- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's time to recognize the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 2.
I'm limited to five choices, which weren't easy given all the great performances around the league.
Michigan QB Denard Robinson: What else is left to say? Robinson has been the most dynamic player in college football through the first two weeks. After a tremendous Week 1 performance, he outdid himself at Notre Dame with 502 yards of total offense in a 28-24 win. His broke his own team record for quarterback rushing set a week ago and put up the fifth-highest rushing total (258 yards) for any Michigan player. Oh, yeah, and he scored the game-winning touchdown with 27 ticks left. I'm leaving my shoes untied. How about you?
Iowa RB Adam Robinson: Robinson might have heard the footsteps behind him as Jewel Hampton returned to the field for the first time since 2008. So how did A-Rob react? He ran away from Hampton and Iowa State defenders en route to another huge performance (career-high 156 rushing yards, 1 TD) and a 35-7 win. Hampton might eventually become Iowa's top back, but Robinson is showing no signs of relinquishing the starting spot.
Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa: Jacory Harris will have nightmares about Chekwa after the senior cornerback recorded two interceptions in Saturday's 36-24 victory at Ohio Stadium. Chekwa, who had only one pick all of last season, added six tackles, including one for loss.
Michigan State RB Edwin Baker: Like Adam Robinson, Baker is making an excellent case to be his team's starting running back. He followed a strong season debut with a 15-carry, 183-yard performance Saturday in a 30-17 win over Florida Atlantic that included an 80-yard touchdown scamper. Baker deserves the sticker, but he should let kicker Dan Conroy pose with it after Conroy kicked three field goals of longer than 40 yards.
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: After committing four turnovers in his collegiate debut, Scheelhaase responded in a big way Saturday night in a 35-3 win over Southern Illinois. He was extremely efficient, completing 14 of 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Most important, he had no interceptions. Scheelhaase shares the sticker with running back Mikel LeShoure (115 rush yards, 2 TDs) and receiver A.J. Jenkins (114 receiving yards, TD).
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest around the Big Ten in Week 2.I'm limited to five choices, which weren't easy given all the great performances around the league.