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.