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Nebraska's De'Mornay Pierson-El Earns Big Ten Special Teams Player Of The Week!!

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten Players Of the Week have been chosen, and... and... and... be still your hearts, Nebraska's PUNT RETURNER IS THE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK!!!!!


De'Mornay Pierson-El, or as we've nicknamed him, "Class", earns his first POTW award, despite having that all new freshman smell about him.

Will opposing teams now not punt to him?

Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Fr., QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider

• Tied the school record with six touchdown passes in a victory over Kent State

• Completed 23 of 30 passes for 312 yards with five of his touchdown passes coming in the first half

• Recorded the first 300-yard passing effort by a Buckeye quarterback since 2006

• Wins his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and second Freshman of the Week award

• Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Carlos Hyde (Nov. 18, 2013)

• Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Sept. 1, 2014)

Defensive Player of the Week

Trevor Williams, Penn State

Jr., CB, Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College HS

• Recorded five tackles and two interceptions to help lead Penn State to a victory at Rutgers

• Registered the first multi-interception game by a Penn State defensive back since 2010

• Helped Penn State hold Rutgers to three first downs and 95 yards of offense in the second half

• Claims his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor

• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: C.J. Olaniyan (Oct. 14, 2013)

Special Teams Player of the Week

De'Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska

Fr., PR, Alexandria, Va./West Potomac

• Recorded 150 punt return yards and a touchdown on five attempts in a win at Fresno State

• Scored on an 86-yard return in the second quarter, marking the longest punt return by a Nebraska freshman

• Added a 51-yard punt return later in the second quarter

• Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor

• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Foltz (Sept. 8, 2014)