B1G Ten Players of the Week

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 16, 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

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Sr., RB, Naples, Fla./Naples

•           Rushed for a career-high 246 yards, the fourth-most in Ohio State history, and scored five total touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ road victory over Illinois, becoming the first Big Ten player since 2010 to score five times in a game

•           Averaged 10.3 yards per carry and rushed for four touchdowns, including runs of one, eight, 51 and 55 yards

•           Also had an 18-yard touchdown reception and totaled 272 all-purpose yards in the game

•           Records the third Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second this season

•           Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller (Oct. 28, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week

Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

Jr., LB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation

•           Recorded a career-high 16 tackles that included 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ road win at Illinois

•           Forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to an Illinois safety to give the Buckeyes a 37-21 advantage

•           Leads the conference and ranks among the top 15 in the nation with 1.45 tackles per loss a contest

•           Claims his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season

•           Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Shazier (Sept. 16, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Brendan Gibbons, Michigan

Sr., K, West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman

•           Was perfect on his kicking attempts in a road win against Northwestern, including a 44-yarder as time expired to force overtime

•           Also converted on attempts from 25, 28 and 29 yards to match his career best of four field goals in a game

•           Made two fourth-quarter field goals and added another in the second overtime

•           Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

•           Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Brendan Gibbons (Oct. 22, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Corey Clement, Wisconsin   

RB, Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro

•           Averaged nearly 10 yards per carry, finishing with 108 yards on 11 totes, and scored two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s win over Indiana

•           Rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this season and tied a career high with two scores

•           Was one of three Badgers to rush for more than 100 yards in the game as they ran for 554 yards, which ranks eighth in Big Ten single-game history

•           Wins his second Freshman of the Week award

•           Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement (Sept. 9, 2013)

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Grading The Performance: Ohio

Quarterback

Players at Michigan are ultimately judged by how they perform against Ohio. While all position groups have to deal with an added level of expectation against the Buckeyes, no position group endures more pressure than the QBs. QBs are judged above all else by their record and performance against Ohio. For much of the last decade Michigan fans have seen their QB’s outperformed by their Buckeye counterparts. Names like Krenzel, Smith, and Pryor have made more plays in the clutch and fewer critical mistakes than Wolverine QBs. Over the last decade Ohio QBs have outperformed Michigan’s QBs, until Saturday.

Denard Robinson rose to the occasion on Saturday and simply willed the Wolverines to victory. Every time the Buckeyes made a play to take the lead or tie the game, Denard came right back to make a play of his own. Denard performed at the highest of levels on the biggest of stages; became a legend in the process. During one stretch of the game, Robinson completed 11 straight passes and was the most accurate that he’s been this season. The most impressive part of Robinson’s performance, from a passing standpoint, was that he was the most accurate while making the most difficult throws. Denard threw a perfect 15 yd corner route to Drew Dileo that would have gone for a TD had Dileo stayed on his feet. Denard also hit Junior Hemingway on a perfect strike between a safety and a corner. Denard made the difficult throws look easy, something that seems truly amazing when you think back of the season. In addition, Denard showed a tremendous amount of patience before hitting Odoms for a TD. There were no back foot, chuck the ball up for grabs plays, the kind that have gotten Denard into trouble all season. Denard was dialed in from the first snap and amazing enough continued to elevate his level of play throughout the game.

On the ground, Denard ran harder and with more decisiveness than he has since arriving at Michigan. There was only one play where Denard hesitated instead of making up his mind and taking off. Denard burned Nebraska last week with his scrambling ability and he did the same to the Buckeyes this week. Anytime Ohio vacated its LBs from the middle of the field, Denard took off which was great to see. Denard also did a great job on the zone read, an area that he has struggled with his whole career. Denard was determined not to let Michigan lose and he ran like it.

The only imperfections on the day for Denard Robinson were the two balls he put on the ground. On the first play Robinson was ruled down. On the second, Ohio got the ball in Michigan territory and scored a few plays later.

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Adversary Recruiting (January)

Adversary Recruiting for January, 2011. Big Ten Football Recruiting

2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (As of 1-1-11)

1Ohio State University BannerStatus quo, still, again. LB Shazier was a nice Christmas gift.8University of Illinois BannerA busy December catapults the Illini.
2University of Notre Dame BannerHops over Nebraska with a solid December.9Northwestern 3x5 FlagDecent month.
3University of Nebraska BannerTwo decommits in December.10Indiana University BannerHas been sinking like a stone recently.
4University of Iowa BannerUp one spot for the second straight month.11Penn State University BannerOut of the cellar. Zettel was a big get.
5University of Michigan BannerA good month amid much turmoil.12Purdue University BannerHolding at #12.
6University of Wisconsin BannerAn 11-1 season is doing well for them.13University of Minnesota BannerHad a decent December, but not much quality.
7Michigan State University BannerSlow month for Sparty.   

December was a rather busy month recruiting wise in the Big Ten, with Illinois leading the way. The Illini had their best monthKenny Knight - Rivals.com recruiting so far, as The Fighting Zookers gained verbal commits from eight prospects. Athlete Dondi Kirby is the highest rated of the six and will end up somewhere in the Illini defensive backfield. Standing 6’3”, Kirby actually has decent skills at the corner position although most project him as a safety. He is a very aggressive tackler who does a great job in run support. Dondi did not play during the 2010 season because of a torn ACL. He also had offers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and USC among others. Patrick Flavin was another big get for Illinois. Having offers from schools such as Cal, Boston College, Iowa and Oregon, Falvin is a perfect offensive lineman for the Illini offense. He is pretty quick, has good feet and can get to the second level very well. Patrick will need a redshirt to fill out, but he should be a constant on the o-line for years to come. Athlete Matt LaCosse is a very versatile athlete who could play either quarterback or tight end. He will more than likely play tight end in Champaign. At 6’6” 220lbs and running a 4.6, LaCosse will be a nightmare matchup for any linebacker or safety. The former Minnesota verbal also has offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis and Purdue among others. Illinois also received verbals from linebacker Ralph Cooper, safety Nick North, wide outs Kenny Knight and Jeremy Whitlow and defensive ends Kenny Nelson and Emmanuel Bawa.

NamePositionLocationHigh School
Kenny KnightWide ReceiverBeverly Hills, MICountry Dayratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Jeremy WhitlowWide ReceiverCleveland, OHCentral Catholicratingratingratingratingrating
Patrick FlavinOffensive TackleLisle, ILBenet Academyratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Emmanuel BawaDefensive EndHyattsville, MDNorthwesternratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Kenny NelsonDefensive EndDetroit, MICass Techratingrating
Ralph CooperLinebackerWinnsboro, SCFairfield Centralratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Dondi KirbyAthleteMonroeville, PAGatewayratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Nick NorthSafetyHollywood, FLMcArthurratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Minnesota After nearly three months, Minnesota received a slew of verbals in December. Eight prospects gave new coach Jerry Kill verbal pledges during the past month. Coach Kill is going the JC and prep school route, making it clear that the Gophers want to get players in that can see the field quickly. The two most likely to step in right away are big wide out Ge’Shun Harris and super speedy and aggressive safety Drayquan Crawford.

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