IU’s Howard Named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player Of Week

Indiana's Jordan Howard (8) runs against Wake Forest during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 . (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Following Big Ten football games on Sept. 26, the co-offensive, co-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:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Jordan Howard, Indiana
Jr., RB, Gardendale, Ala./Gardendale

  • Carried the ball a season-high 33 times for 168 yards and a touchdown in Indiana’s victory at Wake Forest
    •           Became the only Football Bowl Subdivision player in the last 20 seasons with at least 140 rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program
    •           Guided the Hoosiers to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1990
    •           Earns the first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
    •           Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Tevin Coleman (Oct. 13, 2014)

Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska
Jr., QB, Cibolo, Texas/Steele

  • Set a career high with 431 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards and 63 rushing yards, in Nebraska’s victory over Southern Miss
    •           Threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one more, leading the Nebraska offense to scores on each of its six first-half possessions
    •           Registered his fourth 300-yard passing game in his last five contests
    •           Claims the first Offensive Player of the Week award of his career
    •           Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Terrell Newby (Sept. 14, 2015)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
Sr., DE, Middletown, N.J./Middletown North

  • Recorded six tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one pass break-up as Michigan State improved to 4-0 on the season
    •           Added four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal
    •           Matched his career highs for sacks and tackles for loss
    •           Earns his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 9, 2013
    •           Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Riley Bullough (Sept. 14, 2015)

Anthony Zettel, Penn State
Sr., DT, West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights

•           Notched a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks, in Penn State’s win over San Diego State
•           Also recovered a fumble, the second of his career
•           His seven tackles led all Penn State players
•           Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
•           Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Trevor Williams (Sept. 15, 2014)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Cameron Johnston, Ohio State
Jr., P, Geelong, Australia/St. Joseph’s

  • Averaged 51.5 yards per punt over four attempts against Western Michigan, with three punts placed inside the 20-yard line
    •           Two punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the one-yard line
    •           Helped the Buckeyes hold the Broncos to zero punt return yards in the contest
    •           Claims his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first since Sept. 30, 2013
    •           Last Ohio State Special Teams Player of the Week: Bradley Roby (Oct. 7, 2013)

Freshman of the Week
Taiwan Deal, Wisconsin
RB, Capitol Heights, Md./DeMatha

  • Rushed the ball 26 times for a career-high 147 yards in Wisconsin’s win over Hawaii
    •           Recorded a pair of first-half touchdowns, giving the Badgers a 14-0 lead at halftime
    •           Made his first career start in the contest
    •           Wins his first career weekly award
    •           Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Corey Clement (Nov. 18, 2013)

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