Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, October 13, 2015
Six games down, and six games to go. Believe it or not, we've reached the midpoint of the season for Big Ten football teams.
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That being the case, I thought we'd take a look at some of my favorite moments from the first six weeks.
Best moment: Former Iowa defensive back Brett Greenwood serving as honorary captain and leading the Hawkeyes onto the field vs. Pittsburgh in Week 3. Greenwood, who led the Big Ten in interceptions (5) as a senior in 2010, collapsed during a workout in 2011 and was in a coma as a result of an anoxic brain injury caused by heart arrhythmia.
Best run: Michigan RB De'Veon Smith vs. BYU. You know the run. Three weeks later, I'm still not sure how Smith emerged from the mass of players at the line of scrimmage, or how he managed to break a BYU defender's attempt to bring him down like three times en route to the end zone.
Best catch: Michigan WR Amara Darboh vs. BYU. Anytime people use Odell Beckham Jr.'s name to describe a catch, it's something special. No, Darboh's Week 4 one-handed (three-finger?) catch didn't go for a score, as Beckham Jr.'s did, but it was beyond impressive.
Best spin move: Ohio State WR Braxton Miller at Virginia Tech. Moments after the quarterback-turned-receiver hauled in his first touchdown reception in the season opener at Virgina Tech, Miller, lining up in the Wildcat, used a jaw-dropping spin move to score on a 53-yard run.
The Braxton Miller spin move, in three beautiful @USATsportsImage shots. pic.twitter.com/7LqKW1KXdx— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 8, 2015
Best stiff arm: Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks at Purdue. The true freshman running back showed his power on two separate occasions in Week 6, both times knocking Purdue safety Leroy Clark to the ground.
Best kick: Iowa K Marshall Koehn vs. Pittsburgh. A 57-yard game-winning field goal as time expires? Yeah, enough said.
Best block: Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong vs. BYU. This was an all-around highlight, starting with Jordan Westerkamp doing Jordan Westerkamp things and making ridiculous plays. But there's no way Westerkamp gets into the end zone if it wasn't for Tommy Armstrong's block that eliminated three (!) BYU defenders.