Big Ten announces Week 1 football Player of the Week winners

Big Ten announces Week 1 football Player of the Week winners
September 1, 2014, 2:45 pm
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The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly football award winners on Monday. Take a look at who won, along with the Maryland player who most likely could have contended for the honor.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Ameer Abdullah | Running Back | Nebraska

- The Nebraska back carried the ball 21 times for a career-high 232 yards in a win over Florida Atlantic

Closest Possible Terp: Brandon Ross | Running Back

Ross was the engine behind the Maryland offense when it appeared quarterback C.J. Brown was off in the passing game. Though the numbers might not be gaudy -- 16 carries, 86 yards, 1 TD -- it's mostly because the ball was spread around late.

Wes Brown got a number of carries when the game was well in hand and finished with 81 yards.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Johnathan Aiken | Safety | Rutgers

- Aiken tallied seven tackles, a pass breakout, and a forced fumble in a Rutgers win over Washington State on Thursday

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Closest Possible Terp: Sean Davis | Safety

This one could actually be a contest. Davis finished with 10 tackles and two key quarterback pressures, one of which forced an interception by cornerback Jeremiah Johnson. The nod goes to Aiken because of the quantifiable box score stats he put up -- the pass breakup and the forced fumble -- but there was no more important defensive player on Saturday for Maryland than Davis.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sam Ficken | Kicker | Penn State

- Ficken's game-winning field goal as time expired lifted Penn State over Central Florida on Saturday in Dublin. Location, circumstances, and conversion. Doesn't get much better than that. He had four field goals on the day.

Closest Possible Terps: Stefon Diggs and Will Likely | Returners

Maryland didn't get many chances to return kicks because of the lopsided final score and James Madison smartly punted away from Maryland's returners for much of the afternoon.

But Diggs and Likely both got one good chance each as kick and punt returners, respectively, and made the most of them. Diggs returned the second-half kickoff 59 yards to put Maryland in good field position and Likely's 35-yard punt return did the same.

It's a solid one-two punch in the return game, it seems.