B1G 10 Players of the Week – Week 11

Quarterbacks and running backs dominate the Big Ten Players of the Week.

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1) Akrum Wadley/LeShun Daniels Jr. – Running Backs – Iowa

STATS:

Akrum Wadley – 23 carries for 115 yards. 5 receptions for 52 yards and 1 TD.

LeShun Daniels Jr. – 14 carries for 54 yards.

A case could be made for kicker Keith Duncan to be the #1 Big Ten Player of the Week. His two field goals, especially the 33-yard field goal to win the game, stunned Michigan and the entire nation. However, the duo of Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels Jr. deserve the top nod. The Hawkeyes had 230 total yards and Wadley and Daniels combined for 221 of those. Although the stats show that both teams struggled to move the ball, Iowa only managed to move it due to their backs. The two were a reason why Iowa had the ball for five and half minutes more than the Wolverines and had more first downs. And if you forgot about or haven’t seen the kick…

2) Corey Clement/Dare Ogunbowale/Bradrick Shaw/Taiwan Deal – Running Backs – Wisconsin

STATS:

Corey Clement – 25 carries for 123 yards and 3 TDs. 1 reception for 24 yards.

Dare Ogunbowale – 7 carries for 103 yards.

Bradrick Shaw – 19 carries for 80 yards and 1 TD. 1 reception for 6 yards.

Taiwan Deal – 6 carries for 41 yards.

For the first time since the January 1, 2015 Outback Bowl against Auburn, the Wisconsin offense managed to have multiple 100-yard rushers. With the two-quarterback system of Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston combining for a measly 92 passing yards, Wisconsin relied on the ground and pound game. Corey Clement had his second straight 100-yard rushing performance and his total on the year is now 928 rushing yards. Dare Ogunbowale had his second 100-yard performance in three games as he averaged just under 15 yards per carry. Bradrick Shaw has seen an uptake in snaps and averaged over four yards per carry. Even Taiwan Deal saw some action with the second-team for the first time since the Georgia State game in September. On the day, the Badger offense had 64 rush attempts. 29 of the last 30 offensive snaps for Wisconsin were run plays and the Badgers are now looking like heavy favorites to win the Big Ten West.

3) Justin Jackson/John Moten IV – Running Backs – Northwestern

STATS:

Justin Jackson – 22 carries for 127 yards and 2 TDs. 1 reception for 8 yards.

John Moten IV – 16 carries for 119 yards. 1 reception for 20 yards.

The Wildcat offense exploded for 605 total yards against the Purdue Boilermakers. Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 352 yards and had four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing). Wide receiver Austin Carr broke his streak of four straight games with over 100 receiving yards, but 92 yards and two touchdowns is nothing to scoff at. Justin Jackson and John Moten IV earn the players of the week nod for Northwestern with their combined efforts of 38 carries, 246 yards, and two touchdowns. Averaging just under six and a half yards per carry combined, the Boilermaker rush defense left gaping holes. Jackson’s performance pushes him over 1,000 rushing yards for the third straight year in his career. For red-shirt freshman John Moten IV, he entered the game with career statistics of 23 carries for 82 yards. He definitely surpassed those numbers on Saturday.

4) Tommy Armstrong Jr. – Quarterback – Nebraska

STATS:

Passing – 19/27 for 217 yards and 2 TDs.

Rushing – 9 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD.

A week ago in Columbus, OH, Tommy Armstrong Jr. suffered a scary injury that required him to go to the hospital. He later returned to that game to cheer on his team, even though they lost 62-3. This week, he was slowed once again with an ankle injury. However, nothing could stop him as he was responsible for all three of Nebraska’s touchdowns to lead them to victory over Minnesota 24-17. He ended the day with 278 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers. His rushing touchdown to put the Cornhuskers up for good led to his teammates carrying him off the field with an apparent hamstring injury.

5) Trace McSorley – Quarterback – Penn State

STATS:

Passing – 16/30 for 332 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.

Rushing – 8 carries for 13 yards and 1 TD.

Penn State is now in the driver’s seat to win the Big Ten East and possibly the Big Ten Championship game. The Hoosier defense kept Saquon Barkley checked to the tune of 33 carries for 58 yards. As a result, McSorley and his receivers were relied upon to escape Bloomington with a win. McSorley threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another. He did throw two interceptions, but those were his first since week four against Michigan. He only threw to five different receivers on the day, but three had at least 82 receiving yards (Mike Gesicki, DaeSean Hamilton, and Chris Godwin).

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Ohio State born, Ohio State bred, Ohio State fan ’till the day I’m dead. My name is John Duong and I am a junior at The Ohio State University. I am majoring in Sport Industry with a minor in business. I am a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, New England Patriots, San Jose Sharks, and Stoke City F.C. but hate 99% of things about Cincinnati (even though I’m from there).

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