Michigan State's Joe Bachie earns Big Ten Defensive Player of Week honor

The Detroit News

Joe Bachie completed a hat trick on Monday.

Bachie, Michigan State's junior linebacker, was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 24-3 victory over Maryland. It's his third career weekly defensive honor from the conference.

Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie, shown here against Utah State, was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week.

A key cog in a defense that limited the Terrapins to 100 total yards, Bachie racked up seven tackles (two for loss) and three forced fumbles. He also recovered a fumble and broke up two passes.

He's the second Michigan State player in as many weeks to earn Big Ten weekly honors, following quarterback Rocky Lombardi, who shared freshman honors following a 23-13 victory over Purdue.

Big Ten weekly honors

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Reggie Corbin, Illinois, Jr., RB

Terry Wright, Purdue, Sr., WR

Defensive Player of the Week

Joe Bachie, Michigan State, Jr., LB

Special Teams Player of the Week

Spencer Evans, Purdue, Sr., K

Co-Freshmen of the Week

Rashod Bateman, Minnesota, Fr., WR

Adrian Martinez, Nebraska, Fr., QB