Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School
• Responsible for six touchdowns in Ohio State’s overtime victory at Maryland
• Completed 28 of 38 passes for 405 yards, giving him 3,685 passing yards on the season to break Joe Germaine’s school single-season record set in 1998
• Threw three touchdown passes to increase his total to 36 this season, topping J.T. Barrett’s Ohio State record for passing touchdowns in a season set last year
• Rushed for a career-high 59 yards and three touchdowns in the contest
• Claims his fifth career Offensive Player of the Week award and fifth of the season, tying fellow Buckeye quarterback Troy Smith for the Big Ten single-season record set back in Smith’s Heisman Trophy-winning campaign in 2006
• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Oct. 8, 2018)
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
So., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem
• Carried 33 times for a career-high 321 yards in a victory over Purdue, the third-highest single-game total in Wisconsin history behind Melvin Gordon’s 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014 and Ron Dayne’s 339 yards versus Hawaii in 1996
• Scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner on a 17-yard run in the game’s third overtime
• Now has 3,846 career rushing yards, breaking fellow Badger Ron Dayne’s FBS record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore and joining Dayne (3,566 yards in 1996-97) and Georgia’s Herschel Walker (3,507, 1980-81) as the only FBS players to tally 3,500 rushing yards in their first two seasons
• Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
• Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Sept. 10, 2018)
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
So., DE, Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville
• In a two-minute span in the second quarter against Illinois, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, scored a touchdown (19 yards, first of his career), recorded a sack, and blocked a punt
• Finished the game with a career-high eight tackles along with 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and one pass break-up
• Anchored a defense that recorded its second shutout of the season, the most since the team posted three shutouts in 1997
• Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Nelson (Oct. 8, 2018)
Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Sr., LB, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie
• Recorded a career-high 20 tackles against Northwestern to become the first Big Ten player to record 20 tackles in a regulation game since 2013
• Added one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up
• Set a TCF Stadium record for tackles by a Gopher
• Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since Nov. 21, 2016
• Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Sept. 10, 2018)
Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Jake Moody, Michigan
Fr., K, Northville, Mich./Northville
• Set a school record by going 6-for-6 on field goal attempts in Michigan’s victory over Indiana, breaking the record for most field goals in a Big Ten Conference game
• Added an extra point to score a school-record 19 points in the contest
• Converted field goal attempts from 23, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 yards
• Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Donovan Peoples-Jones (Sept. 24, 2018)
Barret Pickering, Nebraska
Fr., K, Birmingham, Ala./Hoover
• Accounted for all of Nebraska's scoring in a 9-6 victory over Michigan State, with all three field goals coming in the fourth quarter
• Hit a career-long, game-winning 47-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter
• Has made his last eight field goal attempts and is now 12-of-16 on the season
• Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Foltz (Oct. 5, 2015)
Freshman of the Week
Anthony McFarland, Maryland
Fr., RB, Hyattsville, Md./DeMaha Catholic
• Rushed for 298 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against Ohio State, marking the second-most rushing yards ever by a Terp and trailing only LaMont Jordan’s 306 yards in 1999
• Averaged 14.2 yards per carry in the contest while breaking the 200-yard plateau for the second consecutive game
• Scored on touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter, finishing the opening quarter with the most rushing yards by an FBS player this season (175 yards)
• Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Anthony McFarland (Sept. 24, 2018)