Kicking off another week of our Big Ten preseason top 25 player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, as we turn to ...
No. 16: Derek Moye, WR, Penn State, Sr., 6-5, 202
2010 numbers: Had 53 catches for 885 yards and eight touchdowns, ranking second in the Big Ten with a 16.7 yards per catch average.
Why he's here: Moye is as good as it gets when it comes to deep threats in the Big Ten. He's tall, fast and experienced, having put together back-to-back standout seasons in State College. Moye bulked up a few pounds in the offseason and hopes to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. He caught a touchdown in seven of the last eight games for Penn State in 2010, and he put up big numbers in an offense where steady quarterback play was sometimes an issue. He should finish his career among the top five receivers in school history, and if the Lions figure out their quarterback situation and give him enough help to prevent double-teams, Moye could challenge for All-America honors in 2011.
No. 25: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
No. 24: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
No. 22: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
No. 21: Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
No. 20: John Simon, DL, Ohio State
No. 19: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
No. 18: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
No. 17: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State