Dienhart: Week 12 Player Rankings

When it comes to consistent greatness, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson has set the pace all season. From the season opener vs. UNLV, when Wilson hit 10-of-13 passes for 255 and two scores, to last Saturday, when he connected on 16-of-17 passes for 177 and four touchdowns, Wilson has been a study in weekly greatness.

And it’s that kind of consistency that has him on top of this week’s Top 25 ranking of Big Ten players. See the entire list, including several first-time players, in this post.

1. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin – Last Week: No. 2
2. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin – LW: No. 4
3. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska – LW: No. 7
4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State – LW: No. 8
5. Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin – LW: NR
6. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State – LW: No. 13
7. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois – LW: No. 10
8. Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska – LW: No.22
9. John Simon, DT, Ohio State – LW: No. 5
10. Denicos Allen, LB, Michigan State – LW: NR
11. Marcus Coker, RB, Iowa – LW: No. 1
12. Devon Still, DT, Penn State – LW: No. 9
13. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois – LW: No. 11
14. Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern – LW: NR
15. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin – LW: No. 14
16. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin – LW: No. 6
17. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State – LW: No. 15
18. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan – LW: No. 16
19. Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State – LW: No. 17
20. James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa – LW: No. 12
21. Silas Redd, RB, Penn State – LW: No. 3
22. Ben Burkett, G, Northwestern – LW: NR
23. Isaiah Lewis, S, Michigan State – LW: NR
24. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska – LW: No. 20
25. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska – LW: NR

By school
5 – Wisconsin
4 – Michigan State, Nebraska,
3 – Penn State
2 – Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State,
1 – Michigan

By position
6 – Quarterback
5 – Linebacker
4 – Running back, defensive line
3 – Offensive line
2 – Defensive back
1 – Wide receiver

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Corey Fletcher on 11/15/2011 @ 3:42pm EDT Said:

How does a guy like Marvin McNutt not make your list?

    Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer on 11/15/2011 @ 7:10pm EDT Said:

    Yes, McNutt probably should have made the cut. He’s having a terrific season and will leave statistically as the top WR in Iowa history. Plus, he a great kid. Not bad for a guy who arrived in Iowa City as a quarterback.

Scott on 11/15/2011 @ 3:46pm EDT Said:

Wow no Devon Still in the top 10 ????????????

    Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer on 11/15/2011 @ 7:11pm EDT Said:

    Yes, he is having a great year. Trying to rank the Top 25 players regardless of position is a tough proposition. This is a great year for defensive linemen in the Big Ten with guys like Simon, Short, Worthy, Martin, Mercilus.