Nebraska sophomore linebacker Luke Reimer is the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his team- and career-high 16 tackles and one interception in the Huskers’ 28-3 win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Reimer’s 16 stops were the most by a Nebraska player since 2015 and is tied for the third most by any FBS player in a single game this season. It’s the first Defensive Player of the Week honor in Reimer’s career—the last Husker to earn the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week accolade was Nate Gerry on Sept. 12, 2016.
“We have seen that from Luke since his first day here,” Coach Scott Frost said on Saturday. “Kid from Northwest 12th Street in Lincoln. [He] lives eight houses from my parents. We were lucky enough to get him to walk on and it was about the second day we figured we should have scholarship’d him and he is going to make a lot of plays around here.”
Michigan sophomore running back Blake Corum is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting new career highs in rushing yards (171), all-purpose yards (231) and touchdowns (three) on 21 carries (8.14 avg.) in Michigan’s 31-10 win vs. Washington.
Rutgers’ senior Adam Korsak is the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after setting career highs in both gross (52.2) and net (51.7) punting averages in the Scarlet Knights’ 17-7 win at Syracuse. The Australian also pinned 5 of 6 punts inside the 20-yard line and registered four punts of 50-plus yards.
Another Australian punter, Iowa sophomore Tory Taylor, is the Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after landing four punts inside the 10-yard line in Iowa’s 27-17 at No. 9 Iowa State. He also recorded a career-long 69-yard punt in the third quarter.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week honor belongs to Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who completed 35-of-54 passes for 454 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Oregon. His 484 yards and 35 completions both rank as the second-most by a Buckeye quarterback in school history. The 484 yards passing are the most by any FBS player in a single game this season, while the 35 completions trail only Mississippi State’s Will Rogers’ 39 completions vs. Louisiana Tech.