U.S. Marine Corps: BTN.com Leaders of Week 3

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 3 top 5 stars and our honorable mention honorees in this post.

1. Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State. Making his first career start, Guiton was nearly flawless in leading Ohio State to an easy 52-34 victory at Cal. The senior super sub threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith on his first attempt, marking the longest play from scrimmage in Ohio State history, and he never looked back. Guiton completed 21-of-32 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, plus he was a force on the ground for the second consecutive week (14 car., 92 yards).

Watch Guiton’s top plays:

2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. What quarterback questions? Saturday, Mark Datonio finally found the answer to the question that has plagued his team since Kirk Cousins left town. For one game, at least, Cook solved Michigan State’s issues under center. In just his second career start, the sophomore threw four first-half touchdowns and helped the Spartans equal their biggest offensive explosion since 2011 (55 points vs. Indiana). Cook was so good, in fact, he spent much of the second half on the bench.

Watch Cook’s 24-yard TD pass:

3. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana. Quick: Which quarterback leads the Big Ten in passing yards and touchdown passes? To the surprise of many, it’s Sudfeld, the same guy who came off the bench in each of Indiana’s first two games. As the starter Saturday vs. Bowling Green, Sudfeld threw his ninth and 10th scoring strikes and finished 17-of-26 for 335 yards. On top of that, the sophomore ran for a touchdown and had zero interceptions.

Watch Sudfeld’s 33-yard TD pass:

4. Jordan Hall, RB, Ohio State. As good as Kenny Guiton was through the air, Hall was equally impressive on the ground. The senior back torched Cal’s defense for 168 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, to go along with a career-high five receptions for 20 yards. Whether it was Guiton or Hall, the Ohio State offense did what it wanted in the easy road win.

Watch Hall’s scoring plays:

5. Treyvon Green, RB, Northwestern. No about about it, Green has made some people forget Northwestern is missing standout Venric Mark. The junior backup running back compiled his third straight impressive game, rushing for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yard scoring run, in Northwestern’s 38-17 victory over Western Michigan.

Watch Green’s 42-yard TD run:

HONORABLE MENTION

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. 19 car., 129 yards, 2 TD

Nick Mangieri, DE, Indiana. 4 tackles; 1 INT; 1 sack

Jake Rudock, QB, Iowa. 14-23, 160 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 1 rushing TD

Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa. 35 car, 144 yards

Blake Countess, CB, Michigan. 6 tackles, 1 INT

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State. 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FR, 1 sack

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 Blkd

Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern. 3 tackles, 1 INT

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State. 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF

Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. 3 rec., 149 yards, 2 TD

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. 16 car., 193 yards, 2 TD

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Tim on 9/15/2013 @ 9:16am EDT Said:

I guess because his style of running isn’t pretty Mark Weisman was left off your list of top performers. He carried the ball 35 times for 148 yards against Iowa State, basically beating Iowa State on his own. Last week he had 180 yards. It’s hard to deny he’s the most consistent back in the Big Ten based on his numbers.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor on 9/15/2013 @ 11:48am EDT Said:

    Tim – I added him to the list early this morning, actually. Upon further review, I decided he deserved to be on there for taking all those totes, racking up all those yards and leading his team to a victory over a rival. Thank you.

Evelyn Hawthorne on 9/15/2013 @ 6:29pm EDT Said:

I am confused. Chris Hawthorne was identified about an hour in to the WIU @ Minnesota game as a Marine Corps leader of the game. A graphic was posted referencing his service to the NCAA SAAC for Division I. He’s not listed here at all.Furthermore, I’ve tried to watch the replay on BTN2Go and it only shows the first 17 minutes of the game.

    BTN.com staff on 9/19/2013 @ 12:35pm EDT Said:

    Evelyn, he was indeed the leader of that game. Our online feature spotlights other top performers, and they’re not always the same. Thanks for the note.