With 233 former Big Ten standouts on the opening day rosters of National Football League (NFL) teams, conference student-athletes have a major impact on the road to the Super Bowl. Every Wednesday, the Big Ten football blog will highlight the top conference performers in the previous week of NFL action. Below is the list of top performers from the previous week.
Marion Barber, RB, Dallas (Minnesota): Rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, also catching two passes for 31 yards, in the Cowboys' 33-31 loss to the New York Giants Sunday night.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue): Passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 25-34 passing to lead the Saints in victory against the Eagles, 48-22.
Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa): Caught seven passes for 183 yards and a touchdown to help the Colts to a 27-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins Monday night.
Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco (Oho State): Made six tackles and deflected four passes in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State): Passed for 216 yards and two touchdowns and completed 21 of his 33 passes in the Titans' 34-31 loss to Houston.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (Wisconsin): Had six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown to help Houston record a 34-31 victory over Tennessee.
Kellen Davis, TE, Chicago (Michigan State): Had five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown to help the Bears defeat the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14.
Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota (Purdue): Had eight tackles to go along with a sack as the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 27-13.
Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo (Wisconsin): Had one catch for 32 yards, but it was a touchdown reception that helped the Bills to a 33-20 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jay Feely, K, New York Jets (Michigan): Was 3 for 3 in field goals and accounted for 10 points in the Jets' 16-9 win over New England on Sunday.
Larry Foote, LB, Detroit (Michigan): Recorded 10 tackles and had a sack for the Lions in their 27-13 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
Robbie Gould, K, Chicago (Penn State): Kicked the game-winning 44-yard field goal in the Bears' 17-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota (Iowa): Had four tackles and two interceptions as the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions, 27-13.
James Hall, DE, St. Louis (Michigan): Made three tackles and also recorded a sack in the Rams' 9-7 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Nate Kaeding, K, San Diego (Iowa): Converted on all four of his field goal attempts and accounted for 14 of the Chargers 26 points in their 31-26 loss to Baltimore.
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue): Caught three passes for 22 yards and scored the game's only touchdown as the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots, 16-9.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan): Caught a team-high 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 33-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue): Completed 19-of-37 for 263 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos to a 27-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Tracey Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana): Had just one tackle but also intercepted a pass as the Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 48-22.
Eric Smith, S, New York Jets (Michigan State): Had six tackles and a pass deflection as Jets defeated the New England Patriots 16-9.
Matt Spaeth, TE, Pittsburgh (Minnesota): Recorded two catches for 10 yards, but scored one of the Steelers' two touchdowns in their 17-14 loss to Chicago on Sunday.
Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo (Ohio State): Made six tackles and recorded an interception to help the Bills to a 33-20 victory over Tampa Bay.
Eugene Wilson, S, Houston (Illinois): Recorded four tackles and intercepted a pass in Houston's 34-31 victory against Tennessee.
Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay (Michigan): Made 10 tackles and had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in the Packers' 31-24 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.