Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week


Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe celebrates with a teammate at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Captured at Memorial Stadium on 14 Sep, 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

Junior wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and sophomore defensive back Sydney Brown earned Big Ten Player of the Week accolades Monday.

The announcement follows Illinois’ historic comeback at Michigan State Saturday, which handed the Illini their fourth straight victory and bowl game eligibility for the first time under head coach Lovie Smith.

Imatorbhebhe was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week alongside Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan, making him the first Illinois player to win the award in over a year. Imatorbhebhe ran in 46-yard and 83-yard touchdowns against the Spartans and recorded four receptions for a career-high 178 yards Saturday, posting the most receiving yards by an opponent on Michigan State’s home turf in approximately 20 years. The University of Southern California transfer also registered the most receiving yards by an Illinois player against Michigan State ever.

Imatorbhebhe’s nine touchdown receptions are also tied for the third-most in program history, according to

Brown shares Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. The announcement follows Browns’ 13 tackles, eight solo stops and two interceptions, including a 76-yard interception return at Michigan State. The Ontario native’s 76-yard return makes history as the second-longest by an opponent ever at Spartan Stadium.

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