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Big Ten Players of the Week: Week 14

The season’s over, time to make lists of things!

This weeks STPOTW was originally committed to play for Rutgers!

The end of the regular season has come and gone, which means it’s time for everyone’s favorite thing to read on the internet: lists. The OTE POTW has been tediously and totally scientifically and accurately tracking, analyzing, and categorizing players, and is ready to present its 2019 All-OTE POTW team. This team is comprised of guys who showed up in these awards and is largely based on what I remember and who I like. It also includes how every many players at each position I felt needed including. If you want to say one is first team and one’s second team, I guess just pick whoever is listed first as first team. Enjoy!

QB1: Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix, Jr.
QB2: Justin Fields
RB1: JK Dobbins
RB2: Jonathan Taylor
WR1: Rashod Bateman
WR2: Whop Philyor
WR3: KJ Hamler
TE1: Brycen Hopkins
DL1: AJ Epenesa
DL2: Chase Young
LB1: Zack Baun
LB2: Chris Orr
LB3: Dele Harding
S1: Antoine Winfield, Jr.

And now, the important spots
KR/PR1: The Maryland guys...I wanna say Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland?
K: The Iowa guy...Keith Duncan?
P1: Blake Hayes
P2: Adam Korsak
P3: Will Hart

That’s right we go three-deep on punters here in the Big Ten.

OPOY: Bateman
DPOY: Baun
STPOY: Hayes

And finally, the Big Ten’s Overall Player of the Year: Blake Hayes.

Thanks for spending the season with me, skipping to the poll and then maybe commenting!

Offensive Player of the Week: JK Dobbins

Running Back - Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines

31 carries, 211 yards, 4 TDs; 2 receptions, 49 yards

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Michigan Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Dobbins got a bunch of yards, a bunch of touchdowns, and just generally made Michigan’s defense looks silly. It’s great. Not much more needs to be said about Dobbins’s great season or Michigan’s defensive ineptitude against Ohio State.

In games against the conference’s two best running backs, Michigan’s defense gave up 54 carries for 414 yards (an eye-popping 7.67 YPC), and 6 TDs. On the season their D gave up 120.2 rush yards per game and just 3.1 YPC. Lol.

Honorable Mention - Offensive Player of the Week: Week 14

Jack Coan - QB - Wisconsin Badgers
15/22, 280 yards, 2 TDs. Jack Coan played the highest-rated game of his career on the road, in a snowstorm, against his chief rival in the midst of their first good season since before Coan was born. Pretty good time to do it, honestly.

Petyon Ramsey - QB - Indiana Hoosiers
23/39, 337 yards, 3 TDs; 19 carries (What the FUCK), 42 yards, 2 TDs. I mean...5 total TDs responsible for? 19 carries? Does Ramsey normally run it that frequently? I can’t imagine he does. That’s more than Jonathan Taylor ran it this week. Regardless, Indiana QB puts up great numbers, exhibit M.

Justin Fields - QB - Ohio State Buckeyes
14/25, 302 yards, 4 TDs; 6 carries, 23 yards. Better day than Coan, also on the road against his chief rival. Well, Ohio State’s chief rival anyway, not sure if he hates Florida more.

Defensive Player of the Week: AJ Epenesa

Defensive End - Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers

14 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

NCAA Football: Illinois at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

A bit of a scandal in DPOTW this week, as the award did not immediately go to a guy who scored a defensive touchdown! Epenesa earned it, though, recording 14 tackles from the D End position and recording 5 negative plays. Epenesa low-key had an amazing season from a QB-pressure standpoint. I heard/made up he accounted for more QB pressures/hurries than vaunted Gus Johnson Deity, Chase Young. I didn’t fact check this though, because who has the time?

BTW the “first out” of the Hon Mens was a Rutger player. Schiano is already turning that team around!

Honorable Mention - Defensive Player of the Week: Week 14

Derrick Barnes - DE - Purdue Boilermakers
10 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks. In a game where pretty much every offensive player on both teams had a very, very good day, Barnes managed to fill up the stat sheet on D. Given the state of Purdue’s injury list, I assume Barnes was 3rd string to start the season.

Cam Taylor-Britt - CB - Nebraska Cornhuskers
4 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT with a 38-yard TD return. You almost always get DPOTW if you score a defensive touchdown. But Epenesa is a human football player in this conference, so.

Zack Baun - LB - Wisconsin Badgers
9 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 2 sacks. Baun closed out his regular season with another multi-TFL, multi-sack game. Baun finishes the regular season tied for second in the conference in sacks with teammate Chris Orr, both recording 11.5 sacks (Chase Young ended with 16.5 I think?)

Special Teams Player(s) of the Week: Ihmir Smith-Marsette

Kick Returner - Iowa Hawkeyes at Nebraska Cornhuskers
2 returns, 45.5 avg, 95 long, 1 TD; 1 reception, 45 yards, 1 TD, 1 carry, 22 yards

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Okay here we go, back to the ol’ “score a TD, win the award” rule. I put Smith-Marsette’s other stats in there because he had an exceptionally productive and efficient Swiss Army knife of a day.

Honorable Mention - Special Teams Players of the Week: Week 14

Drue Chrisman - P - Ohio State Buckeyes
4 punts, 45.5 avg, 61 long. Ohio State punted four times Saturday? Legitimately surprised.

Blake Gillikin - P - Penn State Nittany Lions
4 punts, 49.3 avg, 72 long. Yowza a 72-yard punt! That’s the good stuff. Also Penn State had to punt four times Saturday? Legitimately embarrassed.

Blake Hayes - P - Illinois Fighting Illini
4 punts, 49.3 yards, 61 long. The newly-minted Big Ten Punter 1-Punter 2 Punter of the Year winner had another typical day, averaging nearly 50 yards per punt and probably sticking all 4 inside the 20 ( stopped counting punts inside 20 a few weeks back and I can’t find a good, reliable site to use instead).

OTE’s Offensive Play of the Week: Week 14

Pretty fun backpedaling touchdown after a very, very, uh.... short throw

OTE’s Defensive Play of the Week: Week 14

Rondale’s Corner Tanner Time

Other than an interception and a weird fumble thing, Tanner Morgan had a solid day, going 20/37 for 296 yards, and 2 touchdowns, plus 5 carries for negative 20 yards. Rondale Moore didn’t play, unfortunately, giving Tanner Time another week of life like it was a show that nobody was watching that got canceled and then picked up by another network or streaming service but it ended up just being okay, except for Futurama because that show did really well after leaving Fox.

Jammin’ with Jonathan

In what had better be his final game in a college football regular season, Jonathan Taylor struggle to gain much on the ground, getting 18 carries for just 76 yards. He contributed in the passing game too, though, recording 2 receptions for 39 yards and a hilarious backpedaling TD (1 of his 3 total TDs for the day) on a ball that Coan underthrew by approximately ten yards. Can’t believe the Minnesota Armchair D Coordinators’ idea of “just stop Taylor and we’ll win” didn’t work.


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