CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Chase Brown is the Big Ten co-offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Brown shined in the season opener, leading Illinois to a 38-6 win over Wyoming in the Week 0 game at Memorial Stadium. The junior running back rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, catching another touchdown pass as well, combining for 167 all-purpose yards.
Brown’s performance pushed him past the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing yards after transferring from Western Michigan. He also had the most rushing yards in a season opener by an Illini since at least 1945.
The Senior Bowl also named Brown its offensive Player of the Week.
Illinois heads to Indiana to open Big Ten play under the Friday Night Lights with a 7 p.m. kickoff on FS1.