Big Ten Players of the Week

Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 12, the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and freshman of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week

Jeremy Langford, Michigan State

Jr., RB, Wayne, Mich./John Glenn

· Accounted for four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, in Michigan State’s 42-28 victory over Indiana

· Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, totaling 109 yards on 23 carries, scoring on runs of two, five and 32 yards

· Scored on an 11-yard screen pass in the second quarter, adding to his career-best 120 all-purpose yardage in the game

· Wins his first Offensive Player of the Week accolade

· Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (Nov. 26, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week

C.J. Olaniyan, Penn State

Jr., DE, Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

· Recorded eight tackles, including a career best 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in Penn State’s quadruple-overtime win over nationally ranked Michigan

· Forced his first career fumble on a second-quarter sack, one of three Michigan turnovers

· Was part of the Penn State defensive effort that accounted for 11 tackles for loss and held the Wolverines to two field goals in four overtime periods

· Claims his first Defensive Player of the Week honor

· Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Jordan Hill (Nov. 26, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mike Sadler, Michigan State

Jr., P, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

· Posted a Big Ten record for all games of 59.3 yards per punt, totaling 237 yards on four attempts in Michigan State’s win over Indiana

· Recorded a season-long 69-yarder in the fourth quarter, while also booting punts of 44, 56 and 68 yards

· Placed one kick inside the 20, pinning Indiana at its own 10-yard line

· Wins his third Special Teams Player of the Week honor overall and first this season

· Last Michigan State Special Teams Player of the Week: Mike Sadler (Nov. 5, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

QB, Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy

· Threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for the game-tying score with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against nationally ranked Michigan

· Guided Penn State on an 80-yard touchdown drive with no timeouts and 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter, completing three passes for 79 yards and scoring on a one-yard run to force overtime

· Posted his third 300-yard passing game, leaving him three games shy of the program career record

· Wins his third Freshman of the Week accolade

· Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Christian Hackenberg (Sept. 16, 2013)

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Big Ten Week One Players of the Week

Offensive Player of the Week

Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois

Sr., QB, Kansas City, Mo./RockhurstNScheelhaase

· Threw for a career-high 416 yards and two touchdowns in Illinois’ season-opening win over Southern Illinois

· Completed 28 of 36 passes, a 77.8 percent clip, and climbed into fourth on Illinois’ career total offense list with 7,480 yards

· Connected with Josh Ferguson for 53 yards and Jon Davis for 11 yards for two second-quarter touchdowns

· Records his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the first coming as a freshman on Nov. 1, 2010

· Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: A.J. Jenkins (Oct. 3, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week

Collin Ellis, Northwestern

Jr., LB, St. Gabriel, La./The Dunham School

· Became the first player in school history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in Northwestern’s road win against California

· Recorded his first interception in the third quarter, returning it 56 yards to give Northwestern the lead

· Intercepted his second pass midway through the fourth quarter, scampering 40 yards to the end zone to increase the Wildcat lead to 10 points

· Also finished with four tackles, including one for loss

· Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

· Last Northwestern Defensive Player of the Week: Chi Chi Ariguzo (Sept. 10, 2012)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Sam Ficken, Penn State

Jr., K, Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso

· Was perfect in his kicking duties, converting all three field goals and both PAT attempts in Penn State’s 23-17 win over Syracuse

· Was successful on kicks from 36, 35 and 46 yards, the latter of which was a career long in the fourth quarter

· Has made 13 straight field-goal attempts dating back to the 2012 season

· Wins his second career Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor after being honored on Nov. 26, 2012

· Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Ficken (Nov. 26, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

QB, Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy

· Threw for 278 yards on 22 completions and two touchdowns in his Penn State debut, guiding the Nittany Lions to a 23-17 win over Syracuse

· The second true freshman quarterback to start a Penn State season opener since 1910, Hackenberg connected on two touchdown strikes of 50 or more yards in the second half

· Teamed with Allen Robinson for a 51-yard score in the third quarter and Eugene Lewis on a 54-yard strike in the fourth

· Wins his first career weekly award

· Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Kyle Carter (Oct. 22, 2012)

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Adversary Update: Penn State Nittany Lions

4-Star QB Recruit Michael O’Connor committed to Penn State Tuesday. In an interview with Black Shoe Diaries, he had the following to say on playing alongside Christian Hackenberg:

“Yes it will be great getting to know him and work with him, he’s a great quarterback. I haven’t got to meet him yet though.”

The Associated Press reports that the trustees at the school are hard at work to lower the sanctions levied against the school.

In an interview, AD David Joyner says he expects current football head coach Bill O’Brien will stay in Happy Valley for a long time.

The University is exploring having a hockey game played at Beaver Stadium in 2014.

The season opener at Syracuse is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 on August 31st at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Scout previews the 2013 Nittany Lions and ranks the top ten players with Frosh Hackenberg ranked second.

Christian Hackenberg - ESPN.com

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