Maryland junior running back Javon Leake was named the Big Ten’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Leake ran back the second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in his team’s 48-7 win at Rutgers on Saturday. He also scored two rushing touchdowns, for 42 yards and 12 yards.
It marked the second straight season in which Leake won the honor. Leake was named Special Teams Player of the Week after a 97-yard kickoff return against Illinois in October last year. That week Leake became the first Big Ten player to also be named Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three touchdowns in Maryland’s 63-33 win.
On Monday, Leake was also named to the weekly honor roll of the Paul Hornung Award — given annually to college football’s most versatile offensive player.
Leake has gained 262 yards and scored four touchdowns on 29 carries this season, including a 64-yard touchdown run in a 63-20 win over then-No. 21 Syracuse last month.
More college football: Maryland will host Indiana on Oct. 19 at Maryland Stadium in a game that will kick at 3:30 p.m. and air on Big Ten Network, the Big Ten announced. Indiana (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) went undefeated in nonconference play, but has dropped conference games against Ohio State and Michigan State. The Hoosiers host Rutgers this Saturday at noon. Maryland defeated Indiana, 42-39, the last time the programs met in College Park in 2017. However, the Hosiers topped the Terps in Bloomington last season, 32-24.
>> Purdue's offensive line has been a major concern all season. Now coach Jeff Brohm is considering a major shake-up.
Two days after the Boilermakers allowed 10 sacks in a 35-7 loss at Penn State, Brohm opened up the possibility of replacing as many as four starters for Saturday's game against Maryland.
“We are not where we need to be. That's a fact,” Brohm said Monday at his weekly news conference when asked specifically about the line. ”We got beat. You know what, some guys do a good job, and it just seems on every play there's one guy that's having a hard time and that's the thing that's getting exposed.”
The Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2 Big Ten) have lost three straight, are off to their worst start in Brohm’s three seasons and are tied for the league lead in sacks allowed (16) with Minnesota.
They will need to win five of their final seven games to become bowl-eligible and they may have to do the bulk of that work without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar, who is expected to be out until at least mid-November with a broken left collarbone he suffered when a Minnesota pass rusher drove him into the ground in Game 4.
It's also unclear when All-American receiver Rondale Moore might return from a hamstring injury that kept him on the sideline last weekend.
And Jack Plummer, Sindelar's replacement, could be trying to fend off Aidan O'Connell for the starting job this week after Brohm noted Plummer occasionally held the ball too long against the Nittany Lions.
College wrestling: Two-time All-American and former U.S. National Team member B.J. Futrell has joined the Navy staff as an assistant coach. Futrell arrives in Annapolis after spending the last seven years training and competing on the Olympic ladder. A three-time All-Big Ten performer at the University of Illinois, Futrell twice earned All-America honors by placing eighth at the 2011 NCAA Championship and sixth in 2012.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.