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. Here now, the week 7 winners:
Offensive Player of the Week: Justin Jackson, Northwestern RB
While that specific play is not his most impressive run of the day, it’s the one that Jackson broke the Northwestern rushing record on as part of a 171 yard, 2 touchdown day in a win over Maryland.
Honorable mentions go to Nebraska’s JD Spielman, for setting a school record with 200 yards receiving against the Buckeyes, and Ohio State’s JT Barrett, for accumulating 7 touchdowns in that same game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Thomas Barber, Minnesota LB
There wasn’t really a highlight play in Barber’s performance this week, but he contributed 16 tackles (9 solo, 2 TFL) and a fumble recovery to Minnesota’s valiant but ultimately futile effort to knock off Michigan State.
Honorable mention goes to Northwestern’s Nate Hall, who had 11 tackles (8 solo, 4 TFL) against Maryland.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Charlie Kuhbander, Northwestern K
In addition to going 3/3 on field goals, Kuhbander was 4/4 on PATs, and tied his career long field goal by making a 40 yarder.
Fail of the Week: Illinois
Nothing more needs to be said.
Outside the Empire Clip of the Week:
TOUCHDOWN RABBIT BUSTING INTO THE HEISMAN RACE LIKE: pic.twitter.com/2Drh8IDvv6— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 15, 2017
Touchdown Jackrabbits! (MNW made me include this; direct any complaints to him.)