Big Ten Players of the Week

Following Big Ten football games on Oct. 19, 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 Gallon, Michigan

Sr., WR, Apopka, Fla./Apopka

· Established a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards, the second-most in Football Bowl Subdivision history, in Michigan’s victory over Indiana

· Broke the Big Ten’s previous mark of 301 yards set by Purdue’s Chris Daniels in 1999

· Caught a career-high 14 passes for an average of 26.4 yards per catch, scoring two touchdowns as the Wolverines posted a school-record 751 yards of total offense

· Scored on touchdown catches of 21 and 50 yards, two of his six plays that went for more than 20 yards on the day

· Records his second career weekly honor and second this season

· Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Jeremy Gallon (Sept. 9, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week

Max Bullough, Michigan State

Sr., LB, Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis

· Recorded 10 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in Michigan State’s shutout against Purdue, the Spartans’ first shutout of a conference foe since 1999

· Had a hand in the Spartans’ first score of the game, recording a sack and a forced fumble in the second quarter, resulting in a 45-yard Denicos Allen touchdown return

· Posted double-digit tackles for the seventh time in his career as the Spartan defense allowed just 226 total yards

· Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

· Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Darqueze Dennard (Oct. 6, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mitch Ewald, Indiana

Sr., K, Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

· Chipped in 11 points as Indiana scored 40 or more points for the fourth time this season, finishing with 47 on the road against Michigan

· Closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal, becoming the first Hoosier to convert a 50-yarder since 2002

· Also converted from 23 yards out and was successful on all five extra point attempts

· Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since his freshman season

· Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Mitch Ewald (Nov. 29, 2010)

Freshman of the Week

Desmond King, Iowa

DB, Detroit, Mich./East English Village

· Totaled a career-best 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Hawkeyes road contest against Ohio State

· Was part of an Iowa defense that held the Buckeyes to more than 12 points below their season average

· Ranks second among all Big Ten freshmen in tackles, averaging nearly six stops per contest

· Wins his first career weekly award

· Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: N/A

Final 2013 B1G Recruiting Rankings

Note: As usual we include Notre Dame in B1G Rankings as they recruit same area and are a common opponent.

1. Ohio

Biggest Get – Jalin Marshall (ATH-WR). MarshaJalin Marshallll is a special, explosive athlete who will thrive in Urban Meyer’s offense.

Biggest Miss – James Quick (WR). Quick is one of the most explosive receivers in the country and ended up choosing the hometown Louisville Cardinals over the Bucks.

Sleeper – Jayme Thompson (S). It’s hard to call a borderline 4 star kid a sleeper, but in a class full of highly rated DB’s Thompson is exactly that. While a bit raw, his athleticism makes his ceiling very high.

2. Michigan

Biggest Get – Shane Morris (QB). Any time you can get a five star talent at quarterback you are doing very well. Morris has the biggest arm in the country and was an exceptional recruiter for Michigan.

Biggest Miss – Laquon Treadwell (WR). During the summer it seemed as if Treadwell was a near certainty to commit to Michigan, but in the end he chose to go elsewhere. Treadwell would’ve filled a pretty big need.

Sleeper – Channing Stribling (CB). A virtual unknown, Stribling came to Michigan’s camp this summer and completely shut down the competition over a five day period and earned an offer.

3. Notre Dame

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