Another week of the 2018 college football season is in the books with Week 2 wrapping up on Saturday. Following the conclusion of another week of action, the Big Ten Conference has announced its top performers of the week. The Big Ten awarded their Big Ten Football Players of the Week on Monday, Sept. 10 with the Offensive Player, Co-Defensive Players, Special Teams, and Co-Freshmen of the Week being announced.
Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Wisconsin star running back Jonathan Taylor, while Iowa’s AJ Espenesa and Antoine Winfield Jr. of Minnesota earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Did your favorite player receive an award?
A full look at the Big Ten Players of the Week for Week 2 of the 2018 college football season can be seen below.
Big Ten Football Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
So., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem
- Set career highs with 33 carries and 253 rushing yards and matched a career best with three rushing touchdowns in Wisconsin’s victory over New Mexico
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
So., DE, Glen Carbon, Ill./ Edwardsville
- Set career highs with five tackles and 2.0 sacks in Iowa’s win against Iowa State
Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota
So., DB, The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands
- Recorded a game-clinching interception in the end zone with 2:10 left to play in Minnesota’s victory over Fresno State
Special Teams Player of the Week
Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota
Sr., K, Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon
- Went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts against Fresno State, with both conversions coming from at least 50 yards
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Stevie Scott, Indiana
Fr., RB, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers
- Rushed 31 times for 204 yards in Indiana’s win against Virginia, scoring his first career touchdown on a 40-yard run
Tate Martell, Ohio State
Fr., QB, Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
- Went 10-for-10 passing to break the school record for best single-game completion percentage, surpassing Bill Mrukowski’s 10-of-11 game against UCLA in 1961