Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 232 yards in a win over Florida Atlantic.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 232 yards in a win over Florida Atlantic.
Sept. 1, 2014

Following Big Ten football games on Aug. 28-30, the offensive, defensive and 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
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Sr., RB, Homewood, Ala./Homewood
•           Rushed for a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries, an 11.0 average, and one touchdown to help Nebraska defeat Florida Atlantic
•           His 232 yards are the 15th-most in Nebraska history and marked his 18th career game over 100 rushing yards, including his 12th in 14 games since the start of last season
•           Became the eighth player in school history to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards and moved into the No. 6 spot on the career rushing list
•           Records the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and first since Oct. 7, 2013
•           Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Oct. 7, 2013)
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Johnathan Aiken, Rutgers                   
Sr., S, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Chaminade
•           Recorded seven tackles and a pass breakup, and forced one fumble to help lead Rutgers to a victory over Washington State in Seattle
•           Registered a forced fumble off a punt to give Rutgers the ball back midway through the fourth quarter, leading to the winning touchdown
•           Broke up a fourth down pass play late in the fourth quarter to seal the win
•           Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor 
•           First Rutgers Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
 
Special Teams Player of the Week
Sam Ficken, Penn State
Sr., K, Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso
•           Converted a career-high four field goals, including the game-winning 36-yarder on the final play of the game for a 26-24 victory over Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland
•           Converted field goal attempts from 22, 33, 24 and 36 yards, with the final three field goals coming in the second half
•           Recorded his second career game-winning field goal, joining the overtime game-winner against Wisconsin in 2012
•           Claims his third career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 2, 2013
•           Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Ficken (Sept. 2, 2013)
 
Co-Freshmen of the Week
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider
•           Led Ohio State to a victory over Navy in his collegiate debut
•           Finished the game with 276 yards of total offense, completing 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and adding 50 yards on the ground
•           Completed his last four passing attempts for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard pass to Devin Smith in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes the lead for good
•           Wins his first career weekly award
•           Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Dontre Wilson (Oct. 28, 2013)
 
DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
WR, Fredericksburg, Va./Mountain View
•           Broke school freshman records for receptions and receiving yards in Penn State’s 26-24 victory over Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland
•           Finished the game with 11 catches for 165 yards, an average of 15.0 yards per reception
•           Became the first Penn State freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game
•           Wins his first career weekly award
•           Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Dec. 2, 2013)