IU’s Johnson a co-Big Ten defensive player of the week

Indiana’s Jamar Johnson was named co-Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance versus then-No. 8 Penn State.

Johnson, the junior from Sarasota, Fla., collected a career-high 10 tackles in the overtime win Saturday, along with an interception and a forced fumble. He shares the Big Ten’s weekly honor with Rutgers linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi, who collected 10 tackles and recovered two fumbles in a win over Michigan State.

IU’s defense was particularly important in Saturday’s upset of PSU, especially while the Hoosiers’ offense was struggling to get into gear. Johnson’s interception set up a quick touchdown run by Stevie Scott to create a 17-7 cushion at half.

This was Johnson’s first career multi-takeaway game, but it was the third contest in a row where he’s registered a pick. He also had interceptions versus Purdue and Tennessee to end the 2019 season.
 
IU cracked the Associated Press and coaches polls this week after the PSU win. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 17 and No. 19, respectively, the program’s highest ranks since 1993.