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Big Ten Football Players of the Week

by | Sep 25, 2017 | Football Blogs, RRSN News | 0 comments

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 23, the offensive, co-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

Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Jr., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall

Piled up 358 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 211 rushing yards, in Penn State’s last-second win at Iowa

Set school record for all-purpose yards in a single game, topping Curt Warner’s mark of 341 yards at Syracuse on Oct. 17, 1981

Added a career-high 12 receptions and became the seventh Nittany Lion to rush for 3,000 career yards

Receives his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and second this season

Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Saquon Barkley (Sept. 4, 2017)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Josey Jewell, Iowa

Sr., LB, Decorah, Iowa/Decorah

Tied his career high with 16 tackles, including 11 solo stops and a career-best three tackles for loss, in the Hawkeyes’ loss to Penn State

Also broke up two passes and recorded his fifth career interception

Led an Iowa defense that was on the field for 39:39 and held the Penn State offense to 19 points

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

Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Josey Jewell (Sept. 4, 2017)

Chase Winovich, Michigan

Sr., DL, Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson

Had six tackles (all solo), including four tackles for loss and three sacks, in Michigan’s win at Purdue

Set career highs for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks in a single game

Has registered six sacks this season, with at least 0.5 sacks in each Wolverine game to date

Garners his first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Tyree Kinnel (Sept. 11, 2017)

Special Teams Player of the Week

J-Shun Harris II, Indiana

Jr., WR, Fishers, Ind./Fishers

Returned a punt for a touchdown for the second consecutive game, bringing back a Georgia Southern kick 70 yards for a score in the Hoosiers’ home victory

Became the second Indiana student ever to have punt returns for touchdowns in consecutive games, joining Rob Turner (1990) in that elite company

Has also tied the Hoosiers’ single-season record with two punt returns for touchdowns, jointly held by Larry Highbaugh (1969), Turner and Mitchell Paige (2015)

Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and second this season

Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: J-Shun Harris II (Sept. 11, 2017)

Freshman of the Week

Morgan Ellison, Indiana

RB, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central

Rushed 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Hoosiers’ win over Georgia Southern

Recorded the fourth-highest single-game rushing total by a true freshman in school history and became the 11th Indiana true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game

Averaged 7.4 yards per carry

Claims his first career weekly award

Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Tyler Natee (Oct. 31, 2016)