COLUMBUS, Ohio - OhioCollegeFootball.com is pleased to announce week six Players of the Week honors presented by AdvoCare.
Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio State - RB - Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde (Naples, Fla.) carried the football a career-high 28 times for a career-best 140 yards and four touchdowns in helping the Buckeye's to a 63-38 rout of Nebraska. The junior's four-touchdown game was the first for a Buckeye since Eddie George ran for four against Iowa on Oct. 28, 1995.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ohio State - DL - John Simon John Simon (Youngstown, Ohio) collected seven tackles, including a school record-tying five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Huskers. Simon earned the distinction of being the first Buckeye - ever - to have a five-TFL game and a four-TFL game.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Toledo - KR- Bernard Reedy
Junior kick returner Bernard Reedy (St. Petersburg, Fla.) returned a punt 66 yards for a give Toledo a 24-21 lead over Central Michigan. Reedy had 107 yards in punt returns and 94 yards in kickoff returns for the Rockets in a 50-35 win. Reedy finished the game with a collegiate-best 293 all-purpose yards, tied for the fourth most in a game in school history.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Anthony Bilal -RB - Lake Erie Freshman Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio) rushed 23 times for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns helping Lake Erie to their first win of the season with a 38-35 victory over Notre Dame. Bilal has touchdown runs of 58- and 14-yards pacing the Store to 414 yards of total offense.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Toba Olarewaju - RB - Walsh Toba Olarewaju (Youngstown, Ohio) scored four touchdowns and amassed 195 yards on the ground in Walsh's 34-7 win over rival Malone University. Averaging 7.0 yards per carry, Olarewaju put the game away in the third quarter on a 57-yard run giving Walsh their second win of the season.
Defensive Player of the Week: Tanner Wells - LB - Lake Erie Lake Erie linebacker Tanner Wells (Carrollton, Texas) had a game and career-high 16 tackles (eight solo), including a tackle-for-loss, and intercepted a pass in the Storm's 38-35 win over Notre Dame. The sophomore also scored a 48-yard touchdown run on a fake punt on the Storm's opening drive as LEC picked up its first victory of the season.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Michael Snyder - P - Ohio Dominican Red-shirt freshman Michael Snyder (Clayton, Ohio) punted five times, and all five punts were inside the Ashland 20...Averaged 45.0 yards per punt (44.2 net)...Had punts downed at the five and six yard lines and also pinned Eagles to the 10, 13 and 19 yard lines...Had a long punt of 52 yards.
Offensive Player of the Week: Mason Espinosa - QB - Ohio Wesleyan
For the second time this season, Ohio Wesleyan quarterback Mason Espinosa (Cookeville, Tenn.) has earned the Offensive Player of the Week honors by OCF. Last Saturday, the junior directed the Battling Bishops to a 26-22 win over DePauw. Espinosa completed 31 of 55 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ben Kaufman - DL - Bluffton
Bluffton linebacker Ben Kaufman (Ottawa, Ohio) led the Beavers defense in a 37-34 triple overtime win over Rose-Hulman. The senior tallied 16 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, and forced a fumble and was also named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Austin Sweeny - K - Bluffton Junior kicker Austin Sweeny (Adrian, Mich.) booted the game winning 21-yard field goal to give Bluffton a 37-24 triple overtime win over HCAC foe Rose-Hulman. Sweeney connected on two field goals during regulation and was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points to help the Beavers to a 4-2 overall mark and 3-1 in the HCAC.
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Offense - Carlos Hyde (Jr.) - Ohio State University
Defense - John Simon (Sr.) - Ohio State University
Special Teams - Bernard Reedy (Jr.) - University of Toledo
NCAA FCS/DII Co-Offense - Anthony Bilal (Fr.) Lake Erie College
Co-Offense - Toba Olarewaju (Sr.) Walsh University
Defense - Tanner Wells (So.) Lake Erie College
Special Teams - Michael Snyder (R-Fr.) Ohio Dominican University
Offense - Mason Espinosa (Jr.) Ohio Wesleyan University
Defense - Ben Kaufman (Sr.) - Bluffton University
Special Teams - Austin Sweeney (Jr.) Bluffton University