Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Poll: Leaders all-stars vs. Legends all-stars
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game takes place tonight in the desert, and we're joining in the fun here in Big Ten land.
You've already seen all-star teams from both the Leaders Division and the Legends Division. Now it's time to vote: Who would win if these squads met on the gridiron?
If you need some help deciding, we're here for you.
Adam Rittenberg's case for the Leaders all-stars: What this squad lacks in superstars it makes up for with dynamic players primed for breakout seasons in 2011. Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase is a budding star at quarterback and boasts plenty of weapons around him, including reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year James White and Derek Moye. Big Ten fans need to know names of defenders like John Simon, Michael Mauti, Ricardo Allen and Tyler Moeller. These guys all should do big things this season. The team looks strong up the middle on both sides with Michael Brewster, the nation's top center, as well as Kawann Short, Devon Still, Mauti and Chris Borland. The secondary is packed with playmakers, and the kicking game will be solid. When this game ends, Leaders will be leading on the scoreboard.
Brian Bennett's case for the Legends all-stars: I don't expect the Leaders to be leading this game, while my squad should become true Legends. Just look at quarterback: No offense to Scheelhaase, who's a good young player, but I doubt he would have cracked the top three of my depth chart under center. I've got power and speed at running back, three standout receivers and the top pass-catching tight end in the league behind a stout offensive line. My defensive front has two of the best interior defensive linemen in the country in Mike Martin and Jared Crick. While I may be a little light at linebacker, I do have an All-American there in Lavonte David, and I've got two shutdown corners in Shaun Prater and Alfonzo Dennard. Legends by a touchdown, at least.