- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's time to recognize the best and brightest around the Big Ten in Week 6.
Here w e go ...
Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde: On a night where quarterback Braxton Miller nearly was benched for shaky play, Hyde stepped up in the second half as Ohio State rallied for its 18th consecutive win. Hyde had a career-high 168 rush yards and three touchdowns, all in the second half. He also had a career-high 38 receiving yards on four receptions as the Buckeyes survived in Evanston.
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: Freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. looked good against Illinois, but he had plenty of help from his veteran backfield mate. Abdullah had a career-high 225 rush yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, the highest rushing total for a Nebraska player since the 2010 season.
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard: The sticker could go to the entire Spartan Dawgs defense, as Michigan State shut down Mark Weisman and Iowa's run game and blanked the Hawkeyes in the second half at Kinnick Stadium. But Dennard showed why he's one of the nation's best cornerbacks with two interceptions and a team-high eight tackles. It marked Dennard's third multi-interception game of his career.
Indiana WR Cody Latimer: After a slow start to the season, Latimer is emerging for the high-powered Hoosiers offense. He had career highs in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (140), and recorded his third consecutive 100-yard receiving performance, the first Indiana player to do so since James Hardy in 2005. Latimer also made a mark on special teams, recovering a fumble in the win against Penn State.
Michigan TE Devin Funchess: The sophomore tight end had a breakout performance against Minnesota, recording career highs in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (151). He also hauled in a touchdown catch and recorded the second 100-yard receiving performance of his career.
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