COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defensive end Sam Hubbard has been named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Ohio State’s 31-20 victory at Michigan on Saturday, the conference announced today.
Hubbard, a junior from Cincinnati, finished with a career-high 2.5 sacks among his five tackles (four solo) and also forced a fumble. With Hubbard’s help, the Buckeyes’ defense limited Michigan to just 49 yards rushing over the final three quarters while registering seven tackles for loss and five sacks.
On the season, Hubbard is the leading tackler among a deep and talented defensive line with 36 total stops to go along with 10.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He’s also a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District and 2016 first-team Academic All-American. Hubbard is a finance major.
The Buckeyes, champions of the Big Ten East Division, face Wisconsin on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17 p.m. and FOX will televise.