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Big Ten Football Weekly Honors Announced 12.14.2020

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Offensive Player of the Week

Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

Sr., WR, Newark, N.J./Weequahic

  • Caught seven passes for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns in Iowa’s 28-7 win over Wisconsin on Saturday
  • His 140 receiving yards were the most by a Hawkeye since Nov. 19, 2011 (Marvin McNutt – 151 yards at Purdue)
  • Finished with 167 all-purpose yards to move into 10th place on the school’s all-time list (3,415 yards)
  • Collects his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: Nate Stanley (Oct. 15, 2018)


Defensive Player of the Week

Mariano Sori-Marin, Minnesota

Jr., LB, Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic

  • Recorded a career-high 18 tackles (six solo, 12 assisted) Saturday in leading Minnesota to a 24-17 win at Nebraska
  • Posted the most tackles by a Golden Gopher since Nov. 17, 2018 (Blake Cashman – 20 vs. Northwestern)
  • Also forced a fumble to help Minnesota to its third win in its last four outings
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Nov. 11, 2019)


Special Teams Players of the Week

Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Jr., WR/KR, Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area

  • Had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Penn State’s 39-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday
  • Added eight catches for 108 yards, becoming the third Big Ten student-athlete since 2000 with 100 receiving yards and a punt return touchdown in the same game (Wisconsin’s Brandon Williams vs. Indiana – Oct. 1, 2005; Michigan’s Steve Breaston at Indiana – Nov. 11, 2006)
  • Registered the first PSU punt return for a touchdown since Sept. 8, 2018 (DeAndre Thompkins – 39 yards at Pittsburgh)
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Gillikin (Oct. 28, 2019)


Freshman of the Week

Cam Porter, Northwestern

RB, Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle

  • Set career highs with 24 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to pace Northwestern to a 28-10 win over visiting Illinois
  • Helped the Wildcats rush for a season-high 411 yards, their highest total since Nov. 22, 2003 (444 vs. Illinois)
  • Only played the first three quarters as NU secured the Land of Lincoln Trophy for the sixth consecutive year
  • Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Brandon Joseph (Nov. 23, 2020)