, October 10, 2016

The Big Ten office released its Week 6 award winners on Monday morning, and it was a pair of Penn State and Purdue players claiming the honors.

See all of the award winners, plus watch video highlights, below.

Offensive Player of the Week: Saquon Barkley, Penn State, So., RB

  • Broke the 200-yard rushing barrier for the first time in his career, carrying the ball 31 times for 202 yards and a touchdown in a win over Maryland
  • Recorded the most rushing yards in single game by a Nittany Lion since Larry Johnson rushed for 279 yards against Michigan State in 2002
  • Registered six carries of 10 yards or more, giving him 16 such carries this season and 50 for his career
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Bill Belton (Nov. 4, 2013)


Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Smith, Penn State, Jr., LB

  • Tallied a career-high 14 tackles in Penn State?s victory over Maryland
  • Recorded his first career interception, picking off a Perry Hills pass late in the first quarter
  • Added one tackle for loss
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Marcus Allen (Oct. 3, 2016)


Special Teams Player of the Week: J.D. Dellinger, Purdue, Fr., PK

  • Recorded the first game-winning overtime field goal in school history, converting from 28 yards to complete a victory over Illinois
  • Went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, adding a successful kick from 37 yards in the third quarter
  • Converted all four extra point tries to finish the game with 10 points, marking the most points for a Purdue kicker since Aug. 30, 2014
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Special Teams Player of the Week: Paul Griggs (Nov. 10, 2014)


Freshman of the Week: Brian Lankford-Johnson, Purdue, RB

  • Carried the ball 18 times for 127 yards and a touchdown as Purdue defeated Illinois in overtime
  • Added 43 yards on two kickoff returns and 12 receiving yards, tallying a game-high 182 all-purpose yards
  • Averaged 7.1 yards per carry in his first career start
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Frankie Williams (Nov. 26, 2012)