staff, October 21, 2013

The Big Ten office released its Week 8 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday, and it includes a pair of first-time honorees. Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon, the Offensive Player of the Week, highlights the list following his record-breaking 369 receiving yards in a wild win over Indiana. See all the honorees in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, Sr., WR

  • Established a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards, the second-most in Football Bowl Subdivision history, in Michigan?s victory over Indiana
  • Broke the Big Ten?s previous mark of 301 yards set by Purdue?s Chris Daniels in 1999
  • Caught a career-high 14 passes for an average of 26.4 yards per catch, scoring two touchdowns as the Wolverines posted a school-record 751 yards of total offense
  • Scored on touchdown catches of 21 and 50 yards, two of his six plays that went for more than 20 yards on the day
  • Records his second career weekly honor and second this season
  • Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon (Sept. 9, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week: Max Bullough, Michigan State, Sr., LB

  • Recorded 10 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in Michigan State?s shutout against Purdue, the Spartans? first shutout of a conference foe since 1999
  • Had a hand in the Spartans? first score of the game, recording a sack and a forced fumble in the second quarter, resulting in a 45-yard Denicos Allen touchdown return
  • Posted double-digit tackles for the seventh time in his career as the Spartan defense allowed just 226 total yards
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Darqueze Dennard (Oct. 6, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Mitch Ewald, Indiana, Sr., K

  • Chipped in 11 points as Indiana scored 40 or more points for the fourth time this season, finishing with 47 on the road against Michigan
  • Closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal, becoming the first Hoosier to convert a 50-yarder since 2002
  • Also converted from 23 yards out and was successful on all five extra point attempts
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since his freshman season
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Mitch Ewald (Nov. 29, 2010)

Freshman of the Week: Desmond King, Iowa, DB

  • Totaled a career-best 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Hawkeyes road contest against Ohio State
  • Was part of an Iowa defense that held the Buckeyes to more than 12 points below their season average
  • Ranks second among all Big Ten freshmen in tackles, averaging nearly six stops per contest
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: N/A