Big Ten Football Players of the Week: Week 1


Sep 7, 2015; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) gestures to the crowd while running with the ball enroute to scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of the 2015-16 college football season is officially in the books. The Big Ten finished with an 8-6 record for the week. There were a handful of players who stood out amongst the crowd in Week 1. Each week, we’ll award honors to the top performers on offense, defense, and special teams. Here are the Big Ten football players who kicked the season off with a bang.

Offense: Ohio State QB Braxton Miller

Miller was a 2-time Big Ten Player of the Year at quarterback, but Monday night, college football fans highly anticipated his debut as a wide receiver. He didn’t disappoint. Miller caught two passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Of course, he had to make his presence felt on the ground as well. Miller carried the ball six times, but none bigger than his 53-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. It was the circle button on Madden worked to perfection.

Defense: Northwestern LB Anthony Walker

Northwestern started the season off with an upset victory over the 21st-ranked Stanford Cardinal. The defense definitely came to play, holding Stanford to just 16 points in the game. Walker was a major cog in the Wildcats’ defensive efforts. The sophomore from Miami recorded 10 total tackles, 0.5 sack, and two pass deflections.

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Special Teams: Maryland PR William Likely

I know we’ve been talking about Likely a lot over the past few days, but how could we not? He stole the show on Saturday, breaking the Big Ten record for punt return yards in a single game with 233 yards, also reaching the end zone. Likely is a dynamic football player and the unquestioned leader of the Terps. People might as well get used to hearing his name because it’ll be called quite often this season.

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