Throughout the 2019 college football season, the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game Football Committee will select players from each partner conference as the Big Ten and Pac-12 Player of the Week.

For their outstanding performances in week eight, Illinois linebacker Dele Harding, Minnesota holder Casey O’Brien and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert were selected by the 15-person committee.

Co-Big Ten Player of the Week
Dele Harding, Illinois
Sr., LB, Elkton, Md.

  • Tallied a game-high 16 tackles in the win over Wisconsin, 24-23
  • Recovered a fumble and had one tackle for loss
  • Led Illinois to its first win over a top-10 opponent since 2007
  • This is Harding’s first career Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week honor and first for Illinois in 2019

Co-Big Ten Player of the Week
Casey O’Brien, Minnesota
R-So., H, Saint Paul, Minn.

  • Held for two extra points the Gophers’ 42-7 victory over Rutgers
  • Was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer as a freshman in high school and is a four-time cancer survivor
  • Served as the student-athlete speaker at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon this past July
  • This is O’Brien’s first career Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week honor and second for Minnesota in 2019

Pac-12 Player of the Week
Justin Herbert, Oregon
Sr., QB, Eugene, Ore.

  • Connected on 24-of-38 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns in Oregon’s 35-31 comeback win at Washington
  • Final two TD passes erased a 31-21 second half deficit, highlighted by the game-winning TD pass with 5:10 to play
  • Marked the seventh time in his career with four or more TD passes in a game
  • This is Herbert’s first career Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and first for Oregon in 2019

ALSO NOMINATED:
Big Ten: Peyton Ramsey, Indiana; Keith Duncan, Iowa; Rodney Smith, Minnesota; Justin Fields, Ohio State; KJ Hamler, Penn State

Pac-12: Hamilcar Rashed, Oregon State; Kyle Phillips, UCLA; Kenan Christon, USC; Zack Moss, Utah; Max Borghi, Washington State

PAST WINNERS
Week 1: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State; Anthony Gordon, Washington State
Week 2: Elijah Sindelar, Purdue; Kedon Slovis, USC
Week 3: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State; Anthony Gordon, Washington State (2)
Week 4: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
Week 5: Tanner Morgan, Minnesota; Tyler Huntley, Utah
Week 6: Sean Clifford, Penn State; Khalil Tate, Arizona
Week 7: Jack Coan, Wisconsin; Jayden Daniels, Arizona State