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 1, Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes and Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon were selected by the 15-person committee.

Big Ten Player of the Week
Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Sr., DE, Rockford, Mich.

  • Tallied seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown
  • Helped Michigan State hold Tulsa to a school-record minus-73 yards rushing in a 28-7 win
  • Named Big Ten and Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week
  • This is Willekes’ first Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week honor

Pac-12 Player of the Week
Anthony Gordon, Washington State
R-Sr., QB, Pacifica, Calif.

  • Completed 29-of-35 passes for 420 yards and five touchdowns in a 58-7 win over New Mexico State
  • Completed his first 15 passes of the game and led nine scoring drives in nine possessions, including six touchdowns
  • Tied the Washington State record for touchdown passes in a Cougar starting debut
  • This is Gordon’s first Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honor

ALSO NOMINATED:
Big Ten: Brandon Peters, Illinois; Logan Justus, Indiana; Nate Stanley, Iowa; Josh Jackson, Maryland; Shea Patterson, Michigan; Cam Taylor, Nebraska; Justin Fields, Ohio State; Isaih Pachecho, Rutgers; Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Pac-12: Jayden Daniels, Arizona State; Christopher Brown, Jr., California; Alex Fontenot, Colorado; Zack Moss, Utah; Vavae Malepeai, USC; Jacob Eason, Washington

2018 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
Week 12: Jonathan Taylor (3), Wisconsin; Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Week 13: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State; Miles Gaskin, Washington