Illinois, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Football Honors

Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Fr. – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

  • Completed 32 of 35 passes (.914 pct.) for 432 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in Ohio State’s 56-7 win over Michigan State. Threw all six touchdown passes in the first half to give the Buckeyes a 49-0 halftime lead and then exited the game midway through the third quarter
  • Tied Ohio State’s single-game record for touchdown passes in a half and in a game
  • Is the only Big Ten quarterback to pass for six touchdowns in a game this season and is one of just eight Big Ten quarterbacks to do so since 2013
  • According to College Football Reference, his career-high 91.4 completion percentage is the second highest by an FBS quarterback in a single game in 2021 (min. of 20 attempts)
  • Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his seventh Freshman of the Week honor of the season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Garrett Wilson (Nov. 15, 2021)
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 15, 2021)

Defensive Player of the Week
Isaiah Gay, Illinois
LB – Sr. – Nashville. N.C – Northern Nash (N.C.)

  • Notched a career-high 10 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, and a sack vs. Iowa
  • Recorded the third-most tackles for loss in a single game in Illinois history and the most ever by an Illini defender in a Big Ten game. Is tied with Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal for the most tackles for a loss in a single game by a Big Ten defender this season
  • With Iowa at the Illinois 30-yard line, recorded TFLs on three consecutive plays to end a Hawkeye drive and force a field goal attempt
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Calvin Hart Jr. (Aug. 30, 2021)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Stout, Penn State
K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.)

  • Punted eight times for 343 yards (42.9 avg.) and landed four inside the 10-yard line and six inside the 20-yard line during Penn State’s 28-0 win over Rutgers. Had two punts of 50-plus yards. Also hit touchbacks on all five of his kickoff attempts
  • Dropped punts at the Rutgers 3, 8 and 9 in the first quarter alone. Also pinned the Scarlet Knights at their own 3 in the third quarter
  • Helped limit Rutgers’ average starting field position to the Scarlet Knights’ own 18-yard line
  • Ranks second in the Big Ten in 2021 with 24 punts of 50-plus yards and is tied for third with 31 punts inside the 20
  • Earns the fourth Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his third of the season
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Nov. 15, 2021)