Big Ten weekly honors: Week 8

The latest Big Ten weekly honors came out Monday, and here’s what they looked like:

Freshman of the Week: Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor
Offensive Player of the Week: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley
Defensive Player of the Week: Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie and Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda
Special Teams Player of the Week: Northwestern punter Hunter Niswander

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley wins Offensive Player of the Week

Barkley is already one of the leading Heisman candidates, and Saturday’s performance against Michigan only helped his cause.

In a 42-13 win over the Wolverines, Barkley ran for 108 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns, both of which came in the first quarter. Less than a minute into the game, he bolted for a 69-yard score. He broke free again with 10:11 to go in the opening period, taking it into the end zone from 15 yards out.

He capped yet another impressive outing with a 42-yard receiving touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Barkley has now won this award 3 times.

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor earns Freshman Player of the Week

For the third straight week, Taylor is the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

This time, his highlights came in a 38-13 drubbing of Maryland. Taylor ran the ball 22 times for 126 yards and a score, marking the seventh-straight game he’s found the end zone. For the season, Taylor is averaging about 158 yards per game. His emergence is a big reason why Wisconsin is 7-0.

LB Jason Cabinda, Joe Bachie are Co-Defensive Players of the Week

In Penn State’s biggest game so far this year, Cabinda turned in his best performance.

The senior linebacker made 13 tackles — just the second time this season he’s had double-digit stops — to go along with a sack and a forced fumble. His play helped the Nittany Lions shut down Michigan’s offense in their 42-13 win.

Bachie, the other honoree, earned his second straight Defensive Player of the Week award. In Michigan State’s 17-9 triumph versus Indiana, Bachie made 13 tackles (4 solo), forced a fumble and had one sack.

Northwestern P Hunter Niswander nabs Special Teams Player of the Week

In Northwestern’s 17-10 overtime against Iowa on Saturday, Niswander averaged 50.8 yards per punt on five attempts.

But one punt stood out among the rest:

His boot in the third quarter tied for the fourth-longest longest punt in program history.

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