Big Ten office hands out Week 6 individual honors

The Big Ten Conference announced its Week 6 Players of the Week on Monday, and three Ohio State players were honored following Saturday night’s comeback win at Northwestern. See all the honorees, plus their video highlights, in this post.

Offensive Co-Players of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Jr., IB

  • Rushed for a career-high 225 yards on just 20 carries, an 11.3 average, and two touchdowns in Nebraska’s win over Illinois
  • Had three runs of 30 yards or more to finish with the most rushing yards by a Husker since Roy Helu’s program-record 307 yards in 2010
  • Scored on Nebraska’s opening possession of each half, a two-yard run in the first quarter and a 43-yarder in the third, and finished the day with 240 all-purpose yards
  • Wins his first career Offensive Player of the Week accolade and fourth weekly honor overall, claiming Special Teams Player of the Week in 2011 and 2012 and Freshman of the Week in 2011
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Nov. 5, 2012)

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, Sr., RB

  • Finished with a career-high 168 rushing yards, scoring three second-half touchdowns, to help Ohio State to a come-from-behind win at nationally ranked Northwestern
  • Scored on a four-yarder in the third quarter, a two-yarder early in the fourth and a seven-yard run to give the Buckeyes the game-winning score with 5:25 left in the game.
  • Also recorded four catches for 38 yards for 206 yards of total offense, and was responsible for 15 first downs
  • Records his second career Offensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Sept. 30, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, Sr., CB

  • Finished with eight tackles and two interceptions, both career highs, in Michigan State’s road win at Iowa
  • Recorded his first interception midway through the first quarter and his second at the 5:25 mark of the fourth quarter, helping the Spartans preserve the win
  • Was part of the Michigan State defense that held the Hawkeyes to 264 total yards, 183 yards below their season average
  • Claims his first Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun (Sept. 9, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Bradley Roby, Ohio State, Jr., CB

  • Blocked a Northwestern punt in the end zone in the first quarter, then made the recovery for Ohio State’s only touchdown of the first half
  • It is his second career blocked punt, third special teams touchdown and fourth score overall
  • Also finished with two special teams tackles
  • Wins his first Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston (Sept. 30, 2013)

Freshman of the Week: Joey Bosa, Ohio State, DE

  • Finished with five tackles, including his first two career sacks, in Ohio State’s come-from-behind win at nationally ranked Northwestern
  • Recovered a Wildcat fumble in the end zone as time expired, giving the Buckeyes the final score of the game
  • His four solo tackles and two tackles for loss matched personal bests
  • Wins his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Bri’onte Dunn (Nov. 5, 2012)

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