Saturday marked the beginning of Big Ten conference play and there were a lot of lackluster performances by some of the premiere players in the league; however, a couple of other guys were able to put up huge numbers and lead their teams to a win… Big Ten helmet stickers for Week 6 go to:
Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State – Senior linebacker Mauti had a career day on the road against Illinois Saturday. He was able to intercept two Illini passes and return them for a net of 105 yards. It’s good to see Linebacker U hold its prowess after the passing of former legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern – I thought it’d be impossible for any Northwestern football player to outperform stud running back Venric Mark during a game this season, but, sure enough, Colter was able to do just that. He carried the ball 14 times for 161 yards and four, yes, FOUR!, touchdowns against Indiana. It doesn’t matter how bad your opponent is, that is an impressive feat to accomplish for any quarterback.
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – Miller had arguably his worst game of the year in Spartan Stadium against Michigan State on Saturday, but he still made almost every other quarterback in the Midwest look pedestrian. Urban Meyer’s sophomore protégé and duel-threat quarterback was able to complete 16 passes for 179 yards and carry the ball 23 times for 136 yards. It’ll be amazing to watch Miller after he fully grasps Meyer’s offense down the road.
Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa – If only the Hawkeyes could post a winning record this season, the Weisman for Heisman campaign would actually make sense. Even still, Weisman is an amazing downfield runner, as he was able to gain 177 yards and a touchdown on the ground against Minnesota in Kinnick Stadium. As long as Weisman doesn’t fall to the “Curse of Iowa Running Backs,” he has a legitimate chance at winning the Big Ten offensive player of the year award.