The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, continue with ...
No. 19: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue, So., 5-9, 176
2010 numbers: Started all 12 games as true freshman; led team and tied for sixth in the Big Ten with three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns; tied for third on team with 83 tackles (56 solo), including a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss; four pass breakups; led Big Ten in interception return yardage (129)
Why he's here: Allen flew under the radar for much of 2010 but emerged as one of the Big Ten's most exciting defenders. If you didn't see him last fall, don't miss out in 2011 as he should be even better. Allen is extremely aggressive, not concerned at all about his size, and will get physical with opposing wide receivers. He boasts obvious playmaking skills, recording pick-sixes against both Michigan and Michigan State. Allen is a sound tackler with terrific speed, and he'll face several of the league's top wideouts this fall. Along with Josh Johnson, Allen forms one of the league's top cornerback tandems.