Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 2, 2012
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 4 winners in this post.
OFFENSE: Tom Brady, QB, New England – Down 21-7 early in the third quarter at Buffalo, the former Wolverine QB led the Patriots on seven second-half scoring drives, three of which resulted in touchdown passes (Watch Brady's Week 4 highlights) and another in a rare scoring run (Watch the TD run). For the day, Brady completed 22-of-36 passes for 340 yards and 3 TD, to go along with the rushing score.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans – In a 28-27 loss at Green Bay, Brees completed 35-of-54 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns – his 47th consecutive game with at least one TD pass, tying Johnny Unitas' NFL record (Watch the record-tying TD).
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami – The former Ohio State WR torched Arizona for career highs in receptions (12) and yards (253) in Miami's overtime loss (Watch Hartline's highlights). To little surprise, Hartline's 253 receiving yards set a Miami franchise record.
DEFENSE: Navorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco – Bowman, along with the rest of the San Francisco defense, limited the New York Jets to a meager 145 yards of offense in a 34-0 road shutout. The Penn State product tallied eight tackles and defended one pass.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston – Watt is on this list for the fourth time in as many weeks. The former Badger tallied two more sacks in a 38-14 win over Tennessee, bringing his season total to 7.5. Through a quarter of the season, Watt is on pace for 30 sacks, 7.5 more than the NFL single-season record. And for good measure, he recovered a fumble (Watch the fumble recovery).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Marcus Sherels, PR, Minnesota – Sherels only touched the ball once, on a punt return, but he turned it into six points. The Minnesota product weaved in and out of would-be Detroit tacklers on his way to taking the punt 77 yards to the house (Watch the punt return).
Jay Feely, K, Arizona – Feely nailed a 46-yard field goal in overtime to keep Arizona perfect with a 24-21 victory over Miami (Watch the game-winning FG). The former Wolverine also hit all three extra points.
Alex Henery, K, Philadelphia – Henery scored all but six of Philadelphia's points its 19-17 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. The former Husker was 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 48-yarder (Watch it), and hit his lone extra point.
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|BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.|