Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Sept. 4, 2017


Following Big Ten football games on Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 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:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Sr., QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider

  • Accounted for four touchdowns and 365 yards of total offense in a victory at Indiana
  • Threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 61 yards and another score
  • Now responsible for 104 career touchdowns (rushing and passing), two shy of the Big Ten record held by Purdue’s Drew Brees
  • Receives the seventh Offensive Player of the Week award of his career, the fourth-most in conference history
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Curtis Samuel (Nov. 7, 2016)

Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Jr., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall

  • Rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries in Penn State’s victory over Akron
  • Recorded the second 80-yard run of his career in the second quarter
  • Added three catches for 54 yards and one 20-yard kickoff return to finish the contest with a Big Ten-best 246 all-purpose yards
  • Claims his third career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Trace McSorley (Nov. 28, 2016)

Defensive Player of the Week
Josey Jewell, Iowa
Sr., LB, Decorah, Iowa/Decorah

  • Recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including seven solo stops, in Iowa’s 24-3 win over Wyoming
  • Matched career highs with 2.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks
  • Added a pass breakup
  • Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Jaleel Johnson (Nov. 14, 2016)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Antoine Brooks, Maryland
So., DB, Lanham, Md./DuVal

  • Returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a touchdown in Maryland’s road victory at Texas
  • His first career touchdown gave Maryland a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter
  • Finished the game with four solo tackles, including one tackle for loss
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Teldrick Morgan (Nov. 28, 2016)

Quinn Nordin, Michigan
Fr., K, Rockford, Mich./Rockford

  • Converted four of his six field goal attempts, including two 50-yard kicks, in Michigan’s 33-17 over Florida in Arlington, Texas
  • Recorded successful kicks from 25, 55, 30 and 50 yards, becoming the first kicker in program history to hit multiple 50-yard field goals in the same game
  • Added three extra points on three attempts to finish the game with 15 points, the most ever for a Michigan kicker in his debut
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Kenny Allen (Oct. 31, 2016)

Freshman of the Week
J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
RB, La Grange, Texas/La Grange

  • Set an Ohio State record for rushing yards by a freshman in his first game with 181 yards on 29 carries at Indiana
  • Recorded an average of 6.2 yards per carry with a long run of 35 yards
  • Added two receptions for 24 yards in the contest
  • Claims his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Mike Weber (Nov. 21, 2016)