Big Ten Players of the Week

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The fine folks at the Big Ten offices will reveal the official winners on Monday, but here are my Player of the Week picks for Week 1. These will appear every Sunday or Monday during the season.

Offensive Player of the Week

Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill -- The junior exploded for 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on only 26 carries (8.1-yard average). Hill recorded his second career 200-yard rushing effort despite not touching the ball in the fourth quarter of a win against Akron.

Defensive Player of the Week

Iowa linebacker A.J. Edds -- Edds forced a Maine safety, had a deflection that led to an interception and recorded two tackles for loss, including one sack. A mention also should go to Northwestern's Brendan Smith, who had an interception return for a touchdown against Syracuse.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams -- The senior co-captain got off to a great start, returning a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown against Coastal Carolina. Ohio State kicker Ryan Pretorius (4-for-4 on field goals) also merits a mention.