Earlier today from the Big Ten offices in Rosemont, Ill., the conference announced that two Ohio State football players garnered weekly awards following Ohio State’s 60-35 win over Illinois on Saturday.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week, while junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was selected as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Hyde, from Naples, Fla., rushed for a career-high 246 yards, the fourth-most in Ohio State history, and scored five total touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ road victory over Illinois, becoming the first Big Ten player since 2010 to score five times in a game.
Hyde’s final stat line against the Illini was 24 rushing attempts for 256 yards, an average of 10.3 yards per carry and four touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 26 yards and another score for a total of 272 all-purpose yards and five TDs.
For the season, Hyde has rushed for 947 yards on 120 carries (7.9 avg) and 11 touchdowns. He also has 10 receptions for 90 yards and two TDs.
This was Hyde’s third Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and second this season.
Shazier, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recorded a career-high 16 tackles that included 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in the Buckeyes’ road win at Illinois. Shazier also forced a fumble on a third-quarter sack, which led to an Illinois safety to give the Buckeyes a 37-21 advantage.
Currently, Shazier is fourth in the Big Ten in total tackles (88), tied for seventh in sacks (4.5), and leads the conference in tackles for loss (14.5).
Today marked Shazier’s fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season.