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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Big Ten rankings: No. 4, Mike Brewster

By Brian Bennett

We're down to the Final Four in our Big Ten preseason player rankings, which once again are based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season. The fine foursome tips off with ...

No. 4: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State Sr., 6-5, 305

2010 numbers: Completed his third year as the Buckeyes starting center, finishing as a first-team All-Big Ten performer (media) and a Rimington Trophy finalis.

Why he's here: As we discussed with David Molk's ranking, centers don't produce a lot of stats or numbers that prove their value. And there's legitimate debate whether Molk, who was the coaches' first-team All-Big Ten center a year ago, or Brewster is the best in the league at his position. Obviously, our vote goes to Brewster. He has started 36 straight games dating back to early in his true freshman season, and he has long been a rock for the Ohio State offense while helping the team to three straight Big Ten titles. Brewster can make a claim to being not just the top center in the league but in all of college football and should challenge for All-America honors and the Rimington award this season. He's also a leader for the Buckeyes and a guy they will count on to get them through some possible rocky times early this season while breaking in a new quarterback.

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