As Nebraska moves into the Big Ten Conference, HuskerOnline.com will get you ready with ranking analysis pieces breaking down each position in the league. Today we look at the safety position in the Big Ten heading into 2011.
Arguably the top returning safety in the Big Ten, Michigan State's Trenton Robinson finished the 2011 season with 75 total tackles, 12 pass break-ups and four interceptions a year ago. Michigan State will have one the Big Ten's best secondary's this season, as Robinson will play a big reason why.
2. Aaron Henry, Wisconsin, 6-0, 211, Sr.
A natural playmaker, Wisconsin's Aaron Henry finished the 2010 season with 58 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass break-ups and three fumble recoveries. Henry will be one of the leaders for Wisconsin's defense, as the Badgers look poised to make a run to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.
3. Brian Peters, Northwestern, 6-4, 215, Sr.
Northwestern senior safety Brian Peters was a tackling machine last year finishing with 107 total tackles, to go along with seven pass break-ups and three interceptions. Peters was a second team All-Big Ten selection finishing sixth in the league in total tackles.
4. Orhian Johnson, Ohio State, 6-2, 205, Jr.
Ohio State junior safety Orhian Johnson is one of the Buckeyes top returning tacklers from a year ago, finishing with 50 total tackles. Johnson also had one interception, three pass deflections and two pass break-ups. Look for Johnson to be one of the stronger secondary players in the league this year.
5. Jordan Kovacs, Michigan, 6-0, 195, Jr.
Michigan junior safety Jordan Kovacs was all over the field for the Wolverines last year finishing with 116 stops to go along with 8 ½ tackles for loss and two interceptions. However, Michigan had one of the worst defenses in the country and usually it's not a good thing when your safety has this many tackles. If the Wolverines are going to get it turned around this year on defense, at least they have a sure fired playmaker in the secondary to work with.