Thursday, October 17, 2013
Poll: Midseason defensive MVP
By Brian Bennett
Earlier this week, we shared our picks for some midseason award winners in the Big Ten. Now we want to know what you think.
With half the season in the books, who is the defensive player of the year so far in the league? The choices:
- Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: He is third in the league in tackles and seemingly is involved in every play as the Badgers' defensive leader. The 3-4 defense has given him more freedom to make plays.
- Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier: He is second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (eight) and tied for seventh in tackles. Few linebackers can cover as much ground as Shazier.
- Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard: Other than his run-ins with the penalty flag at Notre Dame, Dennard has been the Big Ten's top cornerback, and his one-on-one skills allow the Spartans to use their safeties against the run.
- Penn State DT DaQuan Jones: He's the latest in a long line of Penn State defensive tackles to take his game to the next level as a senior. Jones leads the league with 8.5 tackles for loss.
- Iowa LB James Morris: A big-play guy for the Hawkeyes, Morris has three interceptions and a forced fumble, plus four tackles for loss. Iowa ranks third in the league in both scoring defense and total defense.
Vote now in our poll.