Helmet Stickers: Week 9

On October 28, 2013 by Buckeye Empire

After handing Penn State a blowout of historic proportions, it would have seemed difficult to select just two players to receive Buckeye Empire Helmet Stickers. In reality, that was almost opposite the case, as both of this week’s winners were nearly unanimous. 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Braxton Miller, quarterback

Braxton Miller Penn State

Despite putting up some of the best passing numbers of his career over the past couple of weeks, Miller received his first Buckeye Empire Helmet Sticker since Ohio State’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin.

He must have a penchant for primetime games.

On Saturday night, Miller went for over 250 yards and three touchdowns while completing 18 of his 24 pass attempts through the air and accounted for another 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Over his last two games against Iowa and Penn State, Miller has completed 40 of his 51 pass attempts for 474 yards and five touchdowns, with not a single interception or turnover. On the ground, he’s been nearly as good, rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.

It’s safe to say that after his near-benching at Northwestern, Miller has turned a new leaf and become the quarterback we all expected him to be at the beginning of this season. In fact, he might be turning into a better passer than we could have imagined as well.

While Miller received this week’s Helmet Sticker, Carlos Hyde had another Carlos Hyde-like performance, rushing for 147 yards on just 16 carries, including two more touchdowns.

In case you’re keeping track, that’s 464 yards and seven touchdowns over his last three games. The man is nearly unstoppable.

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Noah Spence, defensive end

Noah Spence Penn State

Unbelievably, and despite his monster 2013 season thus far, this is Noah Spence’s first Buckeye Helmet Sticker of this season.

This was a somewhat special game for Spence for many reasons.

Spence was born-and-raised a Nitanny Lion in the heart of Penn State territory. Before the horrifying Jerry Sandusky scandal broke out, Spence was all-but-a Penn Stater and ready to lead the school he loved for most of his life.

While the adjustment period was tough, Spence found a home in Columbus and made it a point to come out on fire against his hometown team on Saturday night.

Spence was seemingly in Christian Hackenberg’s face each and every play, compiling two sacks in the first half, as well as a forced fumble and a multitude of pressures.

Those were the numbers he finished with, including four more tackles, and Spence had done his Pennsylvania family very proud.

We congratulate Noah on his spectacular performance on Saturday night with his first Buckeye Empire Helmet Sticker, hopefully, the first of many that will come.

 

Past Helmet Sticker Winners: 

Week One: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Jordan Hall, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Ryan Shazier, linebacker

Week Two: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Steve Miller, defensive lineman

Week Three:

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Joey Bosa, defensive end

Week Four: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Kenny Guiton, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Chase Farris, defensive lineman

Week Five: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Braxton Miller, quarterback

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Ryan Shazier, linebacker

Week Six:

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Carlos Hyde, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Joey Bosa, defensive end, Doran Grant, cornerback

Week Seven: 

Offensive Helmet Sticker: Carlos Hyde, running back

Defensive Helmet Sticker: Doran Grant, cornerback

 

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