Big Ten Conference Football News: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Football Honors

11/15/2021

Following Week 11, the Co-Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week, and the Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
WR – Jr. – Austin, Texas – Lake Travis (Texas)

  • Scored four offensive touchdowns in Ohio State’s 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. Caught 10 passes for 126 yards (12.6 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns
  • Also scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 51-yard run in the second quarter
  • Became the first Ohio State wide receiver to notch four touchdowns in a game since Noah Brown against Oklahoma in 2016. Registered the first four-touchdown game by a Buckeye since J.K. Dobbins vs. Michigan in 2019
  • Is one of just two players in the Big Ten to score four or more touchdowns in a single game in 2021, joining Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (five touchdowns vs. Michigan on Oct. 30 and four touchdowns at Northwestern on Sept. 3)
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 11, 2021)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
RB – Fr. – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac

  • Started the first game of his career and carried 25 times for a career-high 173 yards (6.9 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns to help the Badgers defeat Northwestern 35-7. Became the first Badger to record three rushing touchdowns in a game since Jonathan Taylor scored four vs. Kent State on Oct. 5, 2019
  • Eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth consecutive game, marking the longest streak by a Badger since Jonathan Taylor opened the 2018 season with seven straight 100-yard games
  • Ranks fifth among all FBS freshmen running backs in rushing yards (834), while ranking third in yard per carry (7.06) and sixth in rushing touchdowns (nine)
  • Is the first Wisconsin freshman to register six 100-yard rushing games in a season since Anthony Davis in 2001
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week honor; has also been named Freshman of the Week twice this season
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Graham Mertz (Oct. 26, 2020)

Defensive Player of the Week
Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
DE – Sr. – Plymouth, Mich. – Divine Child (Mich.)

  • Compiled seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, and a career-high three sacks in Michigan’s 21-17 win at Penn State. Also notched his second forced fumble of the season
  • Is now tied with teammate David Ojabo for the most sacks in the Big Ten this season (10.0). Hutchinson and Ojabo are the first pair of Michigan teammates in program history to record 10-plus sacks in the same season. The duo is the only pair of teammates in the FBS to each record more than 10 sacks in 2021
  • Becomes one of just four Wolverines to record at least three sacks in a game since 2000 and the first to do so since Josh Uche notched five sacks at Illinois on Oct. 12, 2019
  • Earns the second Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career and first since Oct. 7, 2019
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Brad Hawkins (Oct. 11, 2021)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Stout, Penn State
K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.)

  • Tied a career high with three field goals vs. No. 6 Michigan, including kicks from 52, 42 and 31 yards. Now ranks second in Penn State history with five field goals of more than 50 yards, trailing only Chris Bahr’s six
  • Punted four times for 204 yards (51.0 avg.), landing all four of his attempts inside the 20, including two inside the 10. Hit two 50-plus yard punts and dropped a 49-yard punt at the Michigan 1
  • Also completed an 18-yard pass on a fake punt, marking the first completion by a Penn State punter since Chris Clauss completed a 6-yard pass vs. Maryland on Nov. 7, 1987
  • Earns the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his second of the season
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Oct. 4, 2021)

Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

  • Completed 31 of 38 passes (.816 pct.) for 361 yards and a career-high-tying five touchdowns in Ohio State’s 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. Marks his sixth 300-yard passing performance of the season
  • His 31 completions are tied for the sixth most in a single game in Ohio State history and his five touchdown passes are tied for the seventh most in program history
  • Is the only quarterback in the Big Ten to throw for five touchdowns in a game this season and has now done so three times (vs. Purdue, vs. Maryland and at Rutgers)
  • Ranks fifth in the FBS this season in passing efficiency (179.4)
  • Earns the sixth Freshman of the Week honor of his career; was also named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 25, 2021)

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