staff, staff, September 28, 2015

The Big Ten office named its Week 4 Big Ten Football Players of the Week on Monday, following a 12-2 record Saturday in the final week of full-on non-conference play. See the award winners and watch select highlights below.

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Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Jordan Howard, Indiana, Jr., RB, Gardendale, Ala./Gardendale

  • Carried the ball a season-high 33 times for 168 yards and a touchdown in Indiana?s victory at Wake Forest
  • Became the only Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last 20 seasons with at least 140 rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program
  • Guided the Hoosiers to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990
  • Earns the first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Tevin Coleman (Oct. 13, 2014)


Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska, Jr., QB, Cibolo, Texas/Steele

  • Set a career high with 431 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards and 63 rushing yards, in Nebraska?s victory over Southern Miss
  • Threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one more, leading the Nebraska offense to scores on each of its six first-half possessions
  • Registered his fourth 300-yard passing game in his last five contests
  • Claims the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Terrell Newby (Sept. 14, 2015)


Co-Defensive Players of the Week: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State, Sr., DE, Middletown, N.J./Middletown North

  • Recorded six tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one pass break-up as Michigan State improved to 4-0 on the season
  • Added four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal
  • Matched his career highs for sacks and tackles for loss
  • Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 9, 2013
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Riley Bullough (Sept. 14, 2015)


Anthony Zettel, Penn State, Sr., DT, West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights

  • Notched a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks, in Penn State?s win over San Diego State
  • Also recovered a fumble, the second of his career
  • His seven tackles led all Penn State players
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Trevor Williams (Sept. 15, 2014)


Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State, Jr., P, Geelong, Australia/St. Joseph?s

  • Averaged 51.5 yards per punt over four attempts against Western Michigan, with three punts placed inside the 20-yard line
  • Two punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line
  • Helped the Buckeyes hold the Broncos to zero punt return yards in the contest
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 30, 2013
  • Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Bradley Roby (Oct. 7, 2013)


Freshman of the Week: Taiwan Deal, Wisconsin, RB, Capitol Heights, Md./DeMatha

  • Rushed the ball 26 times for a career-high 147 yards in Wisconsin?s win over Hawaii
  • Recorded a pair of first-half touchdowns, giving the Badgers a 14-0 lead at halftime
  • Made his first career start in the contest
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement (Nov. 18, 2013)