JUST IN: Michigan’s Quinn Nordin earns Big Ten honor

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NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Dec 30, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Michigan Wolverines football helmet sits on the field prior to the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Michigan Wolverines at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten announced their Players of the Week for the opening weekend of the college football season, and anyone that watched Michigan’s 33-17 win over Florida likely has a good idea which Wolverine made the list.

Freshman kicker Quinn Nordin was named the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week. Nordin hit four of his six field goal attempts, converting from 25, 30, 55, and 55 yards. That marks the first time in program history that a kicker hit two 50-yard or longer field goals in one game. He also hit all three of his extra point attempts.

Nordin shares this week’s honor with Maryland sophomore defensive back Antoine Brooks, who returned a blocked field goal 71-yards for a touchdown in the Terrapins win at Texas.

Here is the list of the Players of the Week, from the Big 10 website:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Sr., QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider

  • Accounted for four touchdowns and 365 yards of total offense in a victory at Indiana
  • Threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 61 yards and another score
  • Now responsible for 104 career touchdowns (rushing and passing), two shy of the Big Ten record held by Purdue’s Drew Brees
  • Receives the seventh Offensive Player of the Week award of his career, the fourth-most in conference history
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Curtis Samuel (Nov. 7, 2016)

Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Jr., RB, Coplay, Pa./Whitehall

  • Rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries in Penn State’s victory over Akron
  • Recorded the second 80-yard run of his career in the second quarter
  • Added three catches for 54 yards and one 20-yard kickoff return to finish the contest with a Big Ten-best 246 all-purpose yards
  • Claims his third career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Trace McSorley (Nov. 28, 2016)

Defensive Player of the Week

Josey Jewell, Iowa

Sr., LB, Decorah, Iowa/Decorah

  • Recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including seven solo stops, in Iowa’s 24-3 win over Wyoming
  • Matched career highs with 2.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks
  • Added a pass breakup
  • Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Jaleel Johnson (Nov. 14, 2016)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week

Antoine Brooks, Maryland

So., DB, Lanham, Md./DuVal

  • Returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a touchdown in Maryland’s road victory at Texas
  • His first career touchdown gave Maryland a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter
  • Finished the game with four solo tackles, including one tackle for loss
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Special Teams Player of the Week: Teldrick Morgan (Nov. 28, 2016)

Quinn Nordin, Michigan

Fr., K, Rockford, Mich./Rockford

  • Converted four of his six field goal attempts, including two 50-yard kicks, in Michigan’s 33-17 over Florida in Arlington, Texas
  • Recorded successful kicks from 25, 55, 30 and 50 yards, becoming the first kicker in program history to hit multiple 50-yard field goals in the same game
  • Added three extra points on three attempts to finish the game with 15 points, the most ever for a Michigan kicker in his debut
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Kenny Allen (Oct. 31, 2016)

Freshman of the Week

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

RB, La Grange, Texas/La Grange

  • Set an Ohio State record for rushing yards by a freshman in his first game with 181 yards on 29 carries at Indiana
  • Recorded an average of 6.2 yards per carry with a long run of 35 yards
  • Added two receptions for 24 yards in the contest
  • Claims his first career weekly award
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Mike Weber (Nov. 21, 2016)