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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Big Ten rankings: No. 13, Alfonzo Dennard

By Adam Rittenberg

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

No. 13: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska, Sr., 5-10, 205

2010 numbers: Started 13 games; recorded four interceptions, which ranked fifth in the Big 12; had seven pass breakups and 30 tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry

Why he's here: Overshadowed by All-American Prince Amukamara the past two seasons, Dennard will be in the spotlight this fall as Nebraska's No. 1 cornerback and one of the best in the country. He showed big-play ability with the four interceptions and helped Nebraska finish third nationally in pass efficiency defense and fifth in passing yards allowed. Dennard earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches and was a first-team all-conference selection on colleague David Ubben's ballot. The senior's presence certainly softens the blow of losing Amukamara and gives Nebraska a top cover man against the Big Ten's top receivers. Dennard is the Blackshirts' third national awards candidate alongside linebacker Lavonte David and tackle Jared Crick.