Big Ten Announces Football Players of the Week

big ten logoRelease from the Big Ten Conference:

Offensive Player of the Week
Ty Johnson, Maryland
So., RB, Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill

  • Rushed for 204 yards on just seven carries against Purdue, averaging 29.1 yards per attempt
  • Reached the end zone twice, scoring on runs of 8 and 48 yards, to help the Terrapins
  • Paced a Maryland rushing attack that generated 400 yards on the ground as the team improved to 4-0 on the season
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: N/A

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern
Sr., DL, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville

  • Registered a career-high four sacks and added a forced fumble to lead the Wildcats to a victory at Iowa
  • Became the second player in the nation to record 4.0 sacks in a game this season and the first Big Ten player to do so since Ohio State’s John Simon in 2012
  • Moved into fifth place in program history with 18.5 career sacks
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Walker (Nov. 30, 2015)

Marcus Allen, Penn State
Jr., S, Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr.

  • Tallied a career-high 22 tackles, including eight solo stops, as Penn State defeated Minnesota
  • Recorded the most tackles by a Penn State player since Paul Posluszny in 2005 and the most by a Big Ten player since Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor had 22 tackles in 2011
  • Became the second player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to notch at least 20 tackles in a game this season
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Zettel (Sept. 28, 2015)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Emmitt Carpenter, Minnesota
So., PK, Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon

  • Went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, including go-ahead field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter and in overtime
  • Converted field goals from 35, 37, 37 and 46 yards
  • Became the fifth player in program history to convert at least four field goals in a road contest and the first since 1997
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Ryan Santoso (Oct. 20, 2014)

Freshman of the Week
Mike Weber, Ohio State
RB, Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech

  • Carried the ball 14 times for 144 yards and a touchdown as Ohio State defeated Rutgers
  • Broke the 100-yard barrier for the third time in four games this season, improving his Big Ten-leading average to 123.8 yards per game
  • Recorded runs of 49- and 46-yards, with the latter going for a touchdown in the third quarter
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Dec. 1, 2014)
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