Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 29, the offensive, co-defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:
Offensive Player of the Week
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
So., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall
- Set career highs with 207 rushing yards and 277 all-purpose yards in Penn State’s victory over Purdue
- Carried the ball 18 times for an average of 11.5 yards per attempt with two touchdowns, including an 81-yard score
- Added three catches for 70 yards
- Claims his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
- Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Saquon Barkley (Oct. 10, 2016)
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Marcus Oliver, Indiana
Jr., LB, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton
- Established career highs with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in Indiana’s win over Maryland
- Recorded his 10th and 11th career forced fumbles to set a new school record
- Finished with eight tackles, including seven solo stops
- Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
- Last Indiana Defensive Player of the Week: John Pannozzo, (Sept. 5, 2005)
Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
So., LB, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie
- Tallied a career-high 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, in Wisconsin’s overtime victory over Nebraska
- Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including one on Nebraska’s lone possession in overtime
- Added two pass break-ups
- Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
- Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Cichy (Oct. 17, 2016)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Kenny Allen, Michigan
Sr., K/P, Fenton, Mich./Fenton
- Went 3-for-3 on both field goals and extra points in Michigan’s victory at Michigan State
- Converted field goals from 23, 23 and 45 yards
- Recorded touchbacks on three of his six kickoffs and averaged 40.7 yards on three punts
- Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
- Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Jabrill Peppers (Sept. 19, 2016)
Freshman of the Week
Tyler Natee, Indiana
RB, Euless, Texas/Trinity
- Set career highs with 18 carries and 111 rushing yards in the Hoosiers’ victory over Maryland
- Recorded a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
- Helped Indiana record 414 rushing yards, its most against a Big Ten opponent since 2001
- Wins his first career weekly award
- Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Marcelino Ball (Sept. 12, 20
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior linebacker Marcus Oliver earned Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week honors and true freshman running back Tyler Natee was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the league announced today. Oliver is IU’s first defensive honoree since John Pannozzo (Sept. 5, 2005), while true freshman husky Marcelino Ball captured freshman honors following the team’s week two win over Ball State.
Oliver set career-highs with two sacks, his first career multi-sack game, and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Hoosiers (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten East) 42-36 victory over Maryland. He matched his career-best with two forced fumbles.
The Hamilton, Ohio, native set the program career mark and now owns 11 forced fumbles. Oliver’s final force set up an Indiana touchdown, which put the Hoosiers up 35-24 in the fourth quarter. He added eight tackles, seven solo.
Natee played quarterback and running back and spearheaded IU’s 414-yard rushing attack, the second-highest total in Kevin Wilson‘s tenure and the most for IU against a Big Ten opponent since a 489-yard performance at Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001.
He set career-highs with 18 rushes for 111 yards, his first 100-yard game. Natee added a 2-yard touchdown following Oliver’s second takeaway.
Indiana (4-4, 2-3 B1G East) travels to Rutgers (2-6, 0-5 B1G East) on Saturday, Nov. 5. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454; FieldTurf) on BTN.