Big Ten Football Players of the Week: Week 2

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Big Ten football teams finished Week 2 with a record of 12-2, with Maryland and Rutgers being the only losses. There were a number of players who stepped their games up and it certainly showed in their teams’ success on the field. Before we look ahead to Week 3, let’s take a look at the top performers in the conference from the past weekend. Here are the Big Ten Players of the Week.

Offense: Michigan RB De’Veon Smith

The Wolverines notched their first win of the Jim Harbaugh era against Oregon State. They were able to establish dominance on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Michigan pounded the rock down the Beavers’ throats all game long. Smith led the charge, racking up 126 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Defense: Penn State DE Carl Nassib

What couldn’t Nassib do on Saturday against Buffalo? For those who don’t know who he is, get to know him. He was an absolute force in Week 2, recording five tackles, three for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Nassib now leads the Nittany Lions in all of those categories and is ranked second in the country in sacks on the season.

Special Teams: Maryland CB/PR/KR Will Likely

Well, what do you know? Likely is starting to become a household name. Teams have not yet learned to not punt the ball to this guy. The Terps’ explosive return man made another house call in Week 2 against Bowling Green, returning one 85 yards to pay dirt. Note to America: Play with fire, get burned.

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