Week 4 B1G Players of the Week
Week 4 saw plenty of standout performances in the B1G. Veteran quarterbacks set career marks, B1G newcomers led their teams with dominant rushing games and senior defensive linemen had highlight reel performances.
There were so many standout performances, in fact, that there were Co-Offensive and Co-Defensive players of the week.
Here’s who garnered B1G accolades:
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Howard, Indiana RB
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska QB
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State DE
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Zettel, Penn State DT
Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Johnston, Ohio State P
Freshman of the Week: Taiwan Deal, Wisconsin RB
Howard, who was already the nation’s leading rusher entering Saturday, added to his total with his 33-carry, 168-yard output in a win against Wake Forest. The UAB transfer is already ahead of Melvin Gordon’s 2014 pace through four games. Even more impressive, he’s the first FBS player in the last 20 years to have four straight 140-yard games with a new program.
Armstrong’s effort was needed to fend off Southern Mississippi. He set a career high with 431 yards of total offense and recorded his fourth 300-yard game in his last five contests. After the first month of the season, Armstrong ranks in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, total offense and points responsible for.
Calhoun and Zettel both did their damage in the backfield to fuel their respective teams to victory. Calhoun had 2.5 sacks and blocked a kick to lead the Spartans while Zettel had a career-high seven tackles, 2.5 of which were for a loss. He also recovered a fumble and had a sack. The award was Zettel’s first career weekly honor.
Johnston boomed an average of 51.5 yards per punt, and dropped three inside the Western Michigan 20-yard line, including one that was downed at the 1-yard line. It marked his second B1G Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
Deal’s first-half dominance got the Badgers out to an early lead in their win against Hawaii. The freshman running back had a career-high 147 yards and two touchdowns filling in for the injured Corey Clement. It earned his first weekly honor after making his first career start.