Big Ten office releases Week 9 Players of the Week

The Big Ten office released its Week 9 Players of the Week on Monday morning. Ohio State had a pair of honorees, Braxton Miller and Dontre Wilson, for its 63-14 victory over Penn State under the lights. See all the honorees in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Jr., QB

  • Had a hand in five Ohio State touchdowns, including three passing and two rushing, in the Buckeyes’ victory over Penn State
  • Finished with 320 yards of total offense, completing 18 of 24 passes for a career-high 252 yards, and rushing for 68 yards on 11 carries in less than three quarters
  • Has been a part of 61 Ohio State touchdowns in his career, tied for third in program history
  • Records his third career weekly honor and second this season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Carlos Hyde (Oct. 7, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week: James Morris, Iowa, Sr., LB

  • Recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and two sacks, and recovered a fumble in Iowa’s overtime victory over Northwestern
  • Recovered a Wildcat fumble late in the second quarter, thwarting the drive and preserving Iowa’s 10-point lead
  • Became the first player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to record three interceptions, three sacks and 50 tackles this season
  • Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: James Morris (Sept. 30, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Chris Hawthorne, Minnesota, Sr., K

  • Converted on both field goal attempts and four extra points to help Minnesota defeat nationally ranked Nebraska
  • Connected on a 26-yarder in the second quarter to give the Gophers a 17-10 lead
  • Made a 45-yard try in the third quarter, giving Minnesota a 27-13 advantage
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Marcus Jones (Sept. 9, 2013)

Freshman of the Week: Dontre Wilson, Ohio State, RB

  • Finished with 96 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in Ohio State’s victory over Penn State
  • Recorded a career-long 49 yard kickoff return in the second quarter, leading to the Buckeyes’ fifth touchdown
  • Was on the receiving end of a 26-yard touchdown pass from Braxton Miller in the third quarter
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Joey Bosa (Oct. 7, 2013)

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