Big Ten announces “Players to Watch” for 2013

Leading up to Big Ten Media Days, which begin later today in Chicago, the Big Ten released its 10 players to watch for the 2013 season.Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby highlighted the Leaders Division list along with Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan and Devin Gardner joined Michigan State’s Max Bullough, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and Northwestern’s Venric Mark on the Legend’s Division List,

The release follows.

Big Ten Announces Football Preseason Players to Watch List
Ten players highlighted on third annual list

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today its third annual football Players to Watch list, with 10 players earning preseason recognition. The preseason Players to Watch list is selected by a media panel and consists of five student-athletes each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division.

Representing the Legends Division are Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Northwestern running back Venric Mark.

A unanimous selection, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is one of three Buckeyes named to the Leaders Division Players to Watch list. Buckeye cornerback Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier, Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland round out the division’s honorees.

Borland, Lewan and Miller were named to the Big Ten Football Players to Watch list for the second straight season.

The Players to Watch list includes the reigning Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year in Miller, Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in Lewan and Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year in Robinson.

Borland, Lewan, Mark and Roby have each been named All-Americans in past seasons. Four Legends Division players have earned All-Big Ten honors, including first-team accolades for Bullough, Lewan and Martinez and second-team laurels for Mark. All five Leaders Division honorees were first-team All-Big Ten selections last season.

The complete list of Big Ten football preseason Players to Watch appears below:

Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State*
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

One comment

  1. When you get arrested for assaulting someone, do you forfeit your right to play football at Ohio State University? Do you continue to be “A Player to Watch” in the Big Ten. Perhaps that monicker takes on a different meaning after you’ve been arrested for assault.

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