Big Ten Players of the Week: Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor among winners

The college football regular season came to a close in Week 13, and it brought out the best in some of the Big Ten’s best players.

The Big Ten named its Players of the Week for Week 13 on Monday. See this week’s winners below.

Offensive Players of the Week: Purdue running back Markell Jones and Iowa running back Akrum Wadley

Jones put together his strongest performance of the season on Saturday, as he rushed for 217 yards on 31 carries, both of which are career-highs for Jones. He helped the Boilermakers defeat Indiana, 31-24, at Ross–Ade Stadium.

Wadley also had a big day rushing the ball, as he finished with a season-high 159 yards on 19 carries and 3 touchdowns to help the Hawkeyes defeat Nebraska 56-14 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.

Defensive Player of the Week: Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard

Hubbard had a standout showing in “The Game,” finishing with 5 tackles, (4 solo) 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in the Buckeyes’ 31-20 win over Michigan. Hubbard also forced a fumble in the victory at Michigan Stadium.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Northwestern punter Hunter Niswander

In Northwestern’s 42-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, Niswander averaged 48.3 yards on 6 punts. He finished the game with 290 yards on those 6 punts, including a 61-yard punt. In addition, he placed 3 punts inside the 20-yard line at Memorial Stadium Champaign.

Freshman of the Week: Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor

For the eighth time this season, Taylor is the Big Ten Freshman of the week. Taylor helped Wisconsin remain undefeated and win Paul Bunyan’s Axe by rushing for 149 yards on 20 carries and 1 touchdown in the Badger’s 31-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

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