Big Ten announces football players of the week

Release from the Big Ten Conference:

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 21, the offensive, co-defensive and co-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
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Sr., QB, Modesto, Calif./Modesto Christian

  • Completed 23 of 35 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the Hoosiers’ win over Maryland
  • Added a rushing touchdown to match his career high with five total touchdowns
  • Holds school career records with 54 touchdown passes, four 350-yard passing games and four games with at least four touchdown tosses
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Howard (Sept. 28, 2015)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Jon Reschke, Michigan State
So., LB, Sterling Heights, Mich./Brother Rice

  • Recorded six tackles, including a sack, in Michigan State’s victory at Ohio State
  • Anchored a Spartan defense that held Ohio State to 132 total yards of offense, more than 300 yards fewer than the Buckeyes’ average entering the contest
  • Added a quarterback hurry late in the second quarter with the game tied 7-7
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Malik McDowell (Nov. 16, 2015)

Deonte Gibson, Northwestern
Sr., DE, Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward

  • Set career highs with four tackles for loss and three sacks in Northwestern’s victory at Wisconsin
  • Also registered six tackles, including four solo stops
  • Led a Northwestern unit that recorded a season-best 11 tackles for loss and six sacks
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Dean Lowry (Oct. 26, 2015)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Griffin Oakes, Indiana
So., K, Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood

  • Matched a school record with four field goals for the second consecutive week, converting all four of his attempts against Maryland
  • Registered field goals from 21, 19, 48 and 36 yards
  • Leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally with a 90.9 percent field goal conversion rate this season
  • Claims his third career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Griffin Oakes (Nov. 16, 2015)

Michael Geiger, Michigan State
Jr., K, Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills

  • Converted a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Michigan State a 17-14 victory at Ohio State
  • Has recorded at least one field goal in nine of the team’s 11 games this season, including each of the last four contests
  • Ranks ninth in school history with 38 career field goals
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jalen Watts-Jackson (Oct. 19, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Shannon Brooks, Minnesota
RB, Atlanta, Ga./Pickens

  • Rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s win against Illinois
  • Averaged 10.2 yards per carry in the contest, including touchdown runs of five, 38 and 75 yards
  • Ranks second in the conference with 6.2 yards per carry in Big Ten play
  • Wins his third career and second consecutive weekly award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Shannon Brooks (Nov. 16, 2015)

Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

ACC_Identity_TM_PMS_WBGRelease from the ACC:

NC State leads this week’s ACC Football Player of the Week selections with two honorees, while Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson earned his fourth weekly honor of the season and Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price was recognized  for the second time following his impressive performance.

NC State’s Joe Thuney was honored for the second time this season as the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after leading the blocking inSaturday’s 42-29 win over Syracuse. Wolfpack teammate Nyheim Hines was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week.

Clemson’s Watson received his fourth ACC Offensive Back of the Week award of the year after leading the top-ranked Tigers past Wake Forest. Pitt’s Price was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week after registering five quarterback sacks in Saturday’s 45-34 win over Louisville.

Other ACC weekly honorees include Louisville’s Jamari Staples (Receiver of the Week), Virginia’s Micah Kiser (Linebacker of the Week), Boston College’s Justin Simmons (Defensive Back of the Week) and Duke’s DeVon Edwards (Specialist of the Week). The Specialist of the Week honor is Edwards’ second of the season.

ACC Football Player of the Week selections are determined by a vote of a 14-member media panel.

OFFENSIVE BACK – Deshaun Watson, Clemson, So., QB, 6-2, 210, Gainesville, Ga.

Watson completed 24-of-35 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in Clemson’s 33-13 win over Wake Forest.  He threw touchdown passes of 44 yards to Charone Peake, 11 yards to Deon Cain, and 47 yards to Germone Hopper, all in the first half when Clemson took a 30-7 lead.  Watson added 10 rushes for 44 yards and a score, giving him 387 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.  He led Clemson to 552 yards of total offense, the seventh straight game Clemson has gone over the 500-yard mark.


OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Joe Thuney, NC State, Sr.-r, OT, 6-5, 295, Centerville, Ohio

Thuney played 83 snaps in the Wolfpack’s 42-29 Atlantic Division victory over visiting Syracuse, helping pave the way for 511 yards of total offense. Thuney did not allow a sack or miss an assignment as NC State rushed for 276 yards.


RECEIVER – Jamari Staples, Louisville, Jr., WR, 6-4, 195, Lineville, Ala.

Staples caught nine passes for a career-high 194 yards in Saturday’s 45-34 loss at Pitt. The 194 receiving yards tied for the sixth-most in a single game in school history. Staples’ big receiving day included a 49-yard touchdown catch with three seconds remaining in the first half.


DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Ejuan Price, Pitt, Sr., DE, 6-0, 250, Rankin, Pa.

Price posted one of the finest defensive performances in recent Pitt history with 10 tackles, five sacks and six tackles for loss in Saturday’s 45-34 win over Louisville. Price’s sack total was the highest by an FBS player in 2015 and fell one shy of the national record. He spearheaded a defensive effort that limited Louisville to minus-one yard on the ground, the first time Pitt held an opponent to negative yards rushing since 2002. Price became the first Pitt player with at least 4.5 sacks in a game since 1987, and his six tackles for loss were the most by a Panther since Aaron Donald also had six vs. Georgia Tech in 2013. Price now ranks fourth in the nation and first in the ACC with an average of 1.05 sacks per game. His 11.5 total sacks are the most in a single season by a Pitt player since 2000. Price was awarded a “Helmet Sticker” on ESPNCollege Football Final for his Louisville performance.


LINEBACKER – Micah Kiser, Virginia, So., LB, 6-2, 235, Baltimore, Md.

Kiser had a career high 17 tackles in the Cavaliers’ 42-34 win over visiting Duke. He had 10 solo stops, one sack and two total tackles for loss as the Blue Devils managed just 100 rushing yards and UVA posted five sacks in the win.


DEFENSIVE BACK – Justin Simmons, Boston College, Sr., FS, 6-3, 201, Stuart, Fla.

Simmons had a career day against fourth-ranked Notre Dame, helping to force the Fighting Irish’s highly-touted offense to turn the ball over three times. Simmons forced and recovered a fumble in the first quarter on the Irish’s third drive of the game. Before the end of the first half, he recorded an interception at the BC 31-yard line, and then made a second interception in the red zone at the BC 3-yard line. Simmons helped the Eagles defense, tops in the nation, hold the Irish to 19 points – 17.2 below their season average. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles. Simmons has five interceptions on the season, tied for 11th in the nation and tied for first in the ACC.


SPECIALIST – DeVon Edwards, Duke, Jr.-r, KR, 5-9, 180, Covington, Ga.

Edwards returned five kickoffs for 174 yards in Saturday’s road game at Virginia, including a 94-yard return for a touchdown. Edwards  established a new school record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with three, the breaking previous record of two first set by Randy Jones in 1990 and tied by Edwards in 2013. Edwards pushed  his career total of kickoff returns for TDs to six – one shy of the ACC record of seven held by Clemson’s C.J. Spiller.


ROOKIE – Nyheim Hines, NC State, Fr., RB/WR, 5-9, 190, Garner, N.C.

Hines saw action at both running back and wide receiver in the Wolfpack’s 42-29 win over Syracuse. Despite playing just 23 snaps, Hines tallied 208 all-purpose yards. The freshman’s big day included his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run, and a 38-yard run from scrimmage for NC State’s longest play of the game. Hines graded out at 96 percent overall for his performance.