Michigan State running back L.J. Scott has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Scott set career highs for carries (18), rushing yards (146) and rushing touchdowns (2) in No. 2 Michigan State's 24-21 victory over Purdue in the Big Ten opener. It marked Scott's first career 100-yard rushing game (previous high: 77 yards on 13 rushes in 2015 season opener at Western Michigan).
He also posted his second career multi-TD game (also scored two rushing TDs against Oregon in Week 2). Scott scored on TD runs of 18 and 1 yard in the first quarter against Purdue. His 30-yard run in the fourth quarter helped set up Michael Geiger's 30-yard field goal. Scott's 146 rushing yards were the most by a Spartan freshman since Javon Ringer had 194 at Illinois on Sept. 24, 2005.
“LJ Scott had a big day for us against Purdue,” MSU co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Dave Warner said. “His vision and patience with the ball in his hands are improving each week. LJ again showed his strength, as he rushed for 87 yards after contact.”
This marks the second time Scott has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. He also earned the honor after collecting 76 rushing yards on 11 carries in the victory over then-No. 7 Oregon, including touchdown runs of 6 and 38 yards.
It also marks the fifth time a Spartan has been recognized with a player of the week honor by the Big Ten this season (Riley Bullough, defense, Week 2 vs. Oregon; LJ Scott, freshman, Week 2 vs. Oregon; Aaron Burbridge, offense, Week 3 vs. Air Force; Shilique Calhoun, defense, Week 4 vs. Central Michigan).
Scott leads the Spartans in rushing with 376 yards on 61 carries (6.2 avg.) through five games, and his four rushing TDs also rank first on the team.
No. 4/3 Michigan State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) returns to action to face Rutgers (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Piscataway, New Jersey, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on BTN.
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