Maryland running back Ty Johnson was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for Week 5, the conference announced Monday.
Johnson needed only seven carries to rack up 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the Terps (4-0, 1-0) to a 50-7 victory over Purdue. The sophomore had rushes of 76, 56 and 48 yards in the game, which is how one winds up averaging 29.1 yards per carry. He scored touchdowns of 48 and eight yards. Maryland ran wild against the Boilermakers, and despite his limited workload, Johnson accounted for over half of the team’s 400 yards.
We wrote about Johnson becoming a feature back on the college level before the season began. Through four games, he leads the team with 335 yards on the ground and 11.9 yards per carry. He’s added three rushing touchdowns, which trails only true freshman Lorenzo Harrison’s four scores.
Johnson is the first Terp to earn this honor since the school joined the Big Ten in 2014.