Big Names in the Big 10

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Big 10 Leaders

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It’s only two weeks into the season and no Big 10 team has played a conference game yet. Most of the teams in the Big 10 haven’t yet played a road game. Still, after just two weeks of football, some of the players in the Big 10 have started to separate themselves from the crowd.

Two games absolutely do not make a season, but it’s hard to have a team or conference MVP season if you take the first two games of the season off. While non-conference games do not count in the conference standings, to have a shot to be No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS poll, you need to win all your games.

Players that produce well in the non-conference games are setting themselves and their teams up for success in the Big 10 games. Some statistics leaders in the Big 10 are among leaders in those same statistics on a national level as well.

As you begin to take notice of whom in the Big 10 could be impact players as the season unfolds, players who lead the conference in significant statistical categories through these first two weeks should be on your shortlist. Odds are that if they stay healthy, they will continue producing for their teams.

Much could change by the time the conference games start, and certainly by season’s end. But for now, five players are leading the Big 10 in the important statistical categories of passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, tackles and interceptions.

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5. Passing Yards

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Illinois senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase leads the Big 10 with 782 passing yards.

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4. Rushing Yards

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Wisconsin sophomore Melvin Gordon leads the Big 10 with 284 rushing yards.

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3. Receiving Yards

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Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson leads the Big 10 with 262 receiving yards.

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2. Tackles

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Illinois senior linebacker Jonathan Brown leads the Big 10 with 23 tackles.

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1. Interceptions

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Nebraska senior defensive back Ciante Evans leads the Big 10 with three interceptions.

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