It was a Buckeyes sweep of the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week after the Ohio State 37-17 win over Maryland this past weekend.
Many Ohio State fans don’t have many fond memories of that game, a game where Ohio State trailed 10-0 at one point and really did not pull away from the feisty Terrapins until the 4th quarter.
But that doesn’t mean there were not some major performances in the game and the Big Ten office recognized that with Marvin Harrison Jr. winning the offensive honors and Josh Proctor winning the defensive prize.
Harrison Jr. recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season, even coming off a gimpy ankle just two weeks prior in the Notre Dame game.
The Ohio State wide receiver would put up 163 yards on eight catches and a touchdown. Ohio State fans will be quick to point out that he also had a touchdown taken off the board but would subsequently score his touchdown on the following play on a near-identical play.
Harrison Jr. now has 10 100-yard receiving games as a Buckeye, that moves him into a tie for third place in program history with Michael Jenkins and Garrett Wilson.
For all that Harrison Jr. has done with the Buckeyes, this is his first B1G Offensive Player of the Week award.
It is also Ohio State’s first of the season and most recent since CJ Stroud won it in mid-November of the 2022 season.
As for Proctor, he would get the Buckeyes on the board first with his pick-six of Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. He would jump a route and take the pass back 24-yards for the Buckeyes.
Beyond that, Proctor would tie his career-high of seven tackles and would record 1.5 tackles for loss in Ohio State’s 20-point win.
As like Harrison Jr., this is Proctor’s first weekly award with the Buckeyes and the first defensive player of the week for Ohio State since Lathan Ransom picked up the honors in the Notre Dame game earlier this season.
Iowa punter Tory Taylor wins Special Teams Player of the Week and Purdue defensive back Dillon Thieneman pick up the Freshman of the Week honors.