It had to be difficult to pick the individual awards for the Big Ten this week. The conference posted a 12-2 mark with four shutouts.
Per Big Ten Network, it was the second time in the last 35 years that a conference posted four shut outs in a week. To win B1G honors this week, you really had to earn it.
C.J. Beathard (Iowa), Terrell Newby (Nebraska), Riley Bullough (Michigan State), Janarion Grant (Rutgers), L.J. Scott (Michigan State) and Saquon Barkley (Penn State) were certainly worthy.
Even more impressive, every honoree was a first-time recipient of a weekly award.
Beathard and Newby both earned Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Iowa quarterback engineered a pair of late drives to lead the Hawkeyes to a Cy-Hawk victory while Newby went off for a career high 198 rushing yards and three scores.
Bullough earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after he was the catalyst behind the Spartans’ stout effort against No. 7 Oregon. The linebacker had a career-high 14 tackles and had the key fourth-down hurry that allowed Michigan State to stymie the Ducks’ comeback chances.
Grant did everything he could to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 2-0 start with two fourth-quarter touchdown returns. The Rutgers speedster set a school record with 337 all-purpose yards, which was good for the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
The late heroics by Barkley and Scott earned them their first Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards. Barkley recorded his first career 100-yard game and helped the Lions lock up their first victory. Scott, also a true freshman tailback, showed off his power on a 38-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run for his second score of the day.
It’s hard to argue with any of those choices. Did anybody get snubbed?