Big Ten unveils Players of the Week following Week 7 action
The Big Ten is back with more awards, handing out the Players of the Week for the Week 7 results. This week, the league announced 5 players received honors with 2 players splitting the special teams award.
Here are the full honors for Week 7:
🏈#B1GFootball WEEKLY AWARDS🏈
🔵Off:@UMichFootball‘s J.J. McCarthy
🔵Def:@IlliniFootball’s Seth Coleman
🔵Co-Special Teams:@HawkeyeFootball‘s Tory Taylor
🔵Co-Special Teams:@PennStateFball‘s Daequan Hardy
🔵Freshman:@IlliniFootball‘s Kaden Feagin
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 16, 2023
Offensive Player of the Week
- JJ McCarthy, Michigan QB
McCarthy tied his career-high with 3 passing touchdowns in an efficient 14-of-17 outing against Indiana. He led the Wolverines to 6 straight scoring drives that included 5 touchdowns. Moved into 11th on Michigan’s all-time passing list with 4,467 yards.
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Defensive Player of the Week
- Seth Coleman, Illinois LB
Coleman registered 6 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 TFLs in a road win over Maryland. His 3 sacks are the most by a B1G player in a single game this season. Coleman’s the first Illinois player with 3+ sacks in a game since Owen Carney Jr. in 2020.
Special Teams Players of the Week
- Tory Taylor, Iowa P
- Daequan Hardy, Penn State CB
Taylor delivered a major punting performance as Iowa beat Wisconsin 15-6. He punted 10 times for an average of over 50 yards per punt while dropping 6 of his kicks inside the 20-yard line.
Hardy returned a pair of punts for touchdowns against UMass, the first 2 punt return touchdowns of Hardy’s career. Hardy becomes just the 25th FBS player with 2 punt return touchdowns in a game.
Freshman of the Week
- Kaden Feagin, Illinois RB
Feagin rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries during a road win against Maryland. He tied the score with a short touchdown run just ahead of halftime for his first career touchdown.