May 31, 2012

Ranking the Big Ten: Wide receiver

As Nebraska moves into its second season in 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 wide receiver position in the Big Ten heading into 2012.

1. Roy Roundtree, Michigan, 6-0, 176, Sr.
In year one of Al Borges's offensive system, Roy Roundtree saw his production drop quite a bit. Roundtree had just 19 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns, compared to 72 catches and 935 yards and seven touchdowns the season before. Look for Roundtree though to return more back to his 2010 form, as he'll be Michigan's top receiving target and arguably the top receiver in the Big Ten.
2. Jared Abbrederis,, Wisconsin, 6-2, 180, Jr.
It's hard not to like what Jared Abbrederis has accomplished over his career at Wisconsin. The walk-on wide receiver hauled in 55 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and with the departure of Nick Toon he should see those numbers go up even more. Abbrederis is one of the more complete players in the Big Ten, as he's also one of the league's top return specialists on kickoffs and punts.
3. Kenny Bell, Nebraska, 6-1, 175, So.
Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell is an emerging star in the Big Ten. As a redshirt freshman he had 32 catches for 461 yards and three touchdowns and he clearly became the Huskers No. 1 option by years end. Maybe the most impressive attribute about Bell is his speed, as he showed it on a few reverse plays and in the play action game when teams over play Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead in the run game. 32, 461 and 3
4. Keenan Davis, Iowa, 6-3, 215, Sr.
You never know how a player will adjust to a new offensive system, but Keenan Davis figures to factor in heavily to what new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis plans to do in 2012. As a junior Davis caught 50 passes for 713 yards and four touchdowns. Gone is Marvin McNutt, which should open the door for Davis to potentially lead the Big Ten in several receiving categories with quarterback James Vandenberg returning.
5. Demetrius Fields, Northwestern, 6-2, 210, Jr.
There really wasn't clear cut choice for No. 5. I thought the top four were pretty consensus, but at No. 5 we decided to go with Northwestern's Demetrius Fields who had 32 catches for 382 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. Fields should be Northwestern's No. 1 receiver with Jeremy Ebert now gone and Kain Colter in the starting quarterback job after playing wide-out a year ago. The Wildcats have consistently put up big offensive numbers the last few years and Fields should be able to step right in and be the next great receiver in their system.




 

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