For their roles in helping Maryland football beat Texas (again) on Saturday, Antoine Brooks Jr. and Jeshaun Jones were named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week, respectively, by the conference Monday.
Brooks, a junior nickel corner, was all over the field in the Terps’ season-opening win. He recorded 11 total tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss, but his performance will be remembered for the game-sealing, diving interception of Texas’ Sam Ehlinger with just over a minute left.
Brooks earned Big Ten Co-Specialist of the Week after the Texas game last year, in which he returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a touchdown.
Jones, meanwhile, had a debut for the ages. His first touch was a 28-yard jet sweep for the Terps’ first touchdown. He then hauled in a deep ball from Kasim Hill and finished off a 65-yard catch and run in the end zone. His next touch was a 20-yard touchdown pass to Taivon Jacobs.
It’s rare for players to record a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in one game. No player has done it in their college debut in at least the last 20 years, according to ESPN.
Brooks shared the honor with Illinois’ Jake Hansen (15 total tackles, six tackles for loss), while Jones shared his award with Purdue’s Rondale Moore (79 rushing yards including a 76-yard rushing touchdown, 109 receiving yards and 125 kick return yards).
Maryland (1-0) will visit Bowling Green at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.