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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Big Ten rankings: No. 15, Jeremy Ebert

By Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, continue with:

No. 15: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern, Sr., 6-0, 195

2010 numbers: Recorded 62 receptions for 953 yards and 8 touchdowns; led the Big Ten in receiving average (73.3 ypg) and finished fifth in receptions per game (4.8); had five rushes for 21 yards and completed 2 of 2 pass attempts for 60 yards

Why he's here: Ebert emerged as one of the Big Ten's most consistent and complete receivers in 2010. Quarterback Dan Persa's No. 1 target earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media after leading the league in receiving with an impressive 15.4 yards-per-catch average. Ebert repeatedly made big plays for the Wildcats, recording six touchdown catches of 20 yards or more. He helped Northwestern complete a fourth-quarter comeback at Minnesota by beating a Gophers defender for a jump ball in the end zone. If Persa can stay healthy after his long rehab from Achilles' surgery, Ebert could have a huge senior season as the leader of a deep and talented Wildcats receiving corps.