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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 9/18/2023, Last updated: 9/27/2023
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Maryland, Minnesota, Rutgers and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Football Honors

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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

Kyle Monangai, Rutgers

RB – Jr. – Roseland, N.J. – Don Bosco Prep

  • Rushed for 143 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on 16 carries (8.9 yards per carry) in the Scarlet Knights’ 35-16 win against Virginia Tech, marking the first time a Scarlet Knight topped 100 rushing yards in consecutive games since 2016

  • Ripped off a 55-yard touchdown in a one-score game in the fourth quarter, his longest career carry and longest by a Scarlet Knight since 2020

  • The three rushing scores were the most by a Rutgers player in a game since 2019 and his 357 yards this season leads the Big Ten through three weeks

  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award

  • Last Rutgers Offensive Player of the Week: Gary Nova (Dec. 1, 2014)

Defensive Player of the Week

Hunter Wohler, Wisconsin

S – Jr. – Muskego, Wis. – Muskego

  • Picked off two passes in Wisconsin's 35-14 win over Georgia Southern and made a team-high 10 tackles, including a sack, to become the first Badger to pick off two passes in a game since John Torchio vs. Purdue on Oct. 22, 2022

  • Recorded 10 tackles to improve his streak of 10+ tackles per game to three straight games, becoming the first Badger to do so since Leo Chenal in 2021

  • Just the second player in the country and first in the Big Ten this season to record two interceptions and a sack in the same game

  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns the first Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career

  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: John Torchio (Oct. 24, 2022)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Braedan Wisloski, Maryland

WR – Fr. – Elysburg, Pa. – Southern Columbia Area

  • Jumpstarted Maryland to scoring 42 consecutive points by taking a kickoff return 98 yards for a touchdown in Maryland's win over Virginia

  • It was Wisloski's first career touchdown and it marked the first time a Terp returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Javon Leake had a 97-yard score against Michigan on Nov. 2, 2019

  • Marked the longest kickoff return for a Maryland player since Leake equaled a school record with a 100-yard return at Rutgers on Oct. 5, 2019

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

  • Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Chad Ryland (Nov. 28, 2022)

Freshman of the Week

Darius Taylor, Minnesota

RB – Detroit, Mich. – Walled Lake Western

  • Made his first career start at running back for the Gophers at North Carolina, finishing the game with 22 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown, while adding a 25-yard reception

  • After running for 193 yards last week against Eastern Michigan, Taylor became the first Gopher true freshman to run for 100+ yards in consecutive weeks since Laurence Maroney did so in November of 2003

  • His two-yard touchdown run with 0:30 left in the first half at North Carolina was his second in as many games

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

  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Darius Taylor (Sept. 11, 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