Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ranking the Big Ten's best players
By Brian Bennett
It's that time of year again.
You know it, you love it, you only sometimes agree with it — our rankings of the Top 25 players in the Big Ten.
The last time we did this was in the preseason, when we based our rankings on past performance and projected impact on the 2011 season. Well, now we don't have to factor in potential, because we know what each player did in the '11 season. So this post-season Top 25 will strictly be based on results and who affected things on the field the most.
As a refresher course, here's how our preseason Top 25 list looked:
No. 25: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
No. 24: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
No. 22: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
No. 21: Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
No. 20: John Simon, DL, Ohio State
No. 19: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
No. 18: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
No. 17: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
No. 16: Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
No. 15: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
No. 14: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
No. 13: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
No. 12: David Molk, C, Michigan
No. 11: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
No. 10: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
No. 9: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
No. 8: Riley Reiff, LT, Iowa
No. 7: James White, RB, Wisconsin
No. 6: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
No. 5: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
No. 4: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
No. 3: Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern
No. 2: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
No. 1: Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
I think it's pretty safe to say we'll see some significant changes to the postseason order, especially since our No. 1 player in the preseason missed most of the year with an injury.
Our new rankings will kick off later today as we count down one player per day until we reach the top. So here's your chance to have your say before we start. Who's your No. 1 player from the 2011 Big Ten season? What does your Top 25 look like? Sound off below before we give our opinions.