What player is most deserving of the Big Ten offensive player of the week honors coming out of the IU-Illinois game?
When both teams put up more than 600 yards of offense, the one thing you can be certain of is that there will be several candidates.
IU running back Tevin Coleman
Coleman ran for a career-best 215 yards on 15 carries before spraining his ankle midway through the fourth quarter and not returning to the game. Coleman had touchdown runs in the game of 64 and 75 yards.
IU wide receiver Cody Latimer
Latimer had a career-high 11 catches for a career-best 189 yards and three touchdowns. One ofhis touchdowns was a 50 yard pass from Nate Sudfeld and another was from 41 yards out.
Illinois wide receiver Steve Hull
Hull had nine catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns for the Illini. He had a long gain of 60 yards on his first quarter touchdown and he had a 54 yard TD catch in the second quarter.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase
Scheelhaase completed 38-of-57 passes for 450 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 45 yards and a 14 yard TD scamper.
IU running back Stephen Houston
Houston ran for 150 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns of his own. He had a long gain of 40 yards and averaged 8.8 yards per carry.
IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld
Sudfeld had average numbers by these standards but he still completed 20-of-27 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, all to Latimer. He now has 19 touchdown passes this season.
And this is just from one game. This isn't taking into account all the other superlative efforts in the Big Ten from Saturday's action.
So who would get your vote if it could only be one player and not a co-offensive player of the week?
Well, first of all I think the two Illinois players get eliminated from the conversation simply because their team didn't win. Often times, Big Ten awards are only given to players on winning teams. It would take an amazing performance to make an exception.
So in my opinion it comes down to Coleman or Latimer. And you could really go either way.
Myself, I would go with Coleman only because Indiana has never been known for it's rushing attack and Coleman is having a big time season. He needs 42 yards next week to become the first Indiana player since Levron Williams in 2001 to surpass 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
But I just think a 200-yard plus rushing effort stands out a little bit more than a big receiving mark especially with as good of a passer as Sudfeld has been this season. This doesn't mean that Latimer should be penalized for that but rather when stacked up against the statistics of a player like Coleman is this case, I just think Coleman gets the nod.
Agree? Disagree? I'll post this on the forum and you can weigh in there.
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