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Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week

Giving the ball to one of your best players worked out pretty well.

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, but after weeks of struggling offensive production, especially in the passing game, Ohio State fans begged the team to find ways to give Curtis Samuel the ball.

Well, they listened. And things worked out pretty okay for the Buckeyes. And now, the Big Ten has noticed.

After absolutely thrashing a top ten Nebraska squad 62-3 on Saturday, the Big Ten named Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel the co-offensive player of the week, sharing the award with Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight.

Samuel torched Nebraska in a variety of different ways. He helped jump start Ohio State’s struggling deep passing attack with a 75 yard touchdown catch. He fought for tough yards through contact. And when the dust settled, he finished with 178 total yards (41 on the ground over five carries, and 137 through the air on eight catches), and two touchdowns.

As a team, Ohio State finished with 590 total yards.

When Samuel is stretching defenses like this, Ohio State’s offense is nearly impossible to shut down. This was Samuel’s first weekly Big Ten honor, but if he’s able to sustain even a fraction of this level of production, it won’t be his last.