staff, September 22, 2014

The Big Ten announced its Week 4 Players of the Week on Monday, and there are six honorees. See all of the winners and what they did to earn the honors in this post.

Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Sr., RB

  • Recorded 313 all-purpose yards, including 229 rushing yards, in Nebraska?s victory over Miami (Fla.)
  • Carried the ball a career-high 35 times, reaching the end zone twice on the ground and adding a third touchdown on a three-yard reception in the second quarter
  • Became Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, passing 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers
  • Records the third Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second of the season
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 1, 2014)

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, Jr., RB

  • Needed just 13 carries to register 253 yards and matched a school record with five touchdowns in Wisconsin?s win against Bowling Green
  • Averaged 19.5 yards per carry, shattering the previous school record of 14.9 yards per attempt
  • Helped Wisconsin set a modern-era Big Ten record with 644 team rushing yards and a school record for total offense with 756 yards.
  • Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Sept. 23, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week: William Likely, Maryland, So., CB

  • Recorded nine tackles, including one tackle for loss, and an interception to lead Maryland to a victory at Syracuse
  • Notched his second career interception late in the second quarter and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown
  • The interception return for a touchdown was the longest by a Maryland player since 1989
  • Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • First Maryland Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award

Special Teams Player of the Week: Chris Gradone, Northwestern, Jr., P

  • Averaged 44.1 yards on seven punts as Northwestern defeated Western Illinois
  • Six of his seven punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including two inside the five-yard line
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Jeff Budzien (Dec. 2, 2013)

Co-Freshmen of the Week: Tegray Scales, Indiana, LB

  • Recorded five tackles and one sack to help Indiana defeat No. 18/19 Missouri
  • Registered his first career sack as the Hoosiers collected their first road win over a top-20 team since 1987
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Ralphael Green III (Nov. 25, 2013)

Chris Streveler, Minnesota, QB

  • Logged 161 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, to lead Minnesota to a victory over San Jose State in his first career start
  • Posted the third-most rushing yards ever by a Minnesota quarterback
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Mitch Leidner (Sept. 23, 2013)