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Indiana wideout Ty Fryfogle named Big Ten offensive player of the week after performance vs. MSU

Ty Fryfogle doesn’t say much off the field.

On it, he has let his performance do the talking.

On Monday, the Lucedale, Miss. product was named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week after a career day in East Lansing on Saturday.

Fryfogle set career-highs with 11 receptions (2nd-most in the Big Ten in 2020) for 200 yards (most), the seventh 200-yard game in program history, and reached the end zone twice, including a career-long 65-yarder. His 178 first-half yards marked the most by a Big Ten player (Roy Roundtree, Michigan) since 2010.

“He is a big, strong guy,” IU head coach Tom Allen said of Fryfogle on Saturday.  “He loves football, he loves to work, never says much, I mean he does not talk hardly at all but he just makes tough, contested catches, tough runs, just grit, toughness, fight and that is our program.

“To me that is an awesome thing and the team is full of guys like him and it is neat to see a kid come from South Mississippi believe in us, come all the way up here and be rewarded with great opportunities and now being a part of a football team that is doing special things, that are historic. That is a message to a whole bunch of other guys that are in the country and want to come be a part of what we are building in Indiana, whatever state you ae from, we do not care, I just want guys to who want to be here and I want guys that believe in us and want to work, want to commit, be disciplined, and buy into the L.E.O. culture, and he is one of them.”

The 6-foot-2 senior has caught at least one TD in three-straight contests and has surpassed the century mark in back-to-back weeks (3 times in his career). Fryfogle leads the team with 24 catches (tied, T-3rd in the Big Ten) for 424 yards (1st), four touchdowns (T-2nd), 17.7 yards per grab and 106.0 yards per game (3rd, T-20th nationally).

He owns 99 receptions (T-7th among active Big Ten wideouts), 1,422 yards (5th) and 10 touchdowns, which is tied with Whop Philyor for the team lead, in his career.

Safety Jamar Johnson (Penn State) and kicker Charles Campbell (Rutgers) previously earned conference honors this season.

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