Every week in the Big Ten, there are outstanding young men playing football for our entertainment, and so we at OTE feel that it is only right to recognize the best and the brightest of these. Nominees from the crack OTE writing staff were sparse this week, so no honorable mentions will be awarded. Here now, the week 6 winners:
Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathon Taylor, Wisconsin RB
Taylor ran for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, giving him the conference lead in rushing by nearly 100 yards over Ohio State’s JK Dobbins.
Defensive Player of the Week: Joe Bachie, Michigan State Linebacker
Bachie earned his second straight player of the week award by filling up the stat sheet against Michigan. He recorded 10 tackles (6 solo), a sack, a forced fumble, and his first career interception in the upset victory.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Lightbourne, Nebraska Punter
Play of the Week: Brandon Snyder returning to Iowa’s lineup in a B1G way
6 months out from a torn ACL, Snyder takes one back for 6.
Good Sportsmen of the Week: The Illinois Fighting Illini
You know it's a cool tradition when the opposing players partake, too. pic.twitter.com/I4HhsAnHc2— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 7, 2017
There’s a good chance this particular tradition is gonna keep showing up in some way or another this season, so everyone should get good and used to it now.