Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Nov. 27, 2017


Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Markell Jones, Purdue
Jr., RB, Columbus, Ind./Columbus East
• Rushed 31 times for 217 yards, both career highs, in Purdue’s win vs. Indiana, including 159 yards on 22 carries (7.2 YPC) in the second half
• First career 200-yard rushing game and the first by a Boilermaker since Ralph Bolden rushed for 234 yards against Toledo on Sept. 5, 2009
• Fourth career 100-yard rushing game and now has 1,968 rushing yards for his career (13th in school history)
• Receives his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Blough (Nov. 2, 2015)

Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Sr., RB, Newark, N.J./Weequahic
• Rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns and added one catch for eight yards in Iowa’s win vs. Nebraska
• Became only the third opposing player in the last 20 years with 150+ rushing yards and 3+ rushing touchdowns in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium
• Became the fourth Hawkeye to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and the first since Fred Russell in 2002-03
• Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: Nate Stanley (Sept. 10, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Hubbard, Ohio State
Jr., DE, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
• Recorded five total tackles (four solo) and a forced fumble in Ohio State’s win at Michigan
• Set a career high with 2.5 sacks for minus-27 yards
• Led a defense that limited Michigan to 100 rushing yards
• Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Raekwon McMillan (Nov. 28, 2016)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Hunter Niswander, Northwestern
Sr., P, Peninsula, Ohio/Woodridge
• Averaged 48.3 yards on six punts and placed 3 punts inside the 20-yard line in Northwestern’s win at Illinois
• Hit his longest punt of the day (61 yards) with Northwestern on its own 13-yard line and holding a 14-7 lead in the second quarter
• Receives his second career Special Teams Player of the Week award
• Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Hunter Niswander (Oct. 22, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Fr., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem
• Rushed for 149 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in Wisconsin’s win at Minnesota
• Recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game in 12 career games
• Has 1,806 yards on the season, third-most by a freshman in FBS history behind only Ron Dayne (2,109 – 1996) and Adrian Peterson (1,925 – 2004)
• Claims his eighth Freshman of the Week award and his seventh consecutive honor this season
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 20, 2017)