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. Check out our Week 5 stars in this post.
Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois. This senior signal caller set multiple passing records in Illinois’ 50-14 route over Miami (Ohio). Scheelhaase connected on 19-of-24 passes for 279 yards and five touchdowns, all of which came in the first half. His five touchdown passes tied a school record for the most TD strikes in a half. With the win, the Fighting Illini improved to 3-1 for just the third time in the past decade.
Watch Scheelhaase’s TD pass to Evan Wilson:
Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa. Weisman is quietly putting himself in contention for Big Ten Player of the Year honors. The Hawkeyes’ bruising running back carried the ball 24 times for a game-high 145 yards in Iowa’s 23-7 win over Minnesota. Weisman has now topped the 100 yard rushing mark in four of Hawkeyes’ five games this season.
Watch Weisman rumble for 15 yards:
Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey & James Morris, LBs, Iowa. Yes, all three of them. This senior linebacker trio was outstanding for Iowa, combining for 23 tackles and two forced turnovers. Hitchens led the way with a game-high 10 tackles; Morris added eight tackles, an interception and a sack; and Kirksey had five stops and an interception. The Hawkeyes’ defense held Minnesota to just 165 total yards of offense, including just 30 on the ground. Minnesota was averaging 284 rushing yards per game heading into this game.
Watch Kirksey’s INT off the pass deflection:
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin. With Ohio State focused on containing the Badgers’ explosive rushing attack, Abbrederis had a huge game. Wisconsin’s senior wideout hauled in 10 catches for 207 yards and one TD in Wisconsin’s 31-24 loss to Ohio State. He became the first Wisconsin WR to record 200-plus yards receiving in a game since Lee Evans (258) back in 2003.
Watch Abbrederis’ 36-yard TD:
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Making his first start since Week 2 of the season, Miller was phenomenal in Ohio State’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes’ junior quarterback completed 17-of-25 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns. Miller also rushed for 82 yards in the win.
Watch Miller’s 26-yard TD pass to Devin Smith:
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin. The Badgers’ senior linebacker was all over the field, registering an eye-popping 16 tackles, in Wisconsin’s 31-24 loss at Ohio State.