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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Big Ten could be loaded at receiver in 2011

By Adam Rittenberg

Only two Big Ten wide receivers -- Ohio State's Dane Sanzenbacher and Indiana's Tandon Doss -- made my postseason Top 25 player rankings from the 2010 season.

I'd be stunned if the number doesn't increase in next year's rankings.

A look at the Big Ten landscape reveals that wide receiver could be one of the league's deepest position groups in 2011. Six of the league's top seven receivers return from 2010, and almost every squad has a No. 1 receiver who could legitimately contend for all-conference honors. We saw a fairly significant upgrade in Big Ten quarterback play between 2009 and 2010. Receiver could be the position that truly blossoms this fall.

I really like the No. 1 receivers throughout the conference. Some of the supporting casts are solid; others not so much.

Let's take a team-by-team look at the top receivers and grade the supporting casts:

ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN STATE
MINNESOTA
NEBRASKA
NORTHWESTERN
OHIO STATE
PENN STATE
PURDUE
WISCONSIN