Ameer Abdullah, Carlos Hyde Headline Week 6 Big Ten Football Players of the Week

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 7, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 39-19. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Big Ten had a few flat out gamers last week who decided to carry their team and get a little national attention. The conference Players of the Week honors were named Monday, and each player is well deserving for the show they put on during Week 6.

Nobody played as well as Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. He had a career high 225 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 39-19 win against Illinois. His rushing total was the most by a Nebraska player since Roy Helu, who set the school record with 307 yards in 2010.

Abdullah's performance may have been the best by a running back all season, however, Ohio State's Carlos Hyde was also named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the win against Northwestern.

The senior, who was playing in just his third game of the season, rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. His two touchdowns in the fourth quarter helped Ohio State remain unbeaten under head coach Urban Meyer.

While those two players stole the show with their eye-popping statistics, Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard was named Defensive Player of the week after leading the Spartans with eight tackles and intercepting two passes in the win over Iowa. This is the first time the senior cornerback has received the honor.

The rest of the players listed are Buckeyes. Seriously, did you expect anything different?

Cornerback Bradley Roby was named Special Teams Player of the Week due to his blocked punt in the first quarter against the Wildcats. Defensive lineman Joey Bosa was honored with Freshman of the Week after recovering a fumble for a touchdown and sacking the quarterback twice.

It's nice to see a player outside of Columbus take his game to another level. But still, three of the five players honored were from Ohio State.