MADISON, Wis. – A career day on the football field earned Jonathan Taylor a familiar honor.
Two days following a career-best 253 rushing yards on a career-high 33 carries, the University of Wisconsin’s sophomore tailback was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week Monday.
Scoring three touchdowns, which matched his career high, Taylor’s afternoon helped Wisconsin (2-0) defeat New Mexico, 45-14, Saturday. The honor was the third career offensive player of the week honor for Taylor, who last won the award on Oct.9, 2017.
Rushing for at least 150 yards in each of his first two games, giving him six career 150-yard performances, Taylor became the eighth player in program history to rush for 250 or more yards in a contest and the first since Melvin Gordon did so against Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl.
Wisconsin – which dropped one spot to No.6 in the AP poll – finishes its nonconference portion of the schedule by hosting BYU (1-1) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.