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
The #B1GFootball Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week is @BadgerFootball RB Jonathan Taylor. https://t.co/8LvzkBlNqr pic.twitter.com/PaVTftXTa5— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 9, 2017
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
LB Joe Bachie from @MSU_Football is the #B1GFootball Defensive Player of the Week. https://t.co/8LvzkBDohZ pic.twitter.com/w2emDDNP1x— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 9, 2017
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
October 8, 2017
Play of the Week: Brandon Snyder returning to Iowa’s lineup in a B1G way
In April, he tore his ACL. Six months later, Brandon Snyder is back.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 7, 2017
And he's out here going 89 yards for the @HawkeyeFootball House Call: pic.twitter.com/Hu7yQCnBeZ
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.