staff, October 5, 2015

Following Week 5 action, the Big Ten office released its weekly award winners Monday morning. See all of the honorees and watch select video highlights below.

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Offensive Player of the Week: Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, Jr., RB, Saint Louis, Mo./Burroughs

  • Rushed for a career-high 274 yards with 11.9 yards per carry and three touchdowns in Ohio State?s victory at Indiana
  • All three touchdowns came in the second half and covered more than 50 yards, as Elliott reached the end zone from 55, 65 and 75 yards
  • Leads all Big Ten players and ranks sixth nationally with 145.8 rushing yards per contest
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Sept. 8, 2015)


Co-Defensive Players of the Week: Desmond King, Iowa, Jr., DB, Detroit, Mich./East English Village

  • Recorded nine tackles and two interceptions to guide Iowa to a victory at Wisconsin
  • Posted his second multi-interception game of the season, pushing his conference-leading season total to five
  • Helped the Hawkeyes reach 5-0 for the first time since 2009
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Louis Trinca-Pasat (Nov. 3, 2014)


Joe Schobert, Wisconsin, Sr., LB, Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha West

  • Notched eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery against Iowa
  • Added five quarterback hurries for the Badgers, who rank fourth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 9.6 points per game
  • Leads the nation in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles
  • Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Schobert (Nov. 17, 2014)


Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Foltz, Nebraska, Jr., P, Greeley, Neb./Grand Island

  • Averaged 46.9 yards per punt over nine attempts against Illinois
  • Three punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line
  • Recorded five punts of at least 50 yards, including each of his first four attempts
  • Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 8, 2014
  • Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: De?Mornay Pierson-El (Dec. 1, 2014)


Freshman of the Week: LJ Scott, Michigan State, RB, Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard

  • Established career highs with 18 carries and 146 rushing yards, while notching two rushing touchdowns in Michigan State?s victory over Purdue
  • Scored on runs of one and 18 yards in the first quarter
  • Broke 100 rushing yards for the first time in his career and tallied multiple touchdowns for the second time
  • Wins his second career weekly award
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: LJ Scott (Sept. 14, 2015)