Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard has been named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Buckeyes’ 31-20 victory over Michigan on Saturday.

Hubbard, a junior from Cincinnati, had five tackles, including a career-high 2½ sacks, one of which forced a fumble by Michigan quarterback John O’Korn. Hubbard was part of a defense that held the Wolverines to only 49 rushing yards in the game’s final three quarters.

He is the first Ohio State player in 2017 to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. The last Buckeye to do so was linebacker Raekwon McMillon for his performance in the 2016 Michigan game.

Hubbard leads Ohio State’s defensive line this season with 36 tackles, including 10 for losses. He has 4½ sacks.
A finance major, Hubbard was a first-team Academic All-American in 2016.

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