- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 9 in the Big Ten. Running backs carried the day on Saturday.
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: The redshirt freshman is growing up fast. Scheelhaase did it all for Illinois in a 44-10 win over Purdue, completing 16 of 20 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He added 118 rush yards on 21 carries. Scheelhaase posted career highs in five categories: total offense (313 yards), touchdown passes, rush yards, completion percentage (80 percent) and quarterback rating (227.9).
Penn State RB Evan Royster and QB Matt McGloin: Penn State fans expected a lot from one and not much from the other, but they both stepped up as the Nittany Lions' offense surged against Michigan in a 41-31 victory. Royster became Penn State's all-time leading rusher and recorded his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season, racking up 150 rush yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 29 carries. McGloin was brilliant in his first career start at quarterback, completing 17 of 28 passes for 250 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He's a confident kid and he showed it.
Iowa RB Adam Robinson: He didn't have the flashy play like Tyler Sash or the big numbers like Ricky Stanzi, but Robinson looked like the most impressive player on the field for much of Saturday's 37-6 blowout win against No. 5 Michigan State. He rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, recorded his first career touchdown reception and made a huge block to spring Stanzi on a 26-yard run. Robinson showed incredible toughness in taking on contact all game.
Northwestern RB Mike Trumpy: The redshirt freshman became the first Northwestern player to eclipse 100 rushing yards since Tyrell Sutton in the 2008 Alamo Bowl, a span of 21 games. Trumpy recorded career highs in rushing (110 yards), receiving (54 yards) and all-purpose yards (164) in Northwestern's 20-17 win at Indiana. The Wildcats might have finally found an answer in the backfield.
Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa: The Buckeyes had plenty of offensive stars Saturday night in a 52-10 win over Minnesota, but I'm going to give some love to a defensive guy. Chekwa recorded his third interception of the season in the second quarter and also recorded a sack and a forced fumble that teammate John Simon recovered and returned for a touchdown. He shares the sticker with running back Dan Herron, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and receiver DeVier Posey.
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