B1G running backs highlight weekly award winners
It was cold, snowy and nasty across B1G country on Saturday. The play on the field reflected that. It certainly wasn’t a banner day for quarterbacks and receivers.
As a result, B1G running backs dominated the weekly awards.
Three B1G tailbacks picked up player of the week honors from the conference, and frankly, there could’ve been more.
Iowa’s LeShun Daniels Jr. and Michigan’s De’Veon Smith split B1G Offensive Player of the Week honors and Ohio State’s Mike Weber was the B1G Freshman of the Week.
Smith’s second-half dominance helped Michigan pull out a win against Indiana. The senior racked up a career-high 158 yards in his final game in the Big House. His two third-quarter scores put the Wolverines up for good after they trailed in the second half.
Daniels Jr. also saved his best for the second half. The Iowa tailback ran for 159 yards and two scores in the second half to fuel the Hawkeyes’ 28-0 win at Illinois.
Weber shined late, as well. His game-winning touchdown pushed OSU over the top against MSU to keep the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes alive. Weber finished the day with 111 rushing yards and became the third freshman in OSU history to hit the 1,000-yard mark.
Saturday wasn’t entirely about the running backs. Minnesota sophomore Blake Cashman earned B1G Defensive Player of the Week honors after he stymied the Northwestern offense with 10 tackles, including two sacks. He also forced a fumble in Minnesota’s victory against the Wildcats.
Iowa’s Riley McCarron was named B1G co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his punt-return touchdown in the second quarter against Illinois. That was the first and only score Iowa needed on Saturday.
McCarron shared the special teams honor with Penn State’s Tyler Davis, who converted all four field goals in some poor conditions. His four field goals helped the Lions roll to a 39-0 win at Rutgers.