Saturday, July 26, 2008

Can College Football take the Big Ten for granite in '08?

Prior to 2006, the Big Ten entered BCS Bowls at 15-7. Setting the pace for other conferences, including the SEC. In the past two years, the table shifted with the Big Ten 0-4 and the SEC 4-0.

Plenty of talent returns around the Big Ten, especially with the top flight Ohio State Buckeyes for 2008. The Buckeyes return 20 starters and only lose 4 starters from last year.

Outstanding all-Big Ten first team returnees are back and will hit the field again in 2008
  • QB Todd Boeckman, Ohio State, senior
  • RB Beanie Wells, Ohio State, junior
  • C A.Q. Shipley, Penn State, senior
  • TE Travis Beckum, Wisconsin, senior
  • PK Austin Starr, Indiana, senior


  • DE Maurice Evans, Penn State, junior
  • DE Greg Middleton, junior
  • DT Mitch King, Iowa, senior
  • LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, senior
  • CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, senior
  • CB Vontae Davis, Illinois, junior
  • PT Jeremy Boone, Penn State, junior

As well, all-Big Ten second team performers return for '08, as well


  • QB Kellen Lewis, Indiana, junior
  • RB Javon Ringer, Michigan State, senior
  • C Ryan McDonald, Illinois, senior
  • OG Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin, senior
  • OG Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State, senior
  • OT Alex Boone, Ohio State, senior
  • OT Xavier Fulton, Illinos, senior


  • DE Matt Shaughnessy, Wisconsin, senior
  • DE Will Davis, Illinois, senior
  • DT Terrance Taylor, Michigan, senior
  • LB Marcus Freeman, Ohio State, senior
  • PT Justin Kucek, Minnesota, senior
  • * LB Sean Lee, Penn State, senior will not play in '08 due to ACL injury*
But, as we all know, football is a team sport and it will be the work of 11 man units that really pull teams together. Having an all-star type player to build around is always valuable, especially at the major play making positions, but it always comes down the sum of all parts.


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