Player Rankings: Two new names enter the list

It’s a new week, which means it’s time to release my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Following the first week of full-blown Big Ten action, the list features a couple of new names. Can you guess who it is? Hint: They both play on offense and went for career days Saturday. View my latest Big Ten Player Rankings in this post.

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1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Gordon leads all Big Ten rushers in yards (698) and averages a silly 10.3 yards per carry, including 8.9 at Arizona State and Ohio State. Just imagine what he’ll do when he gets more totes.
Last week: No. 2
Week 6 stats: Bye
2013 stats: 68 car., 698 yards, 7 TD

2. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State. The most feared player on the Big Ten’s most feared defense, Calhoun has quarterbacks sick of seeing No. 89 chasing them down.
Last week: No. 4
Week 6 stats: 3 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 4 QBH
2013 stats: 10 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 12 QBH, 1 INT, 3 FR, 3 TD

3. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State. After Saturday’s career day, Robinson leads the Big Ten in receptions (38), receiving yards (621) and is tied for the lead in touchdown catches (5). All this, mind you, with a true freshman QB.
Last week: NR
Week 6 stats: 12 rec., 173 yards, 2 TD
2013 stats: 38 rec., 621 yards, 5 TD

4. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin. Per usual, Borland is making plays sideline to sideline. Clearly, Wisconsin’s new 3-4 scheme isn’t hurting the senior’s production one bit.
Last week: No. 3
Week 6 stats: Bye
2013 stats: 46 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

5. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. Two yards. That’s all that stands between Abdullah and five 100-yard efforts in as many games. In Saturday’s Big Ten opener, Abdullah torched Illinois for a career-high 225 yards.
Last week: NR
Week 6 stats: 20 car., 225 yards, 2 TD; 1 rec., 15 yards
2013 stats: 94 car., 690 yards, 5 TD; 12 rec., 130 yards

Next 5: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State; Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin; Jack Mewhort, T, Ohio State; James Morris, LB, Iowa; Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan.

Dropped out: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State, No. 1, along with Kenny Guiton; Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa, No. 5.

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Glenn on 10/9/2013 @ 12:16pm EDT Said:

No Sudfeld, Latimer, or Coleman…unbelievable bias

Scott on 10/9/2013 @ 12:48pm EDT Said:

LOL Is it the job of your “experts” to drum up interest for everyone except Ohio State? Did the even watch Gordon vs. the Buckeyes? Have they even noticed Carlos Hyde? And Braxton drooped out after NW? Yes, your experts are worth reading, not. Won’t be wasting my time reading this drivel in the future.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 10/9/2013 @ 12:55pm EDT Said:

    Scott – Carlos Hyde has basically played 1.5 games. He’ll be on this list, no doubt, if he plays like he did last Saturday, or as he did last season. Braxton dropped out because he was in there as a product of Kenny Guiton tearing it up early on. I put the OSU QBs there together at No. 1 last week. Braxton hasn’t been that sharp, other than for one game, and Guiton is on the bench.

phpearso on 10/9/2013 @ 3:11pm EDT Said:

Gordon’s YPC was cut in half at Columbus and with some Bucks starters hurt or absent on Defense.

John on 10/10/2013 @ 6:05am EDT Said:

Max Bullough will not have the inflated stats of other linebackers, however he is the MVP of the best D in the BIG. How is a guy suppose to compete statistically when all your defense does is force 3 and outs? You guys are smart and you know what Bullough does as a Defensive QB. He is a unique talent, give him his due.

Matt on 10/10/2013 @ 6:41am EDT Said:

Gordon was held to 4.9 ypc against the Buckeyes, stop trying to play him up against them. Yes, great back, having a great year, just report it correctly.