For a third-string quarterback, Aaron Bailey is piling up the accomplishments.
Monday, the Big Ten named the Illini freshman QB the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Bailey, a Bolingbrook native, rushed six times for a season-high 56 yards and a touchdown in Illinois' 50-14 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday in Champaign. He also attempted his first passes of the season, completing 1-of-3 for three yards.
Bailey has been much heralded as a potential big-time playmaker for the Illini. Despite sitting behind both Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole on the depth chart, he has seen action in all four of Illinois' games this season, with everything until Saturday coming as a rusher. On the season, he's carried the ball 12 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns, including a 10-yard scamper to the end zone in his only action against Washington.
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The Illini have racked up several Big Ten awards so far this season. Scheelhaase was named the Offensive Player of the Week after Week 1, and punter Justin DuVernois was named the Special Teams Player of the Week following Week 3's game against Washington.
This week's other Big Ten awards went to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (Offensive Player of the Week), Iowa linebacker James Morris (Defensive Player of the Week) and Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston (Special Teams Player of the Week).