staff, staff, September 29, 2014

The Big Ten Conference handed out its Week 5 Players of the Week on Monday. See all of the winners and what they did to earn the honors in this post.

Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska, Sr., RB

  • Rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, including 127 yards in the first quarter alone, as Nebraska improved to 5-0 on the season
  • Posted his third 200-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career
  • Set a career-high with three rushing touchdowns and had three touchdowns overall for the second straight week
  • Records the fourth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and third of the season
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 22, 2014)


Defensive Player of the Week: Cole Farrand, Maryland, Sr., LB

  • Recorded 19 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, to lead Maryland to a victory over Indiana
  • Posted the highest single-game tackle total in the Big Ten this season and is tied for the second-highest total among FBS players this season
  • His 19 tackles are the most by a Maryland player since he totaled 23 last season against Clemson
  • Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: William Likely (Sept. 22, 2014)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Griffin Oakes, Indiana, Fr., K

  • Converted three field goal attempts, including a school-record 58-yarder and kicks from 38 and 48 yards
  • Broke the previous school record of 55 yards set in 1989
  • Tied for the 10th longest field goal in Big Ten history and the longest since 2009
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Mitch Ewald (Oct. 21, 2013)

Co-Freshmen of the Week: Anthony Walker, Northwestern, LB

  • Recorded eight tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in a victory at Penn State
  • Led the team in tackles as the Wildcats defense did not allow a touchdown in a Big Ten game for the first time since 1995
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Dan Vitale (Nov. 19, 2012)

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider

  • Went 26-of-36 for 330 yards and four touchdowns as the Buckeyes defeated Cincinnati
  • Added 79 rushing yards, giving him 409 total yards, the second-highest total in school history and most since 1981
  • Wins his third Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Sept. 15, 2014)