Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 9 winners in this post.
OFFENSE: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit – Despite bringing one career touchdown into Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, the former Illini running back erupted for three touchdowns, the first three scores of the game, in Detroit’s 31-14 victory. Leshoure scored on runs of seven, one and eight yards (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3) and totaled 70 yards on 16 carries.
Honorable mention: Drew Brees, New Orleans: 21-27, 239 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT (Watch TD No.1 | No. 2); Owen Daniels, Houston: 4 rec., 62 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Eric Decker, Denver: 8 rec., 99 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2); Garrett Graham, Houston: 2 rec., 11 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); Brian Hartline, Miami: 8 rec., 107 yards; Brandon Myers, Oakland: 8 rec., 59 yards, 2 TD (Watch TD No. 1 | No. 2); Evan Royster, Washington: 4 car., 6 yards, 1 TD (Watch TD); 3 rec., 30 yards; Russell Wilson, Seattle: 16-24, 173 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT (Watch TD passes); 9 car., 27 yards.
DEFENSE: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay – Yes, Tampa Bay surrendered 32 points its shootout victory at Oakland, but it wasn’t the Husker product’s fault. David registered a career-high 16 tackles and posted 2 tackles for loss in the win.
Honorable mention: Jonathan Babineaux, Atlanta: 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PD; Mike Daniels, Green Bay: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack; Larry Foote, Pittsburgh: 7 tackles; Brandon Graham, Philadelphia: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FR (Watch sack); Charles Godfrey, Carolina: 5 tackles, 1 PD; Tamba Hali, Kansas City: 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack; Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans: 13 tackles; Corey Liuget, San Diego: 4 tackles, 1 PD; Whitney Mercilus, Houston: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF (Watch strip-sack); Mike Neal, Green Bay: 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack; Bernard Pollard, Baltimore: 7 tackles; Will Smith, New Orleans: 3 tackles, 2 sacks (Watch one sack); Cameron Wake, Miami: 4 tackles, 1 sack; J.J. Watt, Houston: 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Robbie Gould, K, Chicago – The Nittany Lion product was perfect on nine kicks, including three field goals (Watch 40-yarder), and scored 15 points in Chicago’s emphatic 51-20 win at Tennessee.
Honorable mention: Sherrick McManis, Chicago: Blocked punt; Corey Wootton, Chicago: TD on blocked punt (Watch blocked punt, TD); Keshawn Martin, Houston: 3 KR, 62 yards; 2 PR, 34 yards; Brad Nortman, Carolina: 5 punts, 32.3 AVG, 3 inside 20; Mike Nugent, Cincinnati: 2-2 XP, 3-4 FG.
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