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Big Ten Standouts: 6 Players Dominating College Football

  • Ryan Fowler
  • September 27, 2022
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Now four weeks into the college football campaign, enough of a sample size has been provided as to who’s stood out amongst the rest. In this mini-series, I’ll be diving into six standouts (three on offense,  three on defense) for each of the Power Five conferences a month into the regular season. Next up, it’s all about the Big Ten.

OFFENSE

C.J. Stroud QB, Ohio State

One of the favorites for the Heisman trophy as we approach October, Stroud has been nothing short of spectacular. His numbers jump off the page (16 touchdowns, one interception) but his leadership and fine-tuned skill set in the pocket have stood out through four weeks. Projected as a top-three pick next spring, he’s as household a name that you’ll find in college football and a talent that could very easily lead the Buckeyes to a national title when things are all set and done.

Blake Corum RB, Michigan

The running mate to Hassan Haskins last fall, Corum has taken hold of the Wolverines’ offense by the neck, and, literally, run with it. 478 yards via 64 attempts (7.5 YPC) and nine touchdowns through four games only tell a part of the story. With five touchdowns on the ground against UConn and a two-touchdown, 243-yard day against Maryland, Corum has been unstoppable through the first month of the campaign. That should continue with questions under center in Ann Arbor.

Charlie Jones WR, Purdue

WHO? Yeah, get to know the name. While the Boilermakers won’t be considered by anyone to challenge for a Big Ten title this year, the Iowa transfer in Jones has been an awfully nice surprise for head coach Jeff Brohm. The 6-foot senior ranks in the top three among all college wideouts in receiving yards (533) and leads the nation in receptions (41) and touchdowns (7) through four weeks. It’s not like he’s just dominated against lower-level competition, either. He had 12 catches for 153 yards and a score against Penn State and 11 receptions for 188 yards and a touchdown against the undefeated Syracuse Orange. Jones has been fantastic. Oh, and he’s a low 4.3 runner in the 40. Sign me up.

DEFENSE

Jacoby Windmon EDGE, Michigan State

A UNLV transfer, Windmon has been impressive, totaling 5.5 sacks early in his senior campaign. of college football. While he’ll need to get it going against better competition in Big Ten conference play after recording four sacks against Western Michigan, he’s a well-built prospect with a refined bag of traits off the edge. He’ll need to gain mass if he wants to stay at 5-tech on Sundays, but he’s been everything Spartans head coach Mel Tucker thought he’d be coming over from Las Vegas. 

Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State

A long, physical corner, turn on his tape against Purdue and enjoy. Although the Boilermakers’ top wideout in Jones (see above) burned the Nittany Lions’ secondary as a whole, Porter Jr.’s side was kept clean. The son of former NFL linebacker Joey Porter Sr., Penn State’s top perimeter stalwart has looked every bit of the part of a potential day-one pick.

Devon Witherspoon CB, Illinois

The leader among all Power Five conferences in pass breakups and interceptions combined (8), the 6-foot-1 junior has been a tall task for opposing wideouts to win against early this year. A versatile defender that has lined up both on the outside, and at nickel, he’s been a bright spot for the Illini defense this year. He also can do this.

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