Author’s Note: These are not the official Big Ten Players of the Week, but my Big Ten Players of the Week as a writer for Gridiron Heroics.
Offensive Player of the Week:
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State, Wide Receiver, Sophomore.
Harrison had 7 catches for 184 yards and 3 touchdown catches as he became the main target for C.J. Stroud. On a day many big teams lost or struggle, Ohio State did not, and that was in a large part thanks to the incredible game of Marvin Harrison Jr.
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, Quarterback, Junior.
Stroud went 16 of 24 for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns. He put up the numbers that are expected from him by fans, coaches, and most importantly himself in the 45-12 win. Stroud is in the Heisman hunt as the Buckeyes are starting to do what everyone thinks they’re capable of this year.
Evan Hull, Northwestern, Running Back, Junior. Hull had 31 touches for 278 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Even with a fumble and in a tough loss to Duke, Hull’s production was impressive. The Wildcats tend to do this, drop a non-conference game they shouldn’t then go out and compete and maybe win the Big Ten West. With Hull having production like this, one has to like their odds.
Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, Quarterback, Junior.
Tagovailoa was 27 of 31 for 391 yards and 5 total touchdowns for the Terps today. Maryland will surprise and upset some teams in the Big Ten this season and the biggest reason they will is because of the play and continued improvement of Tagovailoa. They beat Charlotte behind Tagovailoa 56-21.
Chase Brown, Illinois, Running Back, Junior.
Chase Brown has been a reliable workhorse for the Illini. This week in their win over Virginia he had 20 carries for 146 yards. For the season in 3 games, he has 496 yards and 3 total touchdowns. This is the kind of star that Brett Bielema’s offenses like to have and to have carry the team, and he did as they beat Virginia 24-3.
Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota, Running Back, Senior.
Ibrahim had another solid outing for the Gophers with 23 carries for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. The reliable Ibrahim will be needed to bring this kind of production to every game as Minnesota defeated Western Illinois 62-10.
Jalen Berger, Michigan State, Running Back, Sophomore.
Berger had 17 carries for 107 yards and 3 touchdowns. Berger is trying to follow in Kenneth Walker’s footsteps and is well on his way in Mel Tucker’s offense as the Spartans beat Akron 52-0.
Defensive Player of the Week:
Cam Allen, Purdue, Safety, Senior. Allen had 2 tackles, recovered a fumble, and returned an interception 65 yards to the house for a pick-six as Purdue got back to winning with their 56-10 victory over Indiana State. The Boilermakers’ defense is ball hawking and Cam Allen was the biggest reason why against Indiana State.
Michael Hall Jr. Ohio State, Defensive Tackle, Sophomore. The Buckeyes version of Aaron Donald had 3 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack. He is the defensive MVP through two games and doesn’t look to stop as his total numbers are 7 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks.
Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State, Linebacker, Senior.
You wanna talk about a standout game? Windmon had 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defended, 3 (yes, 3!) forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovered. I don’t care who your opponent is, that is quite the game, and no wonder MSU beat Akron 52-0.
Marques Buford Jr., Nebraska, Defensive Back, Sophomore. Buford had 5 tackles and 2 interceptions in Nebraska’s devastating loss to Georgia Southern in what is turning into a heartbreaking season for the Cornhuskers as they fall 45-42 to the Eagles.
Matthew Bailey, Illinois, Defensive Back, Freshman.
Bailey had no tackles but had 2 takeaways. He had an interception and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. As the Illini defeat the Cavaliers and hold them to only 3 points.
Cooper DeJean, Iowa, Defensive Back, Sophomore. DeJean had 11 tackles, 2 passes defended, and an interception in a soul-crushing loss to rival Iowa State. Iowa fans can console themselves with their fierce defense but unfortunately, the Ferentz dynasty still runs the offense.
Special Teams Player of the Week:
Matthew Trickett, Minnesota, Kicker, Senior.
Trickett was 2 for 2 on field goals and 8 for 8 on extra points for the Gophers. The Kent State transfer looks to make Minnesota’s Special Teams more reliable and got to do just that against Western Illinois and was the best special teams player in the Big Ten in Week 2.
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