Monday morning is weekly awards time, and after a 29-point beatdown of a top 2 team, your team gets some hardware. This week Purdue took home all four categories, and it is the first time any Big Ten team has done that ever.
Offensive Player of the Week - David Blough
To be fair, this could have also gone to DJ Knox, who rushed for over 120 yards and three touchdowns. Blough was nearly flawless for all four quarters. He had 378 yards and 3 TDs against zero interceptions. This is his third Offensive Player of the Week award in his career and second this season.
Defensive Player of the Week - Markus Bailey
Bailey had a monster game against his hometown team. He finished with 15 tackles and his 41-yard pick-six was the perfect exclamation point for the night. It was the first time a Purdue player has had 15 tackles in a game since Anthony Spencer in 2006. He is the first Purdue Defensive Player of the Week since Anthony Brown had three picks against Nebraska in 2015.
Special Teams Player of the Week - Joe Schopper
Joe “The Show” Schopper had a rough game. He was roughed twice and took a hell of a hit on the fake field goal. He still averaged 43.3 yards per punt and his 4 yard run on the fake set up Purdue’s second touchdown. It is the second time this year he has been the Special teams Player of the Week.
Freshman of the Week - Rondale Moore
Technically he is sharing it with Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez, but Moore also could have been straight up Offensive Player of the week. It is the third time this season Moore has been Freshman of the Week and it is extremely likely he will be the Freshman of the Year when all is said and done. His 12 catches for 170 yards and two scores was supplemented by 49 kickoff return yards, 24 rushing yards, and nine punt return yards. He has a play of at least 40 yards in all 7 games thus far.