After not having a player win Offensive Player of the Week honors for over two years Purdue now has consecutive winners. Last week it was senior wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou for his 2 touchdown game in the win at Iowa. This week it is junior running back Markell Jones.
Just in: @BoilerFootball's @Merkjones28 is your Week 13 @B1Gfootball co-OPOW. pic.twitter.com/zdVogM2sKe— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) November 27, 2017
Jones was beastly on Saturday. While he was unable to get in the end zone, he ran over, around, and through the Indiana defense for a career high 217 yards after he had only 263 yards on the season coming in. It was the most rushing yards for a Purdue running back since Ralph Bolden in 2009 against Toledo and the most in a conference game since Montrell Lowe went for 200+ and a Bundy against Indiana in the 2000 Big Ten championship clincher.
Jones shares the award this week with Iowa’s Akrum Wadley. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even the starter at the beginning of the year. Jones has now rushed for 291 yards int he last two games.