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Ohio State’s Tate Martell shares Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Imagine what he could do if he played a full game.

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

It’s a good time to be an Ohio State quarterback, as following Saturday’s 52-3 win over Rutgers backup QB Tate Martell took home the first weekly Big Ten honor of his career as the B1G Freshman of the Week; an even bigger achievement when you consider that he only played about half of the game. Martell shared the honor with Indiana’s Stevie Scott.

In just his second career start, Dwayne Haskins had another impressive game for the Buckeyes, throwing for 233 yards and four touchdowns on 20-for-23 passing before giving way to Martell. For his part, the redshirt freshman went a perfect 10-for-10 for 121 yards and a TD through the air, while also leading the team in rushing with 95 yards and another TD on the ground.

In fact, both Buckeye quarterback performances were historic, as they ranked as two of the top three completion percentages in Ohio State history for a QB who attempted 10 or more passes. Haskins’ .869 percent is third all-time, while Martell’s 1.000 is, obviously, the best.

The other players to earn conference honors this week were Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (Offensive Player of the Week), Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa and Antoine Winfield Jr. (co-Defensive Players of the Week), Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter (Special Teams Player of the Week)