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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Who will be Big Ten's next premier DT?

By Adam Rittenberg

In 2009, Penn State's Jared Odrick impressed Big Ten coaches enough to earn their defensive player of the year award.

Last season, Illinois' Corey Liuget blossomed into a force on the interior line, finishing seventh in the league in tackles for loss and eighth in sacks.

Odrick became a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, and Liuget figures to hear his name called among the first 10-20 selections in April.

Who's next in the Big Ten?

The Big Ten returns several players who could follow the legacies of Odrick and Liuget. Let's take a closer look at the group:

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