October 13, 2021

A Record Streak of Big Ten Freshmen of the Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio If it seems as though the run that Ohio State is on of winning the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week honor – currently at six consecutive – is both impressive and unprecedented, it’s because it is.

Dating back to when the award was created in 2010, no school has won more than four in a row. That was achieved twice: First in 2014 by Ohio State when J.T. Barrett earned the honor on Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 and Jalin Marshall on Nov. 24. And in 2017, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor won it four weeks in a row: Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Nov. 27. Neither one of those streaks were interrupted by an off week, making the Buckeyes’ active streak of six awards in six eligible weeks a conference record.

The Buckeyes’ current run includes four awards for QB C.J. Stroud (Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11), one for RB TreVeyon Henderson (Sept. 20) and one for QB Kyle McCord (Sept. 27). The record for most Freshmen of the Week awards in a single-season is held by Taylor, who had eight in 2017. Barrett had seven as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase earned six in 2010.

Consecutive Weeks with a Big Ten Freshman of the Week
1. Ohio State – 6 (2021)
2. Ohio State – 4 (2014) and Wisconsin (2017)
3. Wisconsin – 3 (2017)

Most Single-Season Freshman of the Week Honors
8 – Jonathon Taylor, Wisconsin (2017)
7 – J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (2014)
6 – Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois (2010)
5 – Christian Hackenberg, Penn State (2014)
4 – James White, Wisconsin (2010), Rondale Moore, Purdue (2018) and C.J. Stroud, Ohio State (2021)