Spring games are in the books and now it's time to start looking forward to fall camps... Yep, we've officially hit the dead zone in Big Ten country. However, that doesn't mean we aren't going to bring you the hard hitting coverage, opinions and rankings we are known for. Having said that, it's time we unveil the newest feature here on TheB1GTime.com and that's our player rankings!
What gets you on our list? Well, we take a lot into consideration, things like importance to your team, overall skill at your position, records set, past performance, conference honors (coaches, media, our list too), and the good old fashioned eye test. Most of us have poured over our DVR's of spring games, taken a look back at last season and we've come up with our first ever Top 25 Big Ten Football Players list.
This list will be revisited towards the end of fall camp and we'll also give your our official and final list following the season that was 2013. Before we get to No. 25, here are a list of players who you won't see that you might be expecting to see & those that just missed out on the first Top 25 list:
- Jake Ryan (LB, Michigan): Sorry folks, in order to make our list you better be able to play and Ryan's ACL tear this spring pretty much sealed the deal on him not making this list
- Marcus Rush (DE, MSU): Just missed out on the votes, but is a name to watch in 2013
- Ricardo Allen (CB, Purdue): This guy is electric when he's making INT's, the problem is he hasn't exactly rounded into an all-around player just yet.
- Mike Sadler (P, MSU): Hey, can't tell there was a pattern to the voting of one of our writers or anything...
- Jeff Budzien (K, Northwestern): With Maher gone it's up to Budzien to keep the torch of solid Big Ten kickers going, he did a fine job last season.
- Stephen Houston (RB, Indiana): He's a TD machine, but the offense doesn't showcase his skills enough thanks to an OL that needs to get better fast.
What makes him worthy: Bryant is a ball hawk plain and simple. He may not have the INT numbers that are so en vogue for defensive backs of any kind these days, but as he enters his senior season in Columbus it's clear he is one of the top safeties in the conference.
He was 2nd on the Buckeyes in tackles behind linebacker Ryan Shazier and 2nd on the team in both passes defensed and broken up. That's exactly what you want out of your safety to say the least. For his efforts last season Bryant was named 2nd team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media.
Bryant comes into 2013 as the 2nd leading returning player in pass break up's, behind only teammate Bradley Roby. Not only is he a dynamic ball hawk he might be the most physical safety in the conference. The true senior is 5'10" and weighs 192lbs.
It says a lot about a player when he's able to come in and be an impact player for you all four years. Bryant saw action in 7 games on the defensive side of the ball his freshman year, along with special teams duty.
Stick around for the next 24 days as we unveil the rest of the list, you never know when your favorite player from your favorite team may end up on the list!!
Alright Buckeye Empire it’s time to peel back the layers on some of the Special Teams players on the upcoming 2013 Buckeyes Football team, just giving you guys a little bit of a tease until August31st. These guys on Special Teams don’t get the recognition that they deserve but their role is just as important as that of the offensive and defensive teams. Without a quality Special...
As the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team enters summer workouts, many positions are being filled. Head Coach Urban Meyer filled out most of his two-deep depth chart shortly after the Buckeyes completed their 2013 spring game in front of 30,000 plus in Paul Brown Stadium. So how exactly does sophomore punter Jake Russell fit in to the championship equation?
Russell played just...
WESTLAKE, Ohio - The new Ohio State coach picked up an award from the old Ohio State coach on Tuesday night.
Though Urban Meyer accepting the Lee Tressel Award from Lee's son, Jim, grabs attention, theirs was a quick transaction made between smiling parties at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet.
The College Football Universe composite rankings takes into account three important factors in college football: recruiting, returning starters, and end of last season's polls. The composite rankings consist of the recruiting and returning starters rankings for 2013 and the final human polls for the 2012-13 season (AP & Coaches); 41 teams received votes in the final polls...
Beware Nittany Lions! He’s back!!!
Over the summer, Buckeye Empire will be bringing you an in-depth position by position breakdown and highlight the young men that will be pursuing perfection and the hopes and dreams of hoisting the crystal ball in Pasadena this coming January. We continue our series with Special Teams and the starting long snapper Bryce Haynes.
With all the hype...
If he’s kicking in 2013 we’re winning big or in deep trouble
Over the summer, Buckeye Empire will be bringing you an in-depth position by position breakdown and highlight the young men that will be pursuing perfection and the hopes and dreams of hoisting the crystal ball in Pasadena this coming January. We continue our series with Special Teams and Kyle Clinton.
Another week and another Post-Spring Top 25 poll from a major sports site. This time it is Dennis Dodd at CBSSports.com turn to prognosticate the CFB Top 25 after the Spring practices. Other than his choice of Ohio State as the top team, it is the usual SEC love spell that so many of the press folks seem to be under.
The other conferences must step up and make a difference this...
Ohio State will soon often encounter Maryland when the two become conference foes in 2014, but the Buckeyes drew the Terrapins in this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge, an annual two-day event set to begin on Dec. 3. Get the full story inside.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Michigan visits Duke and North Carolina travels to Michigan State in this year's Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The conferences announced the matchups Wednesday for the 12-game schedule to be played Dec. 3-4. Fourteen of the teams played in the NCAA tournament last season.
This marks the first Challenge for the three new ACC schools -- Pittsburgh, Syracuse and...
If there is something Ohio State Buckeye fans are used to, it’s the head coach of their football team having a special interest in special teams. Urban Meyer is no different than Jim Tressel in the way that he sees just how important the punting unit is to a football team. Even under Meyer the offense cannot always achieve that ten yards needed, and this isn’t NCAA on...
Though Zach Boren enjoyed an immensely successful career at Ohio State, the former Buckeyes captain only has to go back to his senior year of high school to remember being doubted. After going undrafted in April's NFL Draft, Boren will use that same motivation to make the Houston Texans' roster.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple days and haven’t seen the Ohio State Nike video yet, I recommend you do. Obviously the soundtrack inspired these tees, which were created by a great graphic designed named Donny. Be sure to support him, and his charity calendar he is working on right here.
Needless to day, that video is a pure adrenaline rush, I know...
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