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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