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 five, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin were selected by the 15-person committee.
Big Ten Player of the Week
Trace McSorley, Penn State
Sr., QB, Ashburn, Va.
- Set a Penn State record with 461 yards of total offense (286 passing, 175 rushing) in a 27-26 loss to Ohio State
- Threw for a pair of scores and has now thrown a touchdown pass in 33 consecutive games
- His 175 rushing yards were a career-high and the most by a PSU quarterback since 1913
- This is McSorley’s first Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week honor this year and third in his career (Wk 13, ‘16; Wk 8, ‘17)
Pac-12 Player of the Week
Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
So., RB, Wylie, Texas
- Set the school record with 312 rushing yards in a 52-24 win over Oregon State
- Scored three rushing touchdowns and added another receiving score
- Tallied double-digit yardage on 10 of his career-high 30 carries and averaged 10.4 yards per carry for the game
- This is Benjamins’s first Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the first for ASU this year
Big Ten: Peyton Ramsey, Indiana; Karan Higdon, Michigan; Brian Lewerke, Michigan State; Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska; David Blough, Purdue; J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
Pac-12: Steven Montez, Colorado; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State; Aca’Cedric Ware, USC; Jake Browning, Washington; Gardner Minshew, Washington State
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