Video: Big Ten football players to watch in 2013

In a special web-only “Big Ten Football Report” clip, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith each offer up a couple of players Big Ten fans should keep their eye on in 2013. While all four talents are coming off breakout seasons, our guys think each is poised to be even better next fall.

The candidates: Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier (Griffith); Michigan’s Devin Gardner and Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde (DiNardo).

Watch the video now to see what DiNardo and Griffith say about their picks. Plus, cast your vote below for the player most likely to have the best season.

Griffith on Abdullah:

“He’s really going to be a tremendous asset, in my opinion. For this Nebraska offense to really be clicking on all cylinders, it’s got to be about him.”

Griffith on Shazier:

“To me, this is a linebacker that’s a highlight film waiting to happen. In my opinion, he has an opportunity to win the Butkus Award.”

DiNardo on Gardner:

“He can run it and throw it. I’ll be curious how much he runs it.”

DiNardo on Hyde:

“Ohio State needs a good tailback presence to reach expectations. It’s not going to happen just with Braxton Miller. They have to be state of the art at quarterback and running back.”


Your Opinion?
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Nyle robinson on 1/21/2013 @ 10:39pm EDT Said:

Loving the college wrestling. Please keep it coming!

JozzleWozzle (@JozzleWozzle) on 1/22/2013 @ 7:31am EDT Said:

Nice way to split the vote between 2 Ohio St players!!

Johnny Jp Pascavage on 1/22/2013 @ 9:30am EDT Said:

How about Zack Zwinak, Allen Robinson, or Kyle Carter from Penn State? If Bill O Brien makes a good decision on a quarterback to distribute the ball to all these resources, the Penn State offense could be absolutely deadly

Bryan Zachery on 1/22/2013 @ 1:42pm EDT Said:

I’m a Michigan fan and I dont think Devin Gardner will be QB in the 2013 season because Brady Hoke, Al Borges, and Greg Mattison, knows that they have an awesome 5 star QB coming in Shane Morris. So they’ll put Gardner back at WR and he has the size, height, strength, and hands to go up and get the ball like he did for a couple games until Robinson got injuried in the Nebraska game.

Joel on 1/22/2013 @ 4:42pm EDT Said:


As much as I am excited about Shane Morris, he’s showed at the Under Armour All Star Game that he’s not as polished as the recruiting experts thought he was. The staff of Michigan and Gardner himself have said that Devin will be staying at qb, which will give Morris time to develop.

Don Craig on 1/22/2013 @ 10:24pm EDT Said:

Without the emotional hype Ryan Shazier had every bit as good a 2012 as Teo did. Look at the numbers. He will definately be the leader of a very young but talented defense in 2013. If OSU can find a solid MLB to complement Shazier he should have a blazing year. If not he could end up playing MLB and might not produce quite as much.