QB: Braxton Miller (6-2,215) Ohio State. Miller passed for over 2000 yards and he ran for over a 1000. He missed several games due to injury or could have had better stats. Miller is a lot like Mike Marshall at Auburn.
RB: Melvin Gordon (6-0,205) Wisconsin. Gordon outplayed his teammate, White, and ran for 1609 yards and 12 TDs. Three different head coaches and the Badgers still love pounding their opponents with a vicious running attack. Look for Gordon to have another good year. 7.8 yards per carry is truly impressive. Gordon is a beast.
RB: Jeremy Langford (6-0,205) Michigan State. Hard running RB tore it up for 1422 yards and 18 TDs last season. Also caught 28 passes for another TD. Langford was the work horse of the Spartan offense a year ago and is back for one more season.
RB: Ameer Abdullah (5-9,190) Nebraska. Like the Husker I backs of old in the days of Dr Tom Osborne. Abdullah had 1690 yards rushing at over 6 yards per carry and 9 TDs. That’s the 4th best rushing total in Husker history which is saying something considering their rich history in I backs.
WR: Tony Jones (5-11,185) Northwestern. Jones caught 55 passes for 630 yards and 4 TDs. One of the Wildcats best players, obviously.
WR: Levern Jacobs (5-11,185) Maryland. Maryland and Rutgers will be the new members this season. Jacobs did his damage in the ACC where he caught 47 passes for 640 yards and 3 TDs.
TE: Devin Funchess (6-5,230) Michigan. Funchess moved to more of a WR role last season but I am still placing him in the TE Position. Had 49 catches last year for 748 yards and 6 TDs. One of Michigan’s top weapons for 2014.
TE:Tyler Kroft (6-6,240) Rutgers. Very productive TE for Rutgers and good blocker as well. Had 43 receptions in 2013 and should be good again. Tall TE with good hands.
OT: Brandon Scherff (6-5,315) Iowa. Returning all big 10 tackle. Standard old school Big 10 offensive lineman. Should be a high pick in NFL draft.
OT: Rob Havenstein (6-8,325) Wisconsin. Giant OT for the Badgers that is a multi-year starter. Plays well in the run and the pass game.
OG Miles Dieffenbach (6-3,295) Penn State. The Nittany Lions were really young last season with a true freshman leading them at QB, but Dieffenbach was a rock steady offensive lineman for them. Penn State is starting over again this season with a new coach in Franklin, but the OL should be solid.
OG: Kaleb Johnson (6-4,305) Rutgers. Rutgers is the new team on the block and they return all 5 starters in the OL. Kaleb Johnson elected to come back for his senior year and I believe it pays off.
C: Robert Kugler 6-3,285) Purdue. Kugler is especially a good run blocker but is good in pass blocking as well. Steady and reliable kind of guy.
DE: Shilique Calhoun (6-4,250) Michigan State. Calhoun was a terror at times last season. He totaled 37 tackles with 14 for losses. 7.5 sacks and 18 QB hurries plus 2 fumble returns for TDs. Michigan State had one of the best defenses in the nation last season and guys like Calhoun were why.
DE: Randy Gregory (6-6,255) Nebraska. JC transfer for the Huskers. Led the Big 10 in sacks with 9.5. Gregory had 65 total tacakles and 16 tackles for losses. Future NFL player for sure.
DT: Michael Bennett,(6-3,285) Ohio State. 42 total tackles and 7 sacks, plus 11.5 tackles for loss. Forced 3 fumbles and hurried the QB another. Bennett is back for his senior year.
DT: Carl Davis, (6-4,315) Iowa. Very good defensive tackle out of Michigan. Had 42 tackles with 4 of them for loss. Only had 1.5 sacks but that should improve next year.
DT: Darius Kilgo,(6-2,310) Maryland Plugs the middle really well. Had 37 tackles with 6.5 of those being for a loss and he had 2 sacks. Should make the Terrapins tough to run against.
ILB: Steve Longa (6-1,220) Rutgers. He’s been described as a tackling machine. He had 123 total tackles last season with 7.5 for loss and 3 sacks. One of the better MLBs around this season.
OLB: Taiwan Jones (6-3,250) Michigan State. Taiwan Jones is a bad man. He is a huge OLB that registered 67 tackles and 7 tackles for loss. Leader of a killer Spartan defense.
OLB: Chi Chi Ariguzo (6-3,235) Northwestern. Chi Chi was a fantastic player for the Wildcats in 2013. He totaled 106 tackles with 6 of those being for losses and 2 sacks. He also had a fumble return. Ariguzo was all over the field
CB: Trae Waynes (6-1,185) Michigan State. The next big thing at corner for the Spartans. He had 50 tackles and 3 INTs with 5 pass break ups.
CB:Tim Bennett (5-9,180) Indiana. Bennett broke up an incredible 20 passes a year ago plus he had 73 tackles and an interception. He was a bright spot for the Hoosiers in 2013.
CB: Bradley Roby (5-11,190) Ohio State. Standout Corner had 69 tackles and 3 interceptions. He also broke up 13 passes and 2 tackles for losses.
S: Kurtis Drummond (6-1,200) Michigan state. Another top performer from a top defense. Drummond picked off 4 passes in between making 91 tackles and breaking up 6 passes. MSU will be strong again on defense and Drummond is a big reason why.
S: Michael Caputo (6-1,205) Wisconsin. Caputo was all over the field last season and had 63 tackles with 3 of them being for losses. He also managed to break up 3 passes and hurry the QB 3 times.
S: Corey Cooper (6-1,215) Nebraska. 91 tackles were made by Cooper from his safety position and 4 of those were for loss and he added 2 sacks. Cooper also had an interception and was all over the field