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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 10/9/2023, Last updated: 10/27/2023
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Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue Earn Weekly Football Honors

Hawkeyes’ Taylor, Buckeyes’ Harrison Jr. and Proctor, and Boilermakers’ Thieneman garner accolades

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Following Week 6 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

Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

WR – Jr. – Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Joseph's Prep

  • Recorded his third 100-yard receiving game this season with eight receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown in Ohio State’s 37-17 win vs. Maryland

  • Added a 58-yard second quarter catch and run to help the Buckeyes to a field goal and a tie game at the half, before his 17-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter clinched the win, giving Ohio State a 34-17 lead with just seven minutes to play

  • Tied Michael Jenkins and Garrett Wilson for third at Ohio State with 10 100-yard receiving games

  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 14, 2022)

Defensive Players of the Week

Josh Proctor, Ohio State

S – Gr. – Owasso, Okla. – Owasso

  • Led the Buckeyes’ defensive effort with a career-best performance in a 37-17 win against Maryland on Saturday

  • Intercepted a Taulia Tagovailoa pass and raced 24 yards across-field and into the end zone for Ohio State’s first touchdown of the day

  • Tied his career-high with seven tackles, set a new personal best with six solo tackles and had 1.5 tackles-for-loss

  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career

  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: J.T. Tuimoloau (Oct. 31, 2022)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Tory Taylor, Iowa

P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Haileybury College

  • Had six punts for 284 yards, averaging 47.3 yards per punt, in Iowa's 20-14 victory over Purdue

  • Recorded a 61-yard punt and two of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line

  • Garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career

  • Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Cooper DeJean (Oct. 2, 2023)

Freshman of the Week

Dillon Thieneman, Purdue

DB – Westfield, Ind. – Westfield

  • Made his team-leading third interception of the year to become the only freshman in the country with three interceptions this season vs. Iowa

  • Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo, to remain the Big Ten leader in solo tackles and ranking second nationally

  • Led a Purdue secondary that limited Iowa to 6-of-21 passing for 110 yards, the lowest completion percentage (28.6%) by an opposing quarterback since 2006

  • Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career

  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Dillon Thieneman (Sept. 5, 2023)

2023 Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Sept. 5

O: Drew Allar, So., QG, PSU

D: Miles Scott, So., DB, ILL

D: Tyler Nubin, Sr., S, MINN

S: Dragan Kesich, Sr., K, MINN

F: Dillon Thieneman, DB, PUR

Sept. 11

O: Noah Kim, Jr., QB, MSU

D: Sebastian Castro, Sr., DB, IOWA

S: Jai Patel, So., K, RU

F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN

Sept. 18

O: Kyle Monangai, Jr., RB, RU

D: Hunter Wohler, Jr., S, WIS

S: Braedan Wisloski, Fr., WR, MD

F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN 

Sept. 25

O: Bryce Kirtz, Sr., WR, NU

D: Lathan Ransom, Sr., S, OSU

S: Nathanial Vakos, So., K, WIS

F: Darius Taylor, RB, MINN

Oct. 2

O: Taulia Tagovailoa, Sr., QB, MD

D: Nick Jackson, Gr., LB, IOWA

D: Josaiah Stewart, Jr., EDGE, MICH

S: Cooper DeJean, Jr., DB, IOWA

F: Zach Evans, RB, MINN 

Oct. 9

O: Marvin Harrison Jr., Jr., WR, OSU

D: Josh Proctor, Gr., S, OSU

S: Tory Taylor, Sr., P, IOWA

F: Dillon Thieneman, DB, PUR