staff, October 17, 2016

The Big Ten office released its Week 7 football award winners Monday. See all of the honorees, plus watch select video highlights, below.

Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Justin Jackson, Northwestern, Jr., RB

  • Rushed for a career-high 188 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a road victory over Michigan State
  • Recorded touchdown runs of 29 yards and 26 yards as Northwestern scored more points than any Spartans home opponent in history
  • Leads the Big Ten in rushing attempts and rushing yards and ranks fifth in touchdowns on the ground
  • Claims his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Offensive Player of the Week: Kain Colter (Oct. 29, 2012)


J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr., QB

  • Accounted for 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in a 30-23 overtime victory at Wisconsin
  • Led the Buckeyes back from 10-point deficits twice, scored two rushing touchdowns and hit Noah Brown on a 7-yard touchdown pass in overtime for the deciding points
  • Now responsible for 89 touchdowns (rushing and passing), breaking the Ohio State career record for touchdowns responsible for previously held by Braxton Miller
  • Receives the sixth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second this season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Noah Brown (Sept. 19, 2016)


Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Cichy, Wisconsin, Jr., LB

  • Tallied a career-high 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops, against Ohio State
  • Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack
  • Added one forced fumble
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: T.J. Watt (Sept. 26, 2016)


Special Teams Player of the Week: Solomon Vault, Northwestern, Jr., WR

  • Registered a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter after Michigan State had cut the Northwestern lead to 33-31
  • Recorded his fourth career kickoff return touchdown, extending his school record and moving into a tie for third place in Big Ten history with Michigan State?s DeAndra Cobb
  • Marked his first kick return for a touchdown since Nov. 7, 2015, against Penn State
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Jack Mitchell (Nov. 17, 2014)


Freshman of the Week: Patrick Nelson, Illinois, S

  • Led the Illini defense with 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in a victory over Rutgers
  • Added 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack
  • Moved into a tie for the Big Ten lead in tackles per game in conference play with 12.0 tackles
  • Wins his first career weekly award
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Ke?Shawn Vaughn (Nov. 9, 2015)