The Big Ten Conference announced today its inaugural football Players to Watch list, with 12 players earning preseason recognition. Big Ten coaches voted to institute a preseason Players to Watch list beginning this season, honoring five student-athletes each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division. The 2011 list was selected by a media panel and features additional honorees due to a tie.
The complete list of Big Ten football preseason Players to Watch appears below:
LEGENDS DIVISION Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern
LEADERS DIVISION* Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State John Simon, DT, Ohio State Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin James White, RB, Wisconsin
*Additional honorees due to tie
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