Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Sept. 11, 2017


Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 8-9, 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 Player of the Week
Nate Stanley, Iowa
So., QB, Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie

• Completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns to guide Iowa to a come-from-behind overtime victory at Iowa State
• Became the second Big Ten quarterback with at least 300 passing yards and five passing touchdowns without an interception in a road game since 1997 and the first Hawkeye with 300 yards and five touchdowns passing in any game since 1987
• Completed passes to nine different receivers
• Receives his first career weekly honor
• Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: LeShun Daniels Jr. (Nov. 21, 2016)

Co-Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Fr., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem

• Rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to a victory over Florida Atlantic in his first career start
• Became the fourth true freshman in program history to rush for 200 yards, joining Alan Ameche, Ron Dayne and Zach Brown
• Recorded the most rushing touchdowns in a game by a Wisconsin true freshman since James White tallied four against Austin Peay in 2010
• Claims his first career weekly awards
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Nov. 24, 2014)
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Alex Hornibrook (Sept. 26, 2016)

Defensive Player of the Week
Tyree Kinnel, Michigan
Jr., DB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne

• Returned his first career interception 28 yards for a touchdown in Michigan’s victory over Cincinnati
• Tallied a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops
• Registered his first career tackle for loss on his first career sack
• Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Jabrill Peppers (Sept. 19, 2016)

Special Teams Player of the Week
J-Shun Harris II, Indiana
Jr., WR, Fishers, Ind./Fishers

• Registered his first career punt return touchdown and the first by a Hoosier since 2015 with a 44-yard return in Indiana’s win at Virginia
• Finished the game with 109 punt return yards, the most for an Indiana player since 1991
• Added a 43-yard return in the second quarter which set up the Hoosiers’ second touchdown of the contest
• Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Griffin Oakes (Nov. 23, 2015)