 39 yards in the contest, with the final kick proving to be the game-winner with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter
• Improved to 8-for-8 on field goal attempts this season, including 4-fo-4 on attempts from 40 yards or longer
• Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since 2016
• Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Riley McCarron (Nov. 21, 2016)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
D.J. Johnson, Iowa
DB, Indianapolis, Ind./North Central
• Recorded a career-high eight tackles in the Hawkeyes’ victory against Iowa State
• Notched a team-high seven solo stops
• Registered two pass breakups, including one on Iowa State’s final drive of the game to preserve Iowa’s win
• Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Riley Moss (Oct. 8, 2018)

Drake Anderson, Northwestern
RB, Chadler, Ariz./Chandler
• Rushed 26 times for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ victory against UNLV
• Recorded his first-career rushing touchdown on a seven-yard run
• Established new career highs for carries and rushing yards
• Receives his first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: John Moten IV (Nov. 28, 2016)