Big Ten Football Players of the Week

September 22, 2014

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 20, the co-offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week and co-freshmen of the week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week's honorees:


Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Sr., RB, Homewood, Ala./Homewood

•           Recorded 313 all-purpose yards, including 229 rushing yards, in Nebraska’s victory over Miami (Fla.)

•           Carried the ball a career-high 35 times, reaching the end zone twice on the ground and adding a third touchdown on a three-yard reception in the second quarter

•           Became Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, passing 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers

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

•           Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 1, 2014)


Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin

Jr., RB, Kenosha, Wis./Bradford

•           Needed just 13 carries to register 253 yards and matched a school record with five touchdowns in Wisconsin’s win against Bowling Green

•           Averaged 19.5 yards per carry, shattering the previous school record of 14.9 yards per attempt

•           Helped Wisconsin set a modern-era Big Ten record with 644 team rushing yards and a school record for total offense with 756 yards.

•           Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week award of his career

•           Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Melvin Gordon (Sept. 23, 2013)


Defensive Player of the Week

William Likely, Maryland

So., CB, Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central

•           Recorded nine tackles, including one tackle for loss, and an interception to lead Maryland to a victory at Syracuse

•           Notched his second career interception late in the second quarter and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown

•           The interception return for a touchdown was the longest by a Maryland player since 1989

•           Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor

•           First Maryland Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award


Special Teams Player of the Week

Chris Gradone, Northwestern

Jr., P, Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier

•           Averaged 44.1 yards on seven punts as Northwestern defeated Western Illinois

•           Six of his seven punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including two inside the five-yard line

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

•           Last Northwestern Special Teams Player of the Week: Jeff Budzien (Dec. 2, 2013)


Co-Freshmen of the Week

Tegray Scales, Indiana

LB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

•           Recorded five tackles and one sack to help Indiana defeat No. 18/19 Missouri

•           Registered his first career sack as the Hoosiers collected their first road win over a top-20 team since 1987

•           Wins his first career weekly award

•           Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Ralphael Green III (Nov. 25, 2013)


Chris Streveler, Minnesota

QB, Crystal Lake, Ill./Marian Central Catholic

•           Logged 161 yards on 18 carries, including a touchdown, to lead Minnesota to a victory over San Jose State in his first career start

•           Posted the third-most rushing yards ever by a Minnesota quarterback

•           Wins his first career weekly award

•           Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Mitch Leidner (Sept. 23, 2013)

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