Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Nov. 20, 2017

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 18, the co-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:

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Jr., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall

  • Recorded 224 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Penn State's victory over Nebraska
  • Rushed 17 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a school-record 39 career rushing touchdowns
  • Added six catches for 66 yards, giving him 46 receptions on the season and breaking the Penn State single-season record for receptions by a running back (previously held by Larry Johnson with 41 catches in 2002)
  • Receives his sixth career Offensive Player of the Week award and fourth this season, tying him for second all-time in single-season offensive honors
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Saquon Barkley (Oct. 23, 2017)

Anthony Mahoungou, Purdue
Sr., WR, Paris, France/West Hills College

  • Tied a career high with seven receptions for a career-high 135 yards and two touchdowns in Purdue's victory at Iowa
  • Opened the second half with five straight receptions from Elijah Sindelar on Purdue's first two possessions for 118 yards and two scores to give Purdue a 21-9 lead
  • His 42-yard touchdown reception on Purdue's opening drive of the the third quarter was the third-longest scoring play of the season for the Boilermakers
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Blough (Nov. 2, 2015)

Defensive Player of the Week
Nate Hall, Northwestern
Jr., LB, Toledo, Ohio/Southview

  • Recorded 2.5 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery as Northwestern won its sixth consecutive game for the first time since 1996
  • Finished the game with seven tackles, including a team-high five solo stops
  • Anchored a Northwestern defense that recorded its first shutout since 2015
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Paddy Fisher (Oct. 30, 2017)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Nick Nelson, Wisconsin
Jr., CB, Glenarden, Md./Suitland

  • Scored the first punt return touchdown of his career on a 50-yard return to open the scoring in the first quarter of Wisconsin's victory over Michigan
  • His touchdown marked the Badgers' first punt return TD since Kenzel Doe ran back an 82-yard return vs. Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012
  • Added an 18-yard return in the fourth quarter to set up Wisconsin's final field goal, as well as two tackles and a team-high two pass break-ups
  • Receives his first career Special Teams Player of the Week award
  • Last Wisconsin Special Teams Player of the Week: Rafael Gaglianone (Sept. 5, 2016)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Morgan Ellison, Indiana
Fr., RB, Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central

  • Collected the second 100-yard game of his career with 149 yards on 15 attempts in the Hoosiers' win over Rutgers
  • Added two touchdowns, marking his second career multi-touchdown game
  • His career-long 45-yard rush in the third quarter set up his second touchdown of the game
  • Claims his second Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Whop Philyor (Oct. 30, 2017)

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Fr., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem

  • Carried the ball 19 times for 132 yards in Wisconsin's win over Michigan, marking his eighth game with at least 100 yards this season
  • Now has 1,657 rushing yards this season, moving him past Herschel Walker for eighth on the NCAA's all-time freshman rushing list
  • Ranks seventh on Wisconsin's overall single-season rushing list
  • Claims his seventh career Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, tying him for the most in conference history alongside Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014)
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 11, 2017)