Week 8 Big Ten Player Rankings

Throughout the football season, Brent Yarina ranks his top 10 Big Ten players following the completion of each week’s action. Top 10 lists are subjective, to be sure, and this one is no different. That said, this weekly list is designed to reflect Brent’s top talents in the conference, taking into consideration the players’ overall statistics, latest performances and importance to their teams. Think of it as his unofficial leader board for Big Ten MVP. See Brent’s Week 8 Player Rankings in this post.

1. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Week 7 stats: 12-17, 166 yards, 1 TD; 2 car., 42 yards; 1 rec., 25 yards, 1 TD
2011 stats: 95-128, 1,557 yards, 14 TDs, 1 INT; 24 car., 182 yards, 2 TDs; 1 rec., 25 yards, 1 TD
Last week: No. 1

2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Week 7 stats: 14 car., 143 yards, 3 TDs; 1 rec., 46 yards; 1-1, 25 yards, 1 TD
2011 stats: 107 car., 653 yards, 16 TDs; 7 rec., 166 yards, 1 TD; 1 -1, 25 yards, 1 TD
Last week: No. 5

3. Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
Week 7 stats: 9 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks
2011 stats: 33 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 1 FR, 5 FFs
Last week: No. 3

4. Denard Robinson, Michigan
Week 7 stats: 9-24, 123 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 18 car., 42 yards, 1 TD
2011 stats: 76-141, 1,253 yards, 11 TDs, 10 INT; 120 car., 762 yards, 9 TDs
Last week: No. 2

5. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois
Week 7 stats: 8 rec., 80 yards
2011 stats: 54 rec., 895 yards, 7 TDs
Last week: No. 4

6. Devon Still, Penn State
Week 7 stats: 4 tackles, 1 TFL
2011 stats: 34 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 FR
Last week: No. 6

7. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Week 7 stats: Bye
2011 stats: 107 car., 635 yards, 9 TDs; 8 rec., 68 yards, 1 TD
Last week: No. 7

8. Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Week 7 stats: 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks
2011 stats: 32 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks
Last week: NR

9. Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Week 7 stats: Helped Wisconsin rack up 524 total yards and 59 points, both highs for the Big Ten in Week 7.
Last week: No. 9

10. Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Week 7 stats: 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks
2011 stats: 58 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT
Last week: NR

Out: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois (No. 8); Mike Taylor Wisconsin (No. 10)
Top 5 on outside: Jordan Kovacs, Michigan; Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State; Lavonte David, Nebraska; Silas Redd, Penn State; Mike Taylor, Wisconsin

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