- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and 2010 potential, continue with ...
No. 5: Tyler Sash, S, Iowa, Jr., 6-1, 210
2009 numbers: Led the Big Ten with six interceptions and finished second in the league and 11th nationally in interceptions per game (.5); ranked fifth in the league in passes defended (12, .92 per game); tied a single-game team record with three picks against Iowa State; had 203 yards and a touchdown on interception returns.
Most recent ranking: No. 26 in the 2009 postseason player rankings.
Making the case for Sash: In two seasons, Sash has established himself as one of the nation's premier playmakers. He already holds the Iowa record for career interception return yards with 350, ranking fifth in Big Ten history. His 86-yard interception return for a touchdown following several pinball-like deflections against Indiana was one of the most memorable plays of the 2009 college football season. Sash, who played defensive back and wide receiver in high school, is always around the football and also helps in run support from the safety position. He earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors and third-team AP All-America honors, while finishing as a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. Sash is the only Big Ten defensive back named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list, and he has also been named to the Lott Trophy watch list.
No. 25: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
No. 24: Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure
No. 23: Iowa DT Karl Klug
No. 22: Northwestern LB Quentin Davie
No. 21: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
No. 20: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle
No. 19: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien
No. 18: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi
No. 17: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey
No. 16: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland
No. 15: Wisconsin G/C John Moffitt
No. 14: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
No. 13: Purdue WR Keith Smith
No. 12: Ohio State LB Ross Homan
No. 11: Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi
No. 10: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
No. 9: Ohio State G Justin Boren
No. 8: Penn State G/C Stefen Wisniewski
No. 7: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
No. 6: Penn State RB Evan Royster