staff, staff, October 14, 2013

The Big Ten Conference released its Week 7 Players of the Week on Monday. A pair of Nittany Lions took home superlative honors following their thrilling 4OT victory over previously unbeaten Michigan. See all the honorees in this post, plus watch their highlights.

Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State, Jr., RB

  • Accounted for four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, in Michigan State?s 42-28 victory over Indiana
  • Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, totaling 109 yards on 23 carries, scoring on runs of two, five and 32 yards
  • Scored on an 11-yard screen pass in the second quarter, adding to his career-best 120 all-purpose yardage in the game
  • Wins his first Offensive Player of the Week accolade
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Le?Veon Bell (Nov. 26, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week: C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State, Jr., DE

  • Recorded eight tackles, including a career best 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in Penn State?s quadruple-overtime win over nationally ranked Michigan
  • Forced his first career fumble on a second-quarter sack, one of three Michigan turnovers
  • Was part of the Penn State defensive effort that accounted for 11 tackles for loss and held the Wolverines to two field goals in four overtime periods
  • Claims his first Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Jordan Hill (Nov. 26, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Sadler, Michigan State, Jr., P

  • Posted a Big Ten record for all games of 59.3 yards per punt, totaling 237 yards on four attempts in Michigan State?s win over Indiana
  • Recorded a season-long 69-yarder in the fourth quarter, while also booting punts of 44, 56 and 68 yards
  • Placed one kick inside the 20, pinning Indiana at its own 10-yard line
  • Wins his third Special Teams Player of the Week honor overall and first this season
  • Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Sadler (Nov. 5, 2012)

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

  • Threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for the game-tying score with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against nationally ranked Michigan
  • Guided Penn State on an 80-yard touchdown drive with no timeouts and 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter, completing three passes for 79 yards and scoring on a one-yard run to force overtime
  • Posted his third 300-yard passing game, leaving him three games shy of the program career record
  • Wins his third Freshman of the Week accolade
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Sept. 16, 2013)