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Big Ten Football Players of the Week: Nova....Nova....Nova

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Good, Very Good Gary....showed up in the second half. That's senior leadership!

Offensive Player of the Week

Gary Nova, Rutgers, Sr., QB

  • Completed 28-of-42 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rutgers to a comeback win at Maryland
  • Recorded a career-high 28 completions, moving into second in Scarlet Knights' history with 680 career completions
  • Produced his second game of 300 or more passing yards this season and seventh of his career
  • Earns the second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of his career

Defensive Player of the Week

Nate Gerry, Nebraska, So., S

  • Led Nebraska with a career-high 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and added 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception in an overtime victory at Iowa
  • His first-quarter interception marked his fifth pick in Big Ten play this season
  • Guided a Nebraska defense that forced punts on five consecutive Iowa possessions to aid in the Huskers' second-half comeback

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week

R.J. Shelton, Michigan State, So., WR

  • Returned three kickoffs for a career-high 135 yards and one touchdown in Michigan State's win at Penn State
  • Recorded his first career kickoff return for a touchdown, returning the opening kickoff for 90 yards and the Spartans' first score
  • It was the first time since 2009 that an MSU player returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and only the second time in MSU history a Spartan returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown

De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska, Fr., WR

  • Recorded three punt returns for 134 yards and one touchdown in Nebraska's comeback win at Iowa
    Produced an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Nebraska its first lead of the game
  • His 134 punt return yards in the game are the fourth-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season, and his 589 punt return yards this season leads the nation

Freshman of the Week

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Fr., QB

  • Guided Ohio State to a win over Michigan, compiling 265 yards of total offense with three touchdowns
    Completed 13-of-21 passes for 176 yards and one score and added 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns
  • Finished the season with 45 touchdowns accounted for, breaking the Big Ten record of 42 set by Purdue's Drew Brees in 1998
  • Set a Big Ten single-season record with his seventh Freshman of the Week award