Big Ten hands out Week 3 football honors

The Big Ten office released its Week 3 Players of the Week on Monday morning, and Ohio State won two of the four awards. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton won Offensive Player of the Week and star linebacker Ryan Shazier took home Defensive Player of the Week. See all the honorees in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State, Sr., QB

  • Completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs, to lead Ohio State to a road win at California in his first career start
  • Gave the Buckeyes a quick 21-0 lead in the first six minutes, throwing three touchdowns, including a 90-yarder to Devin Smith, the longest play from scrimmage in school history
  • Also finished with 14 carries for 92 yards, helping Ohio State to 608 yards of total offense, the most under Urban Meyer
  • Records his first career weekly honor
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Carlos Hyde (Oct. 8, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, Jr., LB

  • Led the Buckeye defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in Ohio State’s road win against California
  • Was part of an Ohio State defense that held the California passing offense, which was ranked first in the nation entering the weekend, to 100 yards below its season average
  • Also forced a fumble and recorded a sack
  • Claims his third career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: John Simon (Nov. 19, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Justin DuVernois, Illinois, Jr., P

  • Averaged 45.2 yards per punt, totaling 226 yards on five kicks with a long of 57, for the Illini against Washington
  • Had three of his punts land inside the 20-yard line, including one at the six-yard line, another at the nine-yard line and one at the 13-yard line
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Special Teams Player of the Week: Derek Dimke (Sept. 26, 2011)

Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State, QB

  • Completed 21 of 28 passes, a 75 percent completion rate, for 262 yards and a touchdown against UCF
  • Brought Penn State to within a field goal with under three minutes to play, connecting with Allen Robinson on a five-yard touchdown pass
  • Ranks third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (283.7) after throwing for more than 250 yards in each of his first three starts
  • Wins his second career weekly award
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Sept. 2, 2013)

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