The Ohio State Buckeyes started off slow on Saturday against the Illinois Fighting Illini, but when the second quarter rolled around, they found their offense and the game was pretty much over by the time halftime hit. It was a very strong performance, and the Big Ten saw fit to recognize a couple of players with some weekly honors.
The first is senior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award. He finished with a game-high 14 tackles, which included 11 solo stops and a pass breakup. He had two tackles for loss and was a bright spot on a defense that limited the Illini to just 170 yards of total offense.
Shazier also won the award last week.
Running back Bri'onte Dunn also took home the Freshman of the Week honor, after he recorded career highs with 13 rushes for 73 yards and a touchdown. It's his first weekly Big Ten award. His touchdown was from three yards out in the fourth quarter, capping off the Buckeyes' scoring total of 52 points.