East Division honorees are Matt Johnson (Bowling Green, Terrence Waugh (Kent State) and Michael Buddenberg (Akron).
West Division honorees are Phillip Ely (Toledo), Orion Jones (Toledo, Ben Eagle (Ball State) and Aregeros Turner (Northern Illinois).
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Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson
Bowling Green senior quarterback Matt Johnson (Harrisburg, Pa.) continues to rewrite the school’s record books as he went 43-for-59 for 402 yards passing and a touchdown on Saturday in a 35-28 road win at Purdue. Johnson, who has passed for more than 400 yards in four consecutive weeks, became the first player in Bowling Green’s 96-year history to ever have four 400-yard passing games in a career. His 43 completions on Saturday were tied for third-most in school history for a single game. Johnson, who has led the Falcons to two Big Ten road wins this season, helped the 2015 Falcons become the first team in Bowling Green history to defeat two Big Ten teams on the road in the same season – and just the third MAC program to ever do so. After four weeks, Johnson leads the country with 1,760 passing yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kent State DT Terence Waugh
Kent State junior defensive tackle Terence Waugh (Atlanta, Ga.) helped Kent State’s defense hold Marshall to 277 total yards in a 36-39 (2OT) loss. Waugh had a game-high 3.0 sacks for a loss of 17 yards and posted career highs of 11 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and seven solo tackles. The Flashes defense held Marshall to just 2.9 yards per carry on 44 attempts.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Akron LS Michael Buddenberg
Akron sophomore long snapper Michael Buddenberg (Massillon, Ohio) recorded his first stat as he recovered a Louisiana fumble following a punt in the second quarter in a 35-7 road win at Louisiana. The recovery gave the Zips the ball back to close out the first half and take away the Cajuns’ opportunity to tie the game before halftime.
Offensive Player of the Week: Toledo QB Phillip Ely
Toledo senior quarterback Phillip Ely (Tampa, Fla.) completed 25-of-52 passes for 308 yards in a 37-7 win over Arkansas State. Ely’s 52 pass attempts was a career high, surpassing his previous best effort of 38 attempts vs. Arkansas on Sept. 12. He also topped the 300 yards passing for the second time in his collegiate career. Ely’s career high is 337 passing yards against New Hampshire on Aug. 30, 2014.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Toledo DT Orion Jones
Toledo senior defensive tackle Orion Jones (Tulsa, Okla.) was credited with a collegiate best three sacks among his four tackles in a 37-7 win over Arkansas State. The last time a Rocket had three sacks was Junior Sylvestre against Bowling Green on Oct. 26, 2013. On one of Jones’ three sacks he forced a fumble that was recovered on the ASU three-yard line, setting up a Toledo touchdown.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Ball State LB Ben Ingle
Ball State senior linebacker Ben Ingle (Harrison, Ind.) posted a season-high 13 tackles, which was also one shy of his career high, in a 24-19 loss at No. 17 Northwestern. Ingle was part of a defense that forced three first half turnovers which led to 10 Ball State points. He added a game-high two tackles for loss and one pass break-up
Special Teams Player of the Week: Northern Illinois KR Aregeros Turner
Northern Illinois junior kickoff returner Aregeros Turner (Akron, Ohio) put the Huskies within striking distance of Boston College with 4:27 to play when he returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown for NIU’s second touchdown, making the score 17-14 Boston College. Turner recorded the first kickoff return touchdown by a Huskie player since Sept. 28, 2013 by Tommylee Lewis versus Purdue with the first kickoff return score of his career. It tied for the 13th longest kickoff return in NIU history. Turner is now averaging 26.6 yards per kickoff return on the year.