Big Ten Rushing: Locals Shining

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One doesn’t have to look far on Saturday afternoons to locate a local player excelling in a big time college football game. In the Big Ten alone, there are four such running backs that have led their team or are second in rushing.

Michigan’s De’Veon Smith (Howland) has gained 331 yards on 69 carries so far for an average of 4.8 yards per attempt (4 TDs). Smith has caught 4 passes for 35 yards and a score. He is second on the team in scoring (32). In East Lansing, true freshman L.J. Scott (Hubbard) has given the Spartans a jolt as he’s gained 6.2 yards per carry – which ranks 4th in the Big Ten – (61 attempts, 376 yards, 4 TDs) as he has led Michigan State in rushing through the early part of the season.

LeShun Daniels Jr. (Harding) ranks second with 226 yards rushing (4.3 ypc) for the Boilermakers. Indiana’s sophomore Devine Redding is the Hoosiers’ second leading rusher as he’s compiled 282 yards on the ground while scoring 5 touchdowns. Redding, who attended Mineral Ridge and Glenville, is also second on the team with 30 points.

Big Ten Rushing Leaders
1.Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) – 729
2.Jordan Howard (Indiana) – 709
3.Justin Jackson (Northwestern) – 636
4.Jordan Canzeri (Iowa) – 441
5.Terrell Newby (Nebraska) – 414
6.Markell Jones (Purdue) – 405
7.Brandon Ross (Maryland) – 402
8.Rodney Smith (Minnesota) – 395
9.Josh Ferguson (Illinois) – 381
10.L.J. Scott (Michigan State) – 376
15.De’Veon Smith (Michigan) – 331
18.Devine Redding (Indiana) – 282
22.LeShun Daniels, Jr (Purdue) – 226

Locals in the Big Ten
Devine Redding (SO/RB, Mineral Ridge)
James Daniels (FR/OL, Harding)
LeShun Daniels, Jr. (JR/RB, Harding)
De’Veon Smith (JR/RB, Howland)
Michigan State
L.J. Scott (FR/RB, Hubbard)
Ohio State
Billy Price (SO/OL, Fitch)
Trevon Forte (SO/CB, Mooney)
Malik Hooker (FR/S, New Castle)
Patrick Wise (SO/RB, Harding)
Penn State
Jordan Wombacher (FR/K-P, Hickory)

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