The 2013 MLB Home Run Derby is tonight, so I thought it would be fun to consider the Big Ten’s best home-run hitters. On the gridiron, that is. Who’s in the running? A quarterback tops my list, which can be seen in this post.
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State – There are some players who can take it to the house every time hand meets pigskin, and Miller – he of TD runs of 37, 55, 65 and 67 yards last year – is the Big Ten’s most electrifying longball threat.
2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska – Martinez doesn’t get the fanfare of Braxton Miller, but he had three running scores last year longer than the Ohio State star’s longest, including a conference-best 92-yarder.
3. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – If you missed Gordon’s Big Ten title game performance (9 car., 216 yards), you’re probably scratching your head at this one. Stop. Enjoy Gordon’s breakaway speed now.
4. Venric Mark, Northwestern – No Big Ten running back to eclipse 1,000 yards averaged more yards per carry than Mark (6.0), who doubles as a dynamic punt returner (82-yard TD at Syracuse; 75-yard TD at Penn State).
5. Kenny Bell, Nebraska – This is impressive: Bell averaged 17.3 yards per reception last season. This is even more impressive: the WR averaged 37 yards on his eight touchdown grabs, the shortest being a 25-yarder.
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