BiG Men’s Football and Basketball Players of the Week

Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Markell Jones, Purdue

Jr., RB, Columbus, Ind./Columbus East

  • Rushed 31 times for 217 yards, both career highs, in Purdue’s win vs. Indiana, including 159 yards on 22 carries (7.2 YPC) in the second half
  • First career 200-yard rushing game and the first by a Boilermaker since Ralph Bolden rushed for 234 yards against Toledo on Sept. 5, 2009
  • Fourth career 100-yard rushing game and now has 1,968 rushing yards for his career (13th in school history)
  • Receives his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Blough (Nov. 2, 2015)


Akrum Wadley, Iowa

Sr., RB, Newark, N.J./Weequahic

  • Rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns and added one catch for eight yards in Iowa’s win vs. Nebraska
  • Became only the third opposing player in the last 20 years with 150+ rushing yards and 3+ rushing touchdowns in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium
  • Became the fourth Hawkeye to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and the first since Fred Russell in 2002-03
  • Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Offensive Player of the Week: Nate Stanley (Sept. 10, 2017)


Defensive Player of the Week

Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

Jr., DE, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller

  • Recorded five total tackles (four solo) and a forced fumble in Ohio State’s win at Michigan
  • Set a career high with 2.5 sacks for minus-27 yards
  • Led a defense that limited Michigan to 100 rushing yards
  • Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Raekwon McMillan (Nov. 28, 2016)


Special Teams Player of the Week

Hunter Niswander, Northwestern

Sr., P, Peninsula, Ohio/Woodridge

  • Averaged 48.3 yards on six punts and placed 3 punts inside the 20-yard line in Northwestern’s win at Illinois
  • Hit his longest punt of the day (61 yards) with Northwestern on its own 13-yard line and holding a 14-7 lead in the second quarter
  • Receives his second career Special Teams Player of the Week award
  • Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Hunter Niswander (Oct. 22, 2017)


Freshman of the Week

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Fr., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem

  • Rushed for 149 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown in Wisconsin’s win at Minnesota
  • Recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing game in 12 career games
  • Has 1,806 yards on the season, third-most by a freshman in FBS history behind only Ron Dayne (2,109 – 1996) and Adrian Peterson (1,925 – 2004)
  • Claims his eighth Freshman of the Week award and his seventh consecutive honor this season
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 20, 2017)

Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Gophers’ Jordan Murphy earns Player of the Week honor for a third consecutive week; Spartans’ Jaren Jackson Jr. and Badgers’ Brad Davison named Co-Freshmen of the Week


Player of the Week

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota

F – Jr. – 6-7 – San Antonio, Texas – Brennan

  • Recorded three double-doubles to continue his streak of double-doubles in every game this season
  • Averaged 18.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in three wins last week
  • Became the first Gopher since Trevor Mbakwe to grab 10+ rebounds in seven consecutive games
  • Tied a career high with four steals vs. Alabama A&M
  • Last three-peat Player of the Week honoree: Ohio State’s Evan Turner (Nov. 16, 23 and 30, 2009)
  • Earns his fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and third this season
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Jordan Murphy (Nov. 20, 2017)

Co-Freshmen of the Week

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

F – 6-11 – Carmel, Ind. – La Lumiere

  • Averaged 9.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks the past week to lead Michigan State to three wins and the Victory Bracket championship at the PK80 Invitational
  • Had two double-doubles during the week against DePaul (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Connecticut (12 points, 10 rebounds)
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Justin Jackson (Jan. 23, 2017)

Brad Davison, Wisconsin

G – 6-3 – Maple Grove, Minn. – Maple Grove

  • Averaged 15 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2 steals per game in Wisconsin’s three games last week
  • Came off the bench and posted 12 points and 4 steals vs. No. 22 Baylor
  • Scored 14 points and added 2 rebounds and 2 steals in his first career start vs. No. 23 UCLA
  • Shot 50 percent for the week, including a 7-for-8 effort for a career-high 19 points against Milwaukee
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Ethan Happ (Feb. 1, 2016)


2017-18 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 13         

P: Jordan Murphy, MINN

F: Luka Garza, IOWA


Nov. 20

P: Jordan Murphy, MINN

F: Darryl Morsell, MD


Nov. 27

P: Jordan Murphy, MINN

F: Jaren Jackson Jr., MSU

F: Brad Davison, WIS

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