Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. See our Week 1 honorees in this post.
Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois. Illinois’ oft-criticized quarterback tore about the Southern Illinois defense, throwing for a career-high 416 yards to help the Illini hold off the Salukis, 42-34. Scheelhaase also completed 28-of-36 attempts (78 percent), including a pair of scoring strikes.
Watch Scheelhaase’s TD pass to Jon Davis:
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. Like the entire Indiana offense, Coleman torched Indiana State, to the tune of 169 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Impressive numbers, no? They’re even better when one considers the sophomore put up those stats on just 14 carries (12.1 yards per carry).
Watch Coleman’s 34-yard TD scamper:
Shane Wynn, WR, Indiana. Wynn touched the ball three times in Indiana’s historic 73-35 victory over Indiana State on Thursday, and he scored all three times. The nimble receiver showed off his versatility, scoring on a long pass (43 yards) a short pass (3 yards) and a highlight-reel 58-yard punt return. The numbers could have been better had it not been for the score or this hit that knocked him out of the game.
Watch Wynn’s punt return TD:
Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa. The 14 tackles were impressive, no doubt. But Kirksey finds himself on this list – even in defeat – because of his highlight-reel play that included a powerful hit, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that the linebacker took back 48 yards for a touchdown.
Watch Kirksey’s all-around play, TD:
Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State. The Spartans’ junior safety was a human highlight film in Michigan State’s 26-13 win over Western Michigan on Friday night. Drummond had the game’s first score after Jarius Jones picked off a pass and lateraled it to Drummond, who ran in for a 21-yard touchdown. Shortly after that, Drummond hauled in an incredible one-handed interception at the end of the first quarter. He added four tackles and a pass breakup in the victory.
Watch Drummond’s one-handed INT:
Imani Cross, RB, Nebraska. Cross racked up his second career 100-yard game, putting up 105 yards – on just 13 carries - in Nebraska’s closer-than-expected 37-34 win over Wyoming. The sophomore scored two touchdowns, as well, giving him seven in his last four games, dating back to last season.
Watch Cross’ double spin move TD run:
Collin Ellis, LB, Northwestern. Ellis returned a pair of second-half interceptions for scores to fuel Northwestern’s 44-30 comeback victory late Saturday night at Cal. Trailing 24-20 in the third quarter, Ellis’ first pick 6 (56-yard return) gave the Wildcats the lead; the second (40 yards) provided much-needed breathing room.
Treyvon Green, RB, Northwestern. Venric Mark is the big name and receives all the fanfare, however Green showed he’s a pretty good back in his own right. The junior broke out for a career-high 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the second score putting Northwestern’s 44-30 comeback win at Cal on ice.
Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State. There’s no shortage of playmakers in Ohio State’s backfield, and with Carlos Hyde and Bri’onte Dunn each suspended and Braxton Miller fighting leg cramps, Hall gave the Buckeyes exactly what they needed with a career-high 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns (37 & 49 yards). Hall also chipped in three receptions for 14 yards.
Watch Hall’s 49-yard TD run:
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. Robinson, the Big Ten’s leading returning receiver, spent the first half on the bench for disciplinary reasons. He more than made up for his absence in the second half, hauling in seven passes for 133 yards and one touchdown. Just imagine what he would have done in an entire game. Wow.
Watch Robinson’s 51-yard TD catch:
Corey Clement, Melvin Gordon & James White, RBs, Wisconsin. Yes, all three of them. Gordon (144 yards), White (143) and Clement (101) all eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in the Badgers’ dominating 45-0 victory over Massachusetts. For good measure, each back also reached the end zone. Incredibly, Wisconsin has had a trio of 100-yard rushers in two of its last three games. Prior to Saturday and the 2012 Big Ten title game, the Badgers never had three running backs reach 100 yards in a game.
Watch Melvin Gordon scoot for 70-yard TD: