, October 9, 2017

The Big Ten office released its Week 6 players of the week Monday, and Wisconsin true freshman RB Jonathan Taylor took home a pair of the honors. See all of the honorees and watch video highlights below.

Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, Fr., RB

  • Rushed for a career-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to a victory at Nebraska
  • Became the second true freshman in program history to record multiple 200-yard rushing games and the first since Ron Dayne in 1996
  • His 249 yards were the most by a Badger in a road game since Melvin Gordon rushed for 259 yards at Northwestern in 2014
  • Claims each award for the second time in his career
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Alex Hornibrook (Sept. 18, 2017)
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Sept. 11, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Bachie, Michigan State, So., LB

  • Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles, including six solo stops, as Michigan State defeated Michigan on the road in Ann Arbor
  • Recorded an 11-yard sack, his first career interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up
  • His forced fumble in the first quarter led to Michigan State?s first touchdown of the game and gave the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish
  • Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jon Reschke (Nov. 23, 2015)

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ty Johnson, Maryland, Jr., RB

  • Registered his first career kick return touchdown with a 100-yard return in the first quarter at Ohio State
  • His touchdown marked the 37th 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in Big Ten history and the first since fellow Terp Will Likely did so against Iowa on Oct. 31, 2015
  • Averaged 31.5 yards per kickoff return on six attempts
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Antoine Brooks (Sept. 4, 2017)