Sunday, October 2, 2011
Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 5
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 5 in the Big Ten:
- Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins: Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had a big day, too, but Jenkins was by far his favorite weapon. The senior had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards and three touchdowns in a wild, 38-35 win over Northwestern.
- Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson: He's baaack. After a one-week absence, Wilson returns to the helmet stickers after a scintillating performance against No. 8 Nebraska. The senior completed 14 of 20 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as Wisconsin humbled the Huskers 48-17. Badgers RB Montee Ball (151 rush yards, 4 TDs) merits a mention here.
- Michigan RB Vincent Smith: Smith did a little bit of everything for the Wolverines in the first half against Minnesota. He ran for a touchdown, grabbed a touchdown reception and even threw one on a halfback pass as the Wolverines rolled to a 58-0 victory. Smith became the first FBS running back to record rushing, passing and receiving touchdowns in the same game since Clemson's C.J. Spiller in 2009.
- Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase: Scheelhaase rallied Illinois from deficits of 28-10 and 35-31 to preserve his team's perfect record. The sophomore completed 21 of 32 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns, setting career highs for completions, attempts and passing yards. He also rushed for the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left.
- Michigan State DE William Gholston: Gholston's numbers (five tackles, three for loss, one sack and one pass breakup) don't really tell the tale of just how disruptive he was. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio called the sophomore "dominant." Gholston was a key contributor in a defensive effort that piled up nine sacks and kept Ohio State scoreless until the final 10 seconds.