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College Football Week 2: Eckrich Big Ten Team of the Week

The Week 2 Eckrich Big Ten Team of the Week powered by PFF saw some impressive performances, and after our team of over 500 analysts graded every single player on every single play of every game, we give you the top players from the weekend.

Quarterback

Jack Coan, Wisconsin

Coan had an incredibly strong performance against Central Michigan, showcasing perhaps just why he has kept highly-recruited Graham Mertz on the bench as he completed 78.8% of his passes for 363 yards and averaged 11.0 yards per attempt. He unleashed two big-time throws and finished with the conference's best adjusted completion percentage on the afternoon.

Second-Team QB: Elijah Sindelar, Purdue

Running Back

Elijah Collins, Michigan State

Finishing with the conference lead in rushing yards, Collins needed just 17 carries to reach 192 on the ground with 115 of them coming after contact. He broke four missed tackles and averaged 6.76 yards after contact per attempt.

Second-Team RB: J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

Running Back

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Taylor reached 100 yards for the second time this season and 22nd time in his career (in 27 games). What separates the 2019 season from years past is his receiving skill that has developed, churning out three receptions and another touchdown, giving him three receiving scores this year.

Second-Team RB: Zach Charbonnet, Michigan

Wide Receiver

Rondale Moore, Purdue

The Purdue offense may as well be called ‘The Rondale Moore Show' as he saw 18 targets to lead not only the Big Ten but the country among receivers. He turned those into 13 receptions, 220 yards, 134 yards after the catch and the nation's most elusive receiver broke three missed tackles against Vanderbilt.

Second-Team WR: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

Wide Receiver

Darrell Stewart Jr., Michigan State

Stewart ripped off 10 receptions on 13 targets for 185 yards and a score. He gained 72 of his yards after the catch and nine of his 10 catches resulted in either a first down or six points.

Second-Team WR: Whop Philyor, Indiana

Wide Receiver

Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin

Cephus' offseason troubles aside, he was dominant against CMU, securing six catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 8.2 yards after the catch per reception and moved the chains on three of his receptions for a first down.

Second-Team WR: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

Tight End

Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

Across the country, tight ends were rarely used in Week 2, except for the Big Ten where Freiermuth saw nine targets and brought in eight catches. His 99 yards saw him gain 50 after the catch and secured two touchdowns and two first-down receptions.

Second-Team TE: Peyton Hendershot, Indiana

Offensive Tackle

Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Showcasing what makes him such an intriguing and top-notch draft prospect, Wirfs finished the afternoon against Rutgers by allowing a single QB hurry on 36 pass-blocking snaps and the conference's top run-blocking grade to boot.

Second-Team OT: Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Offensive Guard

Michael Onwenu, Michigan

Michigan's offensive line handled their business against a stout Army defensive line and Onwenu was the star. On 40 pass-blocking snaps, he kept a clean sheet while finishing with an elite run-blocking grade.

Second-Team OG: Trent Hixson, Nebraska

Center

Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

On 36 snaps in pass protection, Linderbaum didn't allow a single pressure while finishing the weekend with the conference's highest run-blocking grade among centers.

Second-Team C: Doug Kramer, Illinois

Offensive Guard

Sean Christie, Maryland

Maryland's Christie was dominant in the run game for the Terrapins as they ran all over Syracuse. He also allowed just one pressure on his 32 snaps in pass protection as well.

Second-Team OG: Terrance Davis, Maryland

Offensive Tackle

Alex Palczewski, Illinois

Illinois got a strong performance from their long-time tackle who has already logged well over 1,600 snaps along the offensive line for the Illini. On Saturday, he allowed just one hurry on 42 pass-blocking snaps and was solid in the run game as well.

Second-Team OT: Daniel Faalele, Minnesota

Edge Defender

Chase Young, Ohio State

Young's afternoon was catapulted by an impressive field goal block and he finished the day with four pressures including a sack. He made an additional run stop and several more wins in the pass-rush game without pressure recorded due to a quick pass.

Second-Team Edge: Oluwolu Betiku Jr., Illinois

Edge Defender

Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Hutchinson's sack in overtime ultimately won the game for the Wolverines against Army but he had a strong overall game all four-plus quarters. He finishes with eight total tackles, three defensive stops and not a single missed tackle.

Second-Team Edge: Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

Defensive Interior

Giovanni Reviere, Purdue

The Boilermakers got a strong performance from Reviere on the pass-rush, finishing the game with six total pressures including a sack. He recorded five more hurries from the interior of the line as he was a force all game long.

Second-Team DI: Carlo Kemp, Michigan

Defensive Interior

Robert Windsor, Penn State

Leading the way on defense for Penn State's front-four, Windsor's all-around performance was terrific as he registered three pressures, four defensive stops and six total tackles without a missed attempt.

Second-Team DI: PJ Mustipher, Penn State

Linebacker

Dele Harding, Illinois

Harding had six solo tackles on the afternoon for Illinois, all six of which went down as defensive stops as he flew to the ball like a missile. He tallied 10 total tackles on the afternoon and did so without missing any.

Second-Team LB: Micah McFadden, Indiana

Linebacker

Baron Browning, Ohio State

Browning saw extensive action in the game against Cincinnati, registering three hurries on eight blitzes. He recorded three defensive stops, one in coverage as he was targeted just once and allowed a mere three yards in the passing game.

Second-Team LB: Tyriq Thompson, Michigan State

Cornerback

Shaun Wade, Ohio State

On five targeted passes against Cincinnati, Wade allowed just one reception for 14 yards and had two pass breakups. Impressively, he rushed the passer on two blitzes from his cornerback spot and got home with a sack to round out his day.

Second-Team CB: Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State

Cornerback

John Reid, Penn State

Reid's pick-six spurned the Nittany Lions' dominant second half against Buffalo as he finished the game with a 20.1 passer rating allowed on six targets into his coverage. He also recorded a QB hurry on his lone blitz and had two defensive stops.

Second-Team CB: Josh Butler, Michigan State

Safety

Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota

Winfield made his way to the National Team of the Week with his strong performance that saw him get home with two pressures on his two blitzes including a sack as well as intercepting one of the two passes targeted his way. It was an all-around strong game from the Gophers secondary and Winfield was the star.

Second-Team S: Marquel Dismuke, Nebraska

Safety

Josh Metellus, Michigan

Metellus was extremely strong in run defense against Army's option attack as he came down with three defensive stops. In coverage as well, he was targeted twice on the seven snaps he played against Army's passing attack, not allowing either to be caught.

Second-Team S: Xavier Henderson, Michigan State

Flex

Michael Ojemudia, Iowa

The Hawkeyes got a strong performance from Ojemudia as he was targeted four times in coverage and didn't allow a reception. He nabbed an interception and a pass breakup to boot as he was extremely strong in coverage all game long.

Second-Team Flex: Jordan Mosley, Maryland

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