They may have less Twitter followers than Braxton Miller or Denard Robinson, but several of the Big Ten conference's lesser-known players are quietly emerging as stars in 2012.
If you're a fan of a Big Ten school, my guess is you're already aware who a couple of these players are.
Take Northwestern running back Venric Mark, for example. The junior ball-carrier with just 164 rushing yards to his name heading into this season broke out in a big way, becoming the Wildcats' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2006 in addition to leading the team with 12 total touchdowns.
That's with a quarter of the 2012 season yet to be played.
Mark is far from the conference's only breakout player, though. The following slides will power rank the 10 biggest surprise stars of Big Ten football thus far in the season.
Note: All player statistics were collected from the official website of the Big Ten Conference.