Thursday, June 20, 2013
Poll: Big Ten's sack leader in 2013
By Brian Bennett
On Wednesday, Adam and I debated who would lead the Big Ten in sacks this fall. Now it's your turn to choose.
Here are five candidates:
- Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State: Adam's choice, Barnes was the Big Ten freshman of the year last season while recording six sacks. Can the talented sophomore build on those numbers?
- Tyler Scott, DE, Northwestern: I chose Scott, who tied for the Big Ten lead with nine sacks a year ago. He's a big, strong guy who should anchor an improving Wildcats defense.
- Adolphus Washington or Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State: Both Buckeyes true sophomore turned heads this spring and could be ready to burst onto the scene this season. Hard to say which one has more potential, so we're lumping them together for now.
- Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: Hageman had six sacks a year ago and by all accounts is having a great offseason to get ready for his senior year. But it's not easy to rack up huge sack numbers from the defensive tackle position.
- Unnamed player: We've seen players emerge from the shadows in this category before. Whitney Mercilus erupted two years ago to lead the nation in sacks, while Scott increased his total from two to nine last year. If you think someone not on this list will be the Big Ten's sack champion -- including guys like Michigan's Frank Clark, Purdue's Ryan Russell, Nebraska's Randy Gregory and more -- then this is your pick.
Who'll finish as the 2013 sack master? Vote now in our poll.