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IU football wide receiver Ty Fryfogle earns back-to-back Big Ten offensive player of the week honors

It wasn’t that long ago that Ty Fryfogle was routinely hearing all of the labels that many wide receivers dread.

Steady, reliable, possession receiver — a nice complimentary piece.

In just a matter of weeks the adjectives have become explosive, game-changer, All-Big Ten, and NFL-bound.

For the second week in a row Fryfogle hauled in Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after a 7 catch, 218 yard and 3 touchdown performance against Ohio State on Saturday.

Fryfogle has broken his own single game receiving high three weeks in a row, and now owns the fifth and seventh best single game receiving yards performances in IU history with his efforts over the last two weeks.

Fryfogle became the first Big Ten player to ever eclipse in the 200 yard receiving mark in consecutive weeks, and he has amassed 25 catches, 560 yards and 6 touchdowns over the last three weeks.

The Mississippi native had one 100 plus yard game in his first 27 as a Hoosier.  He has gone over 142 in each of his last three contests.

Averaging 20.7 yards per catch, Fryfogle has already surpassed his 12 game 2019 yardage total in 2020, as well as his career touchdown total.

Not bad for the steady, dependable guy.

The notes on Fryfogle from the Big Ten and IU releases follow.


Via the Big Ten

Offensive Player of the Week
Ty Fryfogle, Indiana
Sr., WR, Lucedale, Miss./George County

  • Hauled in seven passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State to become the first receiver in Big Ten history to record back-to-back 200-yard games
  • His 218 yards were the third-highest total ever by a Buckeyes’ opponent and the most by a Hoosier in the history of the series, which dates back to 1901
  • Scored from 63, 56 and 33 yards out to became the first Hoosier since James Hardy in 2007 to record a pair of 50-yard touchdowns in a single game
  • Has 25 catches for 560 yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks
  • Collects his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and second in as many weeks
  • Last Indiana Offensive Player of the Week: Ty Fryfogle (Nov. 16, 2020)

Via IU Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior wide receiver Ty Fryfogle earned his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced on Monday morning. He is the first Hoosier to win the accolade in back-to-back weeks since quarterback Nate Sudfeld in 2015.

This is the fourth time in five weeks an IU standout has been recognized by the B1G: safety Jamar Johnson (Penn State) and kicker Charles Campbell (Rutgers).

Fryfogle became the first receiver in Big Ten history to record back-to-back 200-yard games and the first Indiana wideout to reach 200 yards twice with a career performance at No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Lucedale, Miss., native hauled in seven passes for 218 yards (5th in program history, 1st in Big Ten/9th nationally in 2020) and three touchdowns (T-2nd in program history, T-1st in Big Ten/T-3rd nationally in 2020). His 218 yards were the third-highest total ever vs. the Buckeyes, the most by an IU pass-catcher vs. OSU and the fifth-highest total in program history.

Fryfogle scored from 63, 56 and 33 yards out and became the first Hoosier since James Hardy on Sept. 1, 2007, vs. Indiana State to bring in a pair of 50-yard TDs.

The 6-2, 214-pounder has caught at least one touchdown in four-straight contests and has surpassed the century mark in three-consecutive games (4 times in his career). Cody Latimer (2013) was the last Hoosier with a score in four straight and with three-consecutive 100-yarders.

An addition to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List last week, Fryfogle has 25 receptions for 560 yards and six TDs over the last three games. The 560 yards are the most over a three-game stretch in program history and the six touchdowns are the most since Hardy’s eight (2006).

Fryfogle leads the team with 31 catches (T-3rd in the Big Ten) for 642 yards (1st, 17th nationally), seven touchdowns (T-2nd, T-12th), 20.7 yards per grab (4th, 18th) and 128.4 yards per game (1st, 6th). He paces the Big Ten in 20-plus yard grabs (12, T-11th), 30-yarders (6, T-22nd), 40-yarders (3, T-23rd) 50-yarders (3, T-3rd) and 60-yarders (2, T-2nd).

Up next, Fryfogle and the No. 12 Hoosiers (4-1) host Maryland (2-1) at noon EDT on Saturday on ESPN2.


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