Different paths, same goal for top B1G QBs

August, 22, 2013
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As part of our Big Ten preview, today I wrote about the three headliner quarterbacks in the league and how they got here:
Quarterback questions dominated much of the offseason conversation throughout the Big Ten.

Eight of the 12 league schools at least officially had an open quarterback competition in the spring, while Northwestern continues its plan to juggle Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian based on situations. That left just three clear-cut, every-down starters in the conference, and they just happen to pilot three of the Big Ten's signature programs. In a happy coincidence, all three -- Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Michigan's Devin Gardner -- are potential Heisman Trophy contenders in what might just be their final collegiate seasons.

These three players will in many ways be the faces of the league in 2013, and their performances could well dictate the conference race. Yet the road to this point for each hasn't always been smooth, and all three still have one major question that must be answered: Can they deliver a championship?

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