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BIG TEN FOOTBALL PLAYERS of the WEEK Aug. 30 – Sept. 1,

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Following Big Ten football games on Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, the Offensive, Co-Defensive and Co-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:

Offensive Player of the Week
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School

•              Making his first career start, completed 22 of 30 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns to record a victory over Oregon State
•              Became the first quarterback in program history to throw for 300 yards in his first career start
•              Added 24 yards rushing on two carries
•              Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
•              Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Mike Weber (Nov. 13, 2017)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Jake Hansen, Illinois
So., LB, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake

•              Tied the Illinois school record with 6.0 tackles for loss in the team’s win against Kent State
•              Recorded a career-high 15 tackles in the contest, including 10 solo stops
•              Nearly tripled his career total for tackles, as he had entered the season with eight tackles
•              Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
•              Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Tre Watson (Nov. 7, 2016)

Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland
Jr., DB, Lanham, Md./DuVal

•              Led the team with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, as Maryland defeated Texas to open the season for the second straight year
•              Registered the game-sealing interception with 1:04 remaining to complete a 34-29 victory
•              Added one tackle for loss in the contest
•              Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
•              Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Cole Farrand (Sept. 29, 2014)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Ambry Thomas, Michigan
So., DB, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King

•              Registered a 99-yard touchdown on a kickoff return late in the first half at Notre Dame
•              His touchdown marked the fourth kickoff return touchdown of 99 yards or longer in program history and the first since 1994
•              Scored the first touchdown of his career and the first kickoff return score by a Wolverine since 2015
•              Receives his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award
•              Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Kenny Allen (Oct. 31, 2016)

Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands

•              Recorded a 76-yard punt return touchdown in a victory over New Mexico State
•              Broke five tackles on the return, which was the first punt return touchdown by a Gopher since 2013
•              Added five tackles in the contest
•              Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award
•              Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Rodney Smith (Nov. 13, 2017)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Jeshaun Jones, Maryland
Fr., WR, Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers

•              Became the first freshman in at least the last 20 years to record a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in his first career game and the first to do so in any game since Marcus Mariota in 2012
•              Recorded two catches for 73 yards and one touchdown, one carry for a 28-yard touchdown and one pass completion for a 20-yard touchdown
•              Became the first Big Ten student with a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in a single contest since Michigan’s Vincent Smith in 2011
•              Claims his first Freshman of the Week award
•              Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Lorenzo Harrison (Oct. 24, 2016)

Rondale Moore, Purdue
Fr., WR, New Albany, Ind./Trinity

•              Broke Purdue’s 46-year old record for most all-purpose yards in a contest with 313 yards against Northwestern
•              Rushed twice for 79 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run, and caught 11 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown
•              Added 125 yards on five kickoff returns
•              Records his first Freshman of the Week award
•              Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Brian Lankford-Johnson (Oct. 10, 2016)