Big Ten Midseason Report (Part II): Running Backs

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Big Ten Midseason Report (Part II): Running Backs

Halfway through the season, the Big Ten has backed up its claim of being a rushing conference. Although the power I-formation is nearing an end in the conference and the spread is starting to take over, the running backs have still rushed with success.

This series breaks down each position for the Big Ten teams.  This article is Part II and will focus on the running backs in the conference.  Part I covered the quarterbacks and Part III will cover the receivers.

Here are the Big Ten running backs, ranked by how they have performed so far.  The rankings take into consideration rushing yards, yards per carry, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Only backs with 25 or more rushing attempts are listed.

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
1.  No. 19 Tyrell Sutton  Northwestern  Senior  5'9"  200  Akron, OH

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Tyrell Sutton rushed 17 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-7 win over Southern Illinois.  He also caught five passes for 16 yards.

Stats

   Rush Yds. YPC TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds. TD
   464 5.3 5   18   156 1
Big Ten Rank  6 9 T4   1   2 T3

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
2. No. 24 Kory Sheets  Purdue  Senior  6'0"  206  Manchester, CT

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Kory Sheets rushed for 180 yards on 29 attempts with two touchdowns in a loss to Oregon.  He also caught four passes for 17 yards.

Stats

   Rush Yds. YPC TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds. TD
   498 5.4 8   17   139 0
Big Ten Rank  5 8 T2   2   T3 T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight Hometown
3. No. 22 Evan Royster  Penn State  Sophomore  6'1"  212 Fairfax, VA

 
Highlight

October 4, 2008

Evan Royster had 18 rushing attempts for 141 yards and a touchdown in a 20-6 win at Purdue.  He also caught four balls for 53 yards.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   659  7.8  8   8   88  0
Big Ten Rank  3  2  T2   T7   8  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
4. No. 2 Marcus Thigpen  Indiana  Junior  5'9"  199  Detroit, MI

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Marcus Thigpen rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in a loss to Michigan State.  He also caught two passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Stats

  Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
  279  7.5  4   8   210  2
Big Ten Rank 12  3  T8   T7   1  T1

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
5. No. 23 Javon Ringer  Michigan State  Senior  5'9"  202  Dayton, OH

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Javon Ringer rushed 34 times for 135 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-10 win against Eastern Michigan.  He also had one reception for eight yards.

Stats

  Rush Yds. YPC TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds. TD
  988 4.7 12   7   60 0
Big Ten Rank 1 T13 1   9   9 T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
6. No. 23 Shonn Greene  Iowa  Junior  5'11"  235  Sicklerville, NJ

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Shonn Greene had 21 attempts for 159 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Northwestern.  He also caught one pass for five yards.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   822  6.4  5   5   22  0
Big Ten Rank  2  6  T4   T10   15  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
7. No. 22 Daniel Dufrene  Illinois  Junior  5'11"  201  Fort Lauderdale, FL

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Daniel Dufrene rushed 19 times for 126 yards in a 20-17 win against Louisiana-Lafayette.  He also caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   442  6.0  0   13   139  2
Big Ten Rank  7  7  22   4   T3  T1

 

      Team  Year  Height  Weight Hometown
8. No. 23
DeLeon Eskridge Minnesota  Freshman  5'11"  190

San Francisco, CA

 
Highlight

September 20, 2008

DeLeon Eskridge rushed for 78 yards on 19 attempts with two touchdowns in a blowout win over Florida Atlantic.  He also caught six passes for 61yards.

Stats

  Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
  354  3.8  5   16   123  0
Big Ten Rank 10  T18  T4   3   6  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
9. No. 39 P.J. Hill  Wisconsin  Junior  5'11"  236  East Elmhurst, NY

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

P.J. Hill had 26 rushing attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 win over Akron.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   512  4.7  5   3   38  0
Big Ten Rank  4  13  T4   T14   10  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
10. No. 2 Sam McGuffie  Michigan  Freshman  5'11"  185  Cypress, TX

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Sam McGuffie rushed 25 times for 131 yards in a loss at Notre Dame.  He also caught four passes for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   319  3.8  3   12   97  1
Big Ten Rank  11  T18  T11   T5   7  T3

 

       Team Year Height Weight Hometown
11. No. 21 Stephfon Green  Penn State Freshman 5'10" 189 Bronx, NY

 
Highlight

September 20, 2008

Stephfon Green rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in a blowout win over Temple.  He also had one reception for 17 yards.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   368  6.9 4   3   21  0
Big Ten Rank  9  4 T8   T14   16  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
12. No. 28 Chris Wells  Ohio State  Junior  6'1"  237  Akron, OH

 
Highlight

October 4, 2008

In his second game back from a toe injury, Chris Wells carried the ball 22 times for 168 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 win at Wisconsin.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   385  7.9  2   4   10  0
Big Ten Rank  8  1  T13   13   18  T6

 

      Team  Year  Height  Weight Hometown
13. No. 22 Duane Bennett Minnesota  Sophomore  5'9"  202 Fairview Heights, IL

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Duane Bennett rushed 18 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-27 win over Northern Illinois.  He also caught four passes for 25 yards.

Stats

  Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
  140  4.4  2   12   125  1
Big Ten Rank 17  17  T13   T5   5  T3

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
14. No. 32 John Clay  Wisconsin  Freshman  6'2"  237  Racine, WI

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

John Clay had 11 rushing attempts for 54 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over Marshall.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   260  6.7 4   0   0  0
Big Ten Rank  14  5 T8   T21   T20  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
15. No. 1 Daniel Herron  Ohio State  Freshman  5'10"  193  Warren, OH

 
Highlight

September 20, 2008

Daniel Herron rushed 20 times for 94 yards in a 28-10 win against Troy.

Stats:

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   262  4.5  1   5   10  0
Big Ten Rank  13  T15  T18   T10   13  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
16. No. 29 Omar Conteh  Northwestern  Senior  6'0"  205  Cypress, TX

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Omar Conteh rushed 12 times for 71 yards in a 30-10 win over Syracuse.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   136  3.2  2   5   32  0
Big Ten Rank  T18  22  T13   T10   12  T6

 

       Team  Year Height Weight Hometown
17. No. 30 Zach Brown  Wisconsin  Sophomore 5'11" 207 Royal Palm, FL

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Zach Brown rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in a blowout win over Akron.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   174  5.1  2   1   7  0
Big Ten Rank  15  T10  T13   T19   19  T6

 

      Team Year Height Weight Hometown
18. No. 20 Shady Salamon Minnesota Freshman 5'10" 185 South St. Paul, MN

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Shady Salamon rushed 12 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in a win at Bowling Green.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   136  4.9  3   1   13  0
Big Ten Rank  T18  12  T11   T19   17  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height Weight Hometown
19. No. 27 Jewel Hampton  Iowa  Freshman  5'9" 200 Indianapolis, IN

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Jewel Hampton rushed nine times for 68 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over Maine.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   154  5.1  2   0   0  0
Big Ten Rank  16  T10  T13   T21   T20  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
20. No. 5 Mikel LeShoure  Illinois  Freshman  6'0"  240  Champaign, IL

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Mikel LeShoure had 10 rushing attempts for 49 yards in a 47-21 win over Eastern Illinois.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   95  3.8  1   3   35  0
Big Ten Rank  22  T18  T18   T14   11  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
21. No. 27 Bryan Payton  Indiana  Junior  5'9"  205  Fort Wayne, IN

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Bryan Payton rushed nine times for 57 yards in a 31-13 win against Western Kentucky.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   133  3.6  1   2   23  0
Big Ten Rank  21  21  T18   T17   14  T6

 

       Team  Year  Height  Weight  Hometown
22. No. 22 Demetrius McCray  Indiana  Junior  5'11"  200  Brandon, FL

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Demetrius McCray rushed eight times for 47 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over Murray State.

Stats

   Rush Yds.  YPC  TD   Rec.   Rec. Yds.  TD
   134  4.5  1   2   -1  0
Big Ten Rank  20  T15  T18   T17   22  T6

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