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Big Ten Players of the Week: Week 2

Illinois won an award! So did Rutgers!!!

We here at OTE B1G POTW love Drue Chrisman. He’s got a cool name, amazing hair, top notch high school recruiting photos, and a good puntin’ foot. He definitely won Special Teams Player of the Week in 2018 at least once, and I think twice (I’m not checking). He’s a good player at the B1Ggest position in football. He won Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week this week, and it’s a travesty.

To reiterate: Drue is great and we love him. It’s not his fault the Big Ten totally blew it and picked him this week. After all, this is the same conference HQ that brought Rutgers into the fold.

But Chrisman had AT MOST the third best punting performance of the week. Rutgers - Iowa was an absolute punting clinic. Adam Korsak and Michael Sleep-Dalton, respectively, turned in great games. Korsak in particular had double digit punts, two handfuls of punts inside the FIVE, and a very nice long punt. I’m not afraid to declare Korsak’s day to have been the greatest punting day in Big Ten history. Feel free to do the research to prove me wrong, but I’ve already said it and I said it first.

Offensive Player of the Week: Elijah Sindelar

Quarterback - Purdue Boilermakers hosting Vanderbilt

34/52, 509 yards, 5 TDs, 1 Int

You throw for 500 yards and have a 5:1 TD:Int ratio, you with Off Tackle Empire’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. Elijah Sindelar apparently had a bad start, got yelled at by the head coach, and decided to redeem himself by having a Drew Brees-esque performance. Sure, it helps when like 75% of your passes are thrown toward someone like Rondale Moore, but hot dang, what a day.

Sindelar was probably born after Tecmo Super Bowl came out, but his numbers would have fit right in in that game. Can’t you just see yourself picking the long bomb play from QB Purdue to Rondale Moore? I can. Although I’m not sure it’s possible to even run 52 plays in a game of TSB. Anyone want to try and report back?

Honorable Mention - Offensive Player of the Week: Week 2

Brian Lewerke - QB - Michigan State Spartans
Good game against a bad team. 22/32, 314 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Int is good day, but for an MSU offense that’s somehow been even worse than Northwestern’s the past year? It’s an ENORMOUS game. (Credit to Darrell Stewart, Jr. as well, making 10 grabs for 185 yards and a TD)

Peyton Ramsey, Michael Penix, Jr. - QBs - Indiana Hoosiers
Amazing game(s) against a terrible opponent. This is turning into an early-season theme for the Big Ten. 27/34, 423 yards, 4 TDs. These guys would have pushed Sindelar for OPOTW were it not for opponent quality and the magical 500 number. (Credit to Donovan Hale. 5 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD)

Jack Coan - QB - Wisconsin Badgers
Monster three quarters of a game against a very bad foe. 26/33, 363 yards, 3 TDs. Heard/made up he threw for the 5th-most yards ever for a Wisconsin QB, which is both impressive considering he did it in only three quarters, and kinda sad for Wisconsin that he had the 5th most prolific day ever not even putting up 400 yards. (Credit to Quintez Cephus. 6 catches, 130 yards, 2 TDs)

Defensive Player of the Week: Oluwole Betiku, Jr.

D Lineman - Illinois Fighting Illini at UConn Huskies

4 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries, 1 fumble recovered

Illinois won an award this week! I can’t remember whether what’s his name the good linebacker won one of these last year, but if he didn’t, congrats! Oluwole Betiku, Jr. becomes Illinois’s first POTW recipient, standing out as the lone “great” box score performer of the week, rising above an enormous group of guys who had pretty good games. Someone who watched the game can tell me if I’m right, but it looks like he altered the QB play on at least 5.5 plays, and I’ve got to imagine he did some AJ Epenesa-like non-box score things to wreak havoc and let whoever Illinois’s defensive coordinator is come up with some creative pass rushing ideas.

Honorable Mention Defensive Players of the Week: Week 2

AJ Epenesa - DE - Iowa State Hawkeyes
Big game against a weak-ass non-con opponent. 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 4(!) QB hurries.
Stewmonkey: AJ Epenesa didn’t put up much for sacks, but lived in the rutger backfield and was incredibly disruptive.

Kenny Willekes - DE - Michigan State Spartans
Didn’t even change Kenny’s position from the copy+paste of last week’s article. 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 QB hurries. Really, really good day, and I’m starting to worry about Wisconsin at MSU more than Michigan at Wisconsin.

Markus Bailey/Dedrick Mackey - LB/CB - Purdue Boilermakers
13 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, 1 QB hurry, 1 Int.
Boilerman31: Barnes and Karlaftis deserve mentions on defense. They’ve been in the backfield all afternoon.
Huh. I managed to get zero of the two players he nominated. No idea how I was so far off, but it looks like Bailey and Mackey had good games!

Special Teams Player of the Week: Adam Korsak

Punter - Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Iowa State Hawkeyes
10 punts, 47.6 avg, 69 long, 7 punts inside 20, 4 punts inside 5, 0 touchbacks

Shew! Can you imagine a more beautiful punting line? I’d imagine his punting average would have been north of 50 had he not had to stop the ball inside the 20 yard line 70% of the time and inside the 5 yard line 40% of the time. We all know Korsak can punt. He punted so much in 2018 he had an award named after him for the guy who punted a ton in any particular week. This year? This year gets an actual award, his high school recruiting photo tweeted out to tens of people who’ll ignore it, and a standing ovation from all of us here at OTE.

You’ll notice that I did not hesitate in typing out Rutgers’s mascot/full team name this week. This is what happens when you have the best day in history at the most important position in the most important conference. Adam K, we salute you.

Honorable Mention Special Teams Players of the Week: Week 2

Michael Sleep-Dalton - Punter - Iowa State Hawkeyes
Dang, talk about a good punting day! MSD went 6 punts, 48.3 avg, 57 long, with his balls flying far under the shadow cast by Korsak. I cannot imagine how...stimulated Kirk Ferentz was throughout the game.

Matt Coughlin - Kicker - Michigan State Spartans
I missed on Coughlin last week, but fortunately for me he had another noteworthy week. 3/3 on FGs and 6/6 on extra points. Only a long of 38, but as a college football fan, you aren’t going to complain about a guy who’s automatic from inside 40.

OTE’s Offensive Play of the Week: Week 1

(Only watch the bottom video. That’s the good one)

What a play design! And hot dog what a catch and run by...Pat Freiermuth? The tight end with that extra “e” I always forget about? Wow.

Had a couple of choices this week, with another Minnesota player making another great catch, but do too the bad behavior of some Very Online Minnesota fans, we had to go with another option. Sorry!

OTE’s Defensive Play of the Week: Week 2

Pick-6 is always often good for a Play of the Week!

Had a couple of choices this week, with another Minnesota player making another great, game-sealing interception, but do too the bad behavior of some Very Online Minnesota fans, we had to go with another option. Sorry!

Rondale’s Corner

Rondale Moore’s QB won OPOTW, so surely Moore had a good game, right? Right.

13 receptions, 220 yards, 1 TD; non-noteworthy rushing and returning stats

Dang, look at those receiving stats! Why didn’t Moore get an honorable mention? Because I felt like highlighting an oft-shitty part of Big Ten offensive player: The QBs. Lucky Moore gets his own section.

Jammin’ with Jonathan

Of course the best player on my favorite team, and one of the best players in the country, gets his own mentions when omitted above. How’d the future 3rd place Heisman finalist do this week? Jonathan Taylor, week 2:

3 catches, 17 yards, 1 TD; 19 carries, 102 yards, 3 TDs

4 total TDs, is becoming a serious weapon and decoy in the passing game, nervous he won’t be able to do much against Michigan’s D Line.

Looking forward to more frequent Big Ten play, because the stats feel more real and when there are all in-conference games, I have to skim half as many box scores.


Best of Week 2

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Drue Chrisman
    (10 votes)
  • 16%
    Elijah Sindelar
    (43 votes)
  • 56%
    Adam Korsak
    (152 votes)
  • 5%
    Oluwole Betiku, Jr
    (16 votes)
  • 12%
    Freiermuth’s hot knife through butter TD
    (34 votes)
  • 4%
    JR’s Pick-6
    (13 votes)
268 votes total Vote Now