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Big Ten Midseason Report (Part II): Running Backs

Dan BossAnalyst IOctober 9, 2008

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. 19Tyrell 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.YPCTD Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
  4645.35 18 1561
Big Ten Rank 69T4 1 2T3

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
2.No. 24Kory 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.YPCTD Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
  4985.48 17 1390
Big Ten Rank 58T2 2 T3T6

 

    Team Year Height WeightHometown
3.No. 22Evan Royster Penn State Sophomore 6'1" 212Fairfax, 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. 2Marcus 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 Rank12 3 T8 T7 1 T1

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
5.No. 23Javon 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.YPCTD Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 9884.712 7 600
Big Ten Rank1T131 9 9T6

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
6.No. 23Shonn 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. 22Daniel 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 WeightHometown
8.No. 23
DeLeon EskridgeMinnesota 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 Rank10 T18 T4 3 6 T6

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
9.No. 39P.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. 2Sam 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

 

    TeamYearHeightWeightHometown
11.No. 21Stephfon Green Penn StateFreshman5'10"189Bronx, 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. YPCTD Rec. Rec. Yds. TD
  368 6.94 3 21 0
Big Ten Rank 9 4T8 T14 16 T6

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
12.No. 28Chris 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 WeightHometown
13.No. 22Duane BennettMinnesota Sophomore 5'9" 202Fairview 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 Rank17 17 T13 T5 5 T3

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
14.No. 32John 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. YPCTD Rec. Rec. Yds. TD
  260 6.74 0 0 0
Big Ten Rank 14 5T8 T21 T20 T6

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
15.No. 1Daniel 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. 29Omar 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 YearHeightWeightHometown
17.No. 30Zach Brown Wisconsin Sophomore5'11"207Royal 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

 

   TeamYearHeightWeightHometown
18.No. 20Shady SalamonMinnesotaFreshman5'10"185South 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 HeightWeightHometown
19.No. 27Jewel Hampton Iowa Freshman 5'9"200Indianapolis, 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. 5Mikel 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. 27Bryan 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. 22Demetrius 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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