After a tremendous performance against the Fighting Illini, Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. With opening day starter LeShun Daniels not dressed and sidelined with an ankle injury, Canzeri got the man's share of the carries in the Hawkeyes' Big Ten home opener. He took the hand-off 43 times and racked up 256 yards and a touchdown. Canzeri also had a receiving touchdown. His 43 carries set an Iowa single-game record and his 256 yards was the third most ever by a Hawkeye in a single game.
The season numbers that Canzeri has piled up are impressive as well. He now holds 697 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. His 10 total touchdowns on the year lead the Big Ten and is ranked seventh nationally. He's eclipsed 100 yards rushing in four of Iowa's six games.
It is the fourth weekly conference award for the Hawkeyes this year. Quarterback C.J. Beathard earned the same award as Canzeri for his sensational numbers against Iowa State, Marshall Koehn picked up the Special Teams Player of the Week award for his walk-off game winning field goal against Pittsburgh, and last week Desmond King received the conference's defensive accolade for his two interception and nine tackle game against Wisconsin in Madison.
He's as humble as they come but the recognition should at least get a smile out of Canzeri, but knowing him, he will give all the credit to his offensive line as well as the receivers downfield blocking.
Canzeri and the Hawkeyes will resume action on Saturday in a pivotal Big Ten West showdown with Northwestern on the road at 11 a.m. CT on ABC.