Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Football Honors


Hoosiers’ Campbell, Buckeyes’ Stroud, along with Nittany Lions’ Brown and Singleton garner accolades

Following Week 3 contests, the Big Ten Conference Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week, and the Freshman of the Week were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Offensive Player of the Week
CJ Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Sun. – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga

  • Completed 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, finishing with 367 yards passing and five touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 77-21 win over Toledo
  • Recorded a completion percentage of more than 80 percent for the fourth time, while his 256.8 passing efficiency was the second highest of his career
  • Leads the nation with 11 touchdown passes, ranks second in passing efficiency (208.6) and ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks in five different categories: yards per pass attempt (4th, 11.07), points responsible for (7th, 66), points responsible for per game (7th, 22.0), completion percentage (8th, .729), passing yards per game (9th, 313.7)
  • Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and his 10th career weekly honor
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: CJ Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week
Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State
S – Sr. – Trenton, NJ – Trenton Central

  • Tallied five tackles (four solo), a sack, a forced fumble and an interception to help Penn State defeat Auburn 41-12 and become the first Big Ten school to sweep a home-and-home series against an SEC opponent since 2012
  • Recorded a strip-sack in the third quarter, his first career sack and second career forced fumble, before adding his seventh career interception in the third and returning it for 27 yards
  • The Nittany Lions’ 41 points marked the most allowed by Auburn to a non-conference opponent at home since 2001 (41 vs. Louisiana Tech in a 48-41 overtime win)
  • Earns the second Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his first of the season
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Ji’Ayir Brown (Nov. 8, 2021)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Charles Campbell, Indiana
PK – Jr. – Jackson, Tenn. – University School of Jackson

  • Notched his second career four-field goal game to tie the program single-game record in Indiana’s 33-30 overtime victory over Western Kentucky
  • Recorded a 51-yard field goal to win the game, his fourth career make from 50-plus yards and Indiana’s first walk-off field goal since 2016
  • His four field goals tied for the most in the FBS in Week Three and he was one of four place kickers to convert a 50-plus yard field goal
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree garners the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his first since Nov. 2, 2020
  • Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Haydon Whitehead (Dec. 7, 2020)

Freshman of the Week
Nicholas Singleton, Penn State
RB – Shillington, Pa. – Governor Mifflin

  • Finished with 10 rushes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Penn State’s 41-12 win at Auburn, becoming the first PSU true freshman running back with back-to-back 100-yard games since Noah Cain in 2019
  • With runs of 54 and 53 yards, Singleton now has five runs of 40+ yards this season and three over 50 yards to lead the country
  • His 334 yards are the most rushing yards by a Penn State freshman through the first three games of a season, passing Saquon Barkley’s mark of 311 in 2015
  • Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career and second in as many weeks
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Nicholas Singleton (Sept. 12, 2022)

2022 Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Aug. 29

O: Chase Brown, Jr., RB, ILL
O: Ryan Hilinski, Jr., QB, NOW
D: Cameron Mitchell, Jr., CB, NOW
S: Luke Akers, Jr., P, NOW

September 5

O: Anthony Grant, Jr., RB, NEB
O: Sean Clifford, Sr., QB, PSU
D: Jacoby Windmon, Sr., DE/LB, MSU
S: Tory Taylor, Jr., P, IOWA
F: Roman Hemby, RB, MD

September 12

O: Taulia Tagovailoa, QB, Jr., MD
O: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, So., OSU
D: Jacoby Windmon, Sr., DE/LB, MSU
S: Lukas Van Ness, DT, So., IOWA
F: Nicholas Singleton, RB, PSU

September 19

O: CJ Stroud, QB, So., OSU
D: Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Sr., PSU
S: Charles Campbell, IND
F: Nicholas Singleton, RB, PSU

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