Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue Earn Weekly Football Honors


Following Week 6 contests, the Big Ten Conference Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week, and the Freshman of the Week were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:
Offensive Player of the Week
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
WR – Jr. – Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Joseph’s Prep

  • Recorded his third 100-yard receiving game this season with eight receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown in Ohio State’s 37-17 win vs. Maryland
  • Added a 58-yard second quarter catch and run to help the Buckeyes to a field goal and a tie game at the half, before his 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter clinched the win, giving Ohio State a 34-17 lead with just seven minutes to play
  • Tied Michael Jenkins and Garrett Wilson for third at Ohio State with 10 100-yard receiving games
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 14, 2022)

Defensive Players of the Week
Josh Proctor, Ohio State
S – Gr. – Owasso, Okla. – Owasso

  • Led the Buckeyes’ defensive effort with a career-best performance in a 37-17 win against Maryland on Saturday
  • Intercepted a Taulia Tagovailoa pass and raced 24 yards across-field and into the end zone for Ohio State’s first touchdown of the day
  • Tied his career-high with seven tackles, set a new personal best with six solo tackles and had 1.5 tackles-for-loss
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: J.T. Tuimoloau (Oct. 31, 2022)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Tory Taylor, Iowa
P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Haileybury College

  • Had six punts for 284 yards, averaging 47.3 yards per punt, in Iowa’s 20-14 victory over Purdue
  • Recorded a 61-yard punt and two of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line
  • Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Cooper DeJean (Oct. 2, 2023)

Freshman of the Week
Dillon Thieneman, Purdue
DB – Westfield, Ind. – Westfield

  • Made his team-leading third interception of the year to become the only freshman in the country with three interceptions this season vs. Iowa
  • Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo, to remain the Big Ten leader in solo tackles and ranking second nationally
  • Led a Purdue secondary that limited Iowa to 6-of-21 passing for 110 yards, the lowest completion percentage (28.6%) by an opposing quarterback since 2006
  • Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Dillon Thieneman (Sept. 5, 2023)

2023 Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Sept. 5
O: Drew Allar, So., QG, PSU
D: Miles Scott, So., DB, ILL
D: Tyler Nubin, Sr., S, MINN
S: Dragan Kesich, Sr., K, MINN
F: Dillon Thieneman, DB, PUR
Sept. 11
O: Noah Kim, Jr., QB, MSU
D: Sebastian Castro, Sr., DB, IOWA
S: Jai Patel, So., K, RU
F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN
Sept. 18
O: Kyle Monangai, Jr., RB, RU
D: Hunter Wohler, Jr., S, WIS
S: Braedan Wisloski, Fr., WR, MD
F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN
Sept. 25
O: Bryce Kirtz, Sr., WR, NU
D: Lathan Ransom, Sr., S, OSU
S: Nathanial Vakos, So., K, WIS
F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN
Oct. 2
O: Taulia Tagovailoa, Sr., QB, MD
D: Nick Jackson, Gr., LB, IOWA
D: Josaiah Stewart, Jr., EDGE, MICH
S: Cooper DeJean, Jr., DB, IOWA
F: Zach Evans, RB, MINN
Oct. 9
O: Marvin Harrison Jr., Jr., WR, OSU
D: Josh Proctor, Gr., S, OSU
S: Tory Taylor, Sr., P, IOWA
F: Dillon Thieneman, DB, PUR


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