Week 8 B1G Players of the Week
For the first time in 2015, the B1G’s top two quarterbacks earned weekly awards.
Michigan State’s Connor Cook — the nation’s winningest quarterback — actually earned the first B1G Offensive Player of the Week award of his illustrious career. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett shared the weekly honor, but it was the fourth time in his career he received the award.
Here’s who the B1G gave its weekly accolades to:
C0-Offensive Player of the Week: Connor Cook, Michigan State QB
C0-Offensive Player of the Week: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State QB
Defensive Player of the Week: Dean Lowry, Northwestern DE
Special Teams Player of the Week: Drew Meyer, Wisconsin P
Freshman of the Week: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern QB
Cook led a depleted Michigan State squad to a 52-26 victory against Indiana, which means the Spartans will be undefeated in November for the first time in the Mark Dantonio era. The senior signal-caller also set a school record with 416 total yards and finished with career highs in completions (30), attempts (52), passing yards (398) and touchdown passes (4).
Barrett also had a monster day leading one of the nation’s top offenses. In his first start of the 2015 season, he accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a 49-7 victory against Rutgers. The sophomore racked up 324 total yards and fueled Ohio State’s best offensive output of the year.
On the defensive side, Lowry had the best game of his career and delivered one of the best in Northwestern history. He recorded six tackles for loss, which was the most ever for a Wildcat and was the highest B1G total since 2005. His dominance helped the Wildcats pull out a 30-28 win in Lincoln to clinch bowl eligibility for the first time in three years.
His teammate, Thorson, was a big reason why Northwestern shook off a slow offensive start. The freshman signal-caller rushed for 126 yards and a score on his nine attempts and delivered the go-ahead touchdown pass to Dan Vitale. It marked the second time Thorson earned B1G Freshman of the Week honors.
Meyer had a huge role in the Badgers’ 24-13 win at Illinois. The Wisconsin senior placed three punts inside the 20-yard line and three of his five boots went over 50 yards. He averaged 46.8 yards per attempt in the Badgers’ third straight victory.