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Big Ten Midseason Report (Part III): Receivers

Dan BossAnalyst IOctober 10, 2008

The season is half over, but a few receivers from the Big Ten have already separated themselves from the pack. The Penn State trio may be the best receiving corp in the conference, but neither of them are the best receiver so far.

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

Here are the Big Ten receivers, ranked by how they have performed so far.  The rankings take into consideration receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Only receivers with 10 or more receptions are listed.

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
1. No. 7Eric Decker Minnesota Junior 6'2" 215 Cold Spring, MN

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Eric Decker caught nine passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 35-23 win over Montana State.  He also rushed three times for 26 yards.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 50 6964
Big Ten Rank1 1T1

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
2. No. 6Desmond Tardy Purdue Senior 6'1" 199 Indianapolis, IN

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Desmond Tardy had 10 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown in a loss at Notre Dame.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 25 3932
Big Ten RankT3 3T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
3. No. 9Arrelious Benn Illinois Sophomore 6'2" 214 Washington, DC

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Arrelious Benn caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a loss at Penn State.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 25 3822
Big Ten RankT3 4T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
4. No. 2Mark Dell Michigan State Sophomore 6'2" 188 Farmington Hills, MI

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Mark Dell caught nine balls for 202 yards and a touchdown in a loss at California.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 20 4432
Big Ten RankT9 2T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
5. No. 80Andy Brodell Iowa Senior 6'3" 202 Ankeny, IA

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Andy Brodell had eight receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Northwestern.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 20 2782
Big Ten RankT9 T8T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
6. No. 21Greg Orton Purdue Senior 6'3" 199 Dayton, OH

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Greg Orton caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win against Northern Colorado.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 30 3301
Big Ten Rank2 5T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
7. No. 24Jordan Norwood Penn State Senior 5'11" 171 State College, PA

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Jordan Norwood caught five passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win at Syracuse.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 18 3184
Big Ten RankT16 6T1

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
8. No. 3Deon Butler Penn State Senior 5'10" 168 Fairfax, VA

 
Highlight

September 13, 2008

Deon Butler caught seven balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win at Syracuse.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 19 3112
Big Ten RankT11 7T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
9. No. 80Brian Robiskie Ohio State Senior 6'3" 199 Cleveland, OH

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Brian Robiskie caught eight passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-21 win over Minnesota.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 22 2134
Big Ten RankT6 20T1

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
10. No. 10Eric Peterman Northwestern Senior 6'1" 200 Sherman, IL

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Eric Peterman caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-17 win at Iowa.  He also rushed one time for 15 yards.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 19 2422
Big Ten RankT11 12T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
11. No. 15Derrell Johnson-Koulianos Iowa Sophomore 6'1" 205 Campbell, OH

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had three receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over Florida International.  He also rushed one time for six yards.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 21 2741
Big Ten Rank8 10T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
12. No. 8Rasheed Ward Northwestern Senior 5'11" 180 Chicago, IL

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Rasheed Ward caught 10 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 22-17 win at Iowa.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 22 2331
Big Ten RankT6 15T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
13. No. 2Derrick Williams Penn State Senior 6'0" 194 Washington, DC

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Derrick Williams had six receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in a 38-24 win against Illinois..  He also rushed six times for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 19 2401
Big Ten RankT11 13T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
14. No. 9Martavious Odoms Michigan Freshman 5'9" 171 Pahokee, FL

 
Highlight

October 4, 2008

Martavious Odoms caught seven passes for 129 yards in a loss to Illinois.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 23 2530
Big Ten Rank5 11T25

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
15. No. 83Brandon Myers Iowa Senior 6'4" 250 Prairie City, IA

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Brandon Myers had three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over Florida International.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 16 2022
Big Ten RankT19 21T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
16. No. 9Brian Hartline Ohio State Junior 6'2" 186 North Canton, OH

 
Highlight

September 20, 2008

Brian Hartline caught two balls for 55 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-10 win against Troy.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 13 2262
Big Ten Rank25 16T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
17. No. 8Keith Smith Purdue Junior 6'2" 226 Fort Hood, TX

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Keith Smith had six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win over Northern Colorado.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 19 1981
Big Ten RankT11 22T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
18. No. 13Will Judson Illinois Senior 5'8" 163 Miami, FL

 
Highlight

August 30, 2008

Will Judson caught five passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in a loss at Missouri.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 11 2232
Big Ten RankT29 17T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
19. No. 13Greg Mathews Michigan Junior 6'3" 207 Honolulu, HI

 
Highlight

October 4, 2008

Greg Mathews had four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Illinois.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 15 2211
Big Ten RankT21 18T15

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
20. No. 3B.J. Cunningham Michigan State Freshman 6'2" 205 Westerville, OH

 
Highlight

October 4, 2008

B.J. Cunningham had four receptions for 76 yards in a 16-13 win against Iowa.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 15 2780
Big Ten RankT21 T8T25

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
21. No. 7Ray Fisher Indiana Junior 5'9" 172 Cleveland, OH

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Ray Fisher caught seven balls for 43 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Michigan State.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 18 1112
Big Ten RankT16 34T5

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
22. No. 9Ross Lane Northwestern Senior 6'3" 190 Ft. Myers, FL

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

Ross Lane had six receptions for 66 yards in a 22-17 win at Iowa.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 19 2190
Big Ten RankT11 19T25

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
23. No. 13Andrew Means Indiana Junior 6'0" 215 Avon Lake, OH

 
Highlight

September 20, 2008

Andrew Means caught four passes for 103 yards in a loss to Ball State.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 17 2360
Big Ten Rank18 14T25

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
24. No. 89Garrett Graham Wisconsin Junior 6'4" 237 Brick, NJ

 
Highlight

September 6, 2008

Garrett Graham had four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in a blowout win against Marshall.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 11 1543
Big Ten RankT29 274

 

    Team Year Height Weight Hometown
25. No. 85David Gilreath Wisconsin Sophomore 5'11" 165 New Hope, MN

 
Highlight

September 27, 2008

David Gilreath had five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown in a loss at Michigan.

Stats

 Rec. Rec. Yds.TD
 14 1671
Big Ten Rank24 25T15

 

Honorable Mention:

Michael Hoomanawuni, Illinois
Demarlo Belcher, Indiana
Jack Simmons, Minnesota
Ben Kuznia, Minnesota
Ray Small, Ohio State
Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin
Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
Terrance Turner, Indiana
Blair White, Michigan State
Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State
Brandon Whittington, Purdue

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