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Big Ten Week 3 Heroes

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Finally, out-of-conference games are over. Let the real season begin!

It’s been an interesting mix over the past three weeks for the Big Ten. Some teams were smarter and decided to schedule a beating of the cupcake teams. Others have chosen opponents with more authority, and the results have been mixed. While the bulk of the season has yet to be played, we have already seen some new stars emerge and the strength of a returning group of Big Ten leaders.

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It can be difficult to cut the list down to five with so many fantastic performances in the last week of play. Just because your favorite player didn’t make the list doesn’t mean they weren’t incredible. There were just other great candidates.

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Here are five Big Ten superstars who made big statements in their matches in Week 3.

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C.J. Stroud, Ohio state quarterback

September 16, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) walks past during a game in Toledo. Mandatory indication: Doral Chenoweth/Columbus Dispatch
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Another week in the CJ Stroud Heisman investigation. The junior quarterback has run flawlessly in three games this year, with 11 touchdowns without an interception. He didn’t put up high numbers against Our lady in the first week, but looked the same last week.

Unfortunately for Toledo, Stroud made the announcement last week. Five touchdowns and 367 yards on just 27 throws, that’s amazing. Ohio the quarterback was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

G’Ayir Brown, Penn State Safe

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The senior guard did a little bit of everything for Nittany Lions in their victory over Auburn. He counted five tackles (four solos), a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in the win. Brown was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Mo Ibrahim, Running Back, Minnesota

September 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim, 24, celebrates a touchdown against the Colorado Buffalos in the second quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

If anyone doubted that Mo Ibrahim would be able to return to form after an injury at the end of the season, then after three weeks they look silly. Ibrahim is tied for second in the Big Ten with Nebraska’s Anthony Grant, who, of note, played an extra game over Ibrahim. He shares the conference lead in rushing touchdowns with seven.

It was another masterful performance by the senior quarterback against Colorado, earning the fourth 200-yard performance of his career. He also found the end zone three times.

Charlie Jones, Wide Receiver Purdue

Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Charlie Jones (15) catches a touchdown pass during an NCAA football game against the Indiana State Sycamores on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Ross Ad Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. Perdue won 56-0.
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Raise your hand if Charlie Jones led the Big Ten in virtually every receiving metric for three weeks?

Former Iowa The return and return specialist now leads the conference in receiving (32), receiving yards (474) and receiving touchdowns (5). He has over 100 yards more than second-place Marvin Harrison Jr.

He had his best game against Syracuse, gaining 188 yards and a touchdown after 11 catches.

Abdul Carter, linebacker for Penn State

Auburn quarterback Robbie Ashford (9) is fired by Penn State linebacker Abdul Carter (11) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 17, 2022 in Auburn, Alabama. (AP Photo / Butch Dill)

How does Penn State keep releasing these animals for protection? Freshman Abdul Carter played a key role in Penn State’s crushing victory over the Tigers by doing a little bit of everything. Carter led the Nittany Lions with six solo tackles. He also added a sack, a forced fumble as well as a pass deflection.

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