Big Ten Announces Football Players of the Week

big ten logoRelease from the Big Ten:

Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 8, the offensive, 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
So., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall

  • Broke the 200-yard rushing barrier for the first time in his career, carrying the ball 31 times for 202 yards and a touchdown in a win over Maryland
  • Recorded the most rushing yards in single game by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson rushed for 279 yards against Michigan State in 2002
  • Registered six carries of 10 yards or more, giving him 16 such carries this season and 50 for his career
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Bill Belton (Nov. 4, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week
Brandon Smith, Penn State
Jr., LB, Winfield, Pa./Lewisburg

  • Tallied a career-high 14 tackles in Penn State’s victory over Maryland
  • Recorded his first career interception, picking off a Perry Hills pass late in the first quarter
  • Added one tackle for loss
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Marcus Allen (Oct. 3, 2016)

Special Teams Player of the Week
J.D. Dellinger, Purdue
Fr., PK, Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day

  • Recorded the first game-winning overtime field goal in school history, converting from 28 yards to complete a victory over Illinois
  • Went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, adding a successful kick from 37 yards in the third quarter
  • Converted all four extra point tries to finish the game with 10 points, marking the most points for a Purdue kicker since Aug. 30, 2014
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Special Teams Player of the Week: Paul Griggs (Nov. 10, 2014)

Freshman of the Week
Brian Lankford-Johnson, Purdue
RB, St. Paul, Minn./Palm Bay

  • Carried the ball 18 times for 127 yards and a touchdown as Purdue defeated Illinois in overtime
  • Added 43 yards on two kickoff returns and 12 receiving yards, tallying a game-high 182 all-purpose yards
  • Averaged 7.1 yards per carry in his first career start
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Frankie Williams (Nov. 26, 2012)
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