Throughout the 2018 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 12, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor and UCLA running back Joshua Kelley were selected by the 15-person committee.

Big Ten Player of the Week
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
So., RB, Salem, N.J.

  • Ran for a career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns in the 47-44 triple overtime win over Purdue
  • Scored the game-winning touchdown on a 17-yard rush in the third overtime
  • Broke the NCAA record for rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore with 3,846 yards in his career
  • This is Taylor’s third Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week honor this year and third for Wisconsin this year

Pac-12 Player of the Week
Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Jr., RB, Lancaster, Calif.

  • Rushed for a career-high 289 yards and two scores as UCLA defeated USC, 34-27
  • The 289 yards are the third most in UCLA history and the most rushing yards by any player in a UCLA-USC game
  • Surpassed the 1,000 yard mark (1,188) and scored in his seventh straight game
  • This is Kelley’s second Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and second for UCLA this year

ALSO NOMINATED:
Big Ten: Mehki Sargent, Iowa; Anthony McFarland, Maryland; Jake Moody, Michigan; Barret Pickering, Nebraska; Isaiah Bowser, Northwestern; Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State; Rondale Moore, Purdue.

Pac-12: CJ Verdell, Oregon; Francis Bernard, Utah; Myles Gaskin, Washington; Gardner Minshew, Washington State.

PREVIOUS WINNERS
Week 1: Rondale Moore, Purdue; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Week 2: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Chase Hansen, Utah
Week 3: David Blough, Purdue; Khalil Tate, Arizona
Week 4: Miles Sanders, Penn State; Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Week 5: Trace McSorley, Penn State; Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
Week 6: Jonathan Taylor (2), Wisconsin; Gardner Minshew II, Washington State
Week 7: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern; Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Week 8: Rondale Moore (2), Purdue; Gardner Minshew II (2), Washington State
Week 9: Javon Leake, Maryland; Jake Luton, Oregon State
Week 10: Shea Patterson, Michigan; Aca’Cedric Ware, USC
Week 11: Isaiah Bowser, Northwestern; Gardner Minshew II (3), Washington State