Big 10 Players of the Week announced

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 19, the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and co-freshmen of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State
Sr., WR, Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison

•           Set career highs with eight receptions, 156 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in Michigan State’s victory over Air Force
•           Scored on touchdown receptions from 28, 32 and 21 yards, while notching at least 100 receiving yards for the third straight game
•           Seven of his eight catches resulted in first downs or touchdowns
•           Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
•           Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Langford (Oct. 14, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week
Anthony Walker, Northwestern
So., LB, Miami, Fla./Monsignor Edward Pace

•           Recorded a career-high 19 tackles to lead Northwestern to a victory at Duke
•           Added 1.5 tackles for loss for the Wildcats, who improved to 3-0 on the season
•           Anchors a Northwestern defense that has held opponents to one total touchdown through three games
•           Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season
•           Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Walker (Sept. 8, 2015)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Marshall Koehn, Iowa
Sr., K, Solon, Iowa/Solon

•           Tied a Kinnick Stadium record with a 57-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to lead Iowa past Pittsburgh
•           Added a 43-yard field goal and went 3-for-3 on extra points
•           Also punted once, a 64-yard kick that was downed inside the five-yard line
•           Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
•           Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Kevonte Martin-Manley (Sept. 23, 2013)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Jonathan Crawford, Indiana
S, Largo, Fla./Largo

•           Recorded four tackles and two interceptions as Indiana moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010
•           Both interceptions came in the third quarter and led to Hoosier touchdowns
•           Became the first Indiana true freshman since 2007 to record a pair of interceptions in a single game
•           Wins his first career weekly award
•           Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Tegray Scales (Sept. 22, 2014)

Saquon Barkley, Penn State
RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall
•           Rushed for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead Penn State to a conference victory
•           Recorded the most rushing yards by a Penn State true freshman since 1998
•           Finished with an average of 9.3 yards per carry on 21 attempts
•           Wins his second consecutive weekly award
•           Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Saquon Barkley (Sept. 14, 2015)