Polls: Who wins 2013 Big Ten individual awards?

With the 2013 college football season a little more than two weeks away, I thought it was a good time to consider preseason favorites for all of the Big Ten end-of-the-season awards. From the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year to the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, I offer my picks. Also, cast your winners in this post.

Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
3. Devin Gardner, Michigan
Next: Kain Colter, Northwestern
Dark horse: Tre Roberson, Indiana

Preseason analysis: The three names may finish the season in a different order, but these are the Big Ten’s best signal-callers. There’s a significant drop from No. 3 to No. 4, and after Colter, there aren’t many proven options.

Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year
1. Venric Mark, Northwestern
2. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
3. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Next: James White, Wisconsin
Dark horse: Akeem Hunt, Purdue

Preseason analysis: This should be a great race all season, as back-to-back Big Ten Running Back of the Year and NCAA TD record-holder Montee Ball is in the NFL. For now, the diminutive and speedy Mark takes the top spot.

Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year
1. Allen Robinson, Penn State
2. Kenny Bell, Nebraska
3. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Next: Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
Dark horse: Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

Preseason analysis: Will there be another Robinson this year? Remember, the Nittany Lion receiver was on no one’s radar this time a year ago, what with three catches to his name. Even if there is, it will be tough to overtake these guys.

Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year
1. Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
3. Devin Funchess, Michigan
Next: Kyle Carter, Penn State
Dark horse: Ted Bolser, Indiana

Preseason analysis: Tight end is a loaded position this season – so much so that it’s tough to rank the Big Ten’s top 3. No matter what direction you go, you’re leaving a worthy star off the list.

Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year
1. Taylor Lewan, Michigan
2. Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
3. Spencer Long, Nebraska
Next: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
Dark horse: Jason Spriggs, Indiana

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year
1. Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
2. Mitch Ewald, Indiana
3. Brendan Gibbons, Michigan
Next: Mike Meyer, Iowa
Dark horse: Mauro Bondi, Nebraska

Preseason analysis: Here’s all you need to know about this race: Budzien missed one kick last season (19 of 20 FGs; 50-50 XPs). Not bad for a guy who kicks for a team that plays its home games on a grass field and in windy conditions.

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year
1. Tyler Scott, Northwestern
2. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
3. Deion Barnes, Penn State
Next: Marcus Rush, Michigan State
Dark horse: Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

Preseason analysis: The Big Ten lost a lot of talent on the defensive front, including 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year John Simon. That said, Scott’s numbers were eerily similar to Simon’s last year, so he opens the season on top.

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year
1. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
2. Chris Borland, Wisconsin
3. Max Bullough, Michigan State
Next: Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
Dark horse: Ethan Armstrong, Wisconsin

Preseason analysis: Much like the analysis for “quarterback” above, there’s not much argument about the top three names. Some will argue the order, but these are the best all-around, playmaking linebackers.

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year
1. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
3. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
Next: Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Dark horse: Blake Countess, Michigan

Preseason analysis: We’re still waiting to hear word on Roby’s possible punishment for an incident last month in Bloomington, Ind. Even if he misses a few games, he still has time – not to mention the skills – to warrant the top spot.

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year
1. Mike Sadler, Michigan State
2. Cody Webster, Purdue
3. Justin DuVernois, Illinois
Next: Drew Meyer, Wisconsin
Dark horse: Alex Butterworth, Penn State

Preseason analysis: Michigan’s Will Hagerup is the reigning winner of the award, however he will be sitting out the season due to disciplinary reasons. Sadler was a first-teamer last year (Coaches), so he deserves to be at the top of this list.

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Ace Habbas on 8/12/2013 @ 6:29pm EDT Said:

Michigan , enough said

Tim Aden on 8/12/2013 @ 6:44pm EDT Said:

GO BIG RED !

Sal Zagra on 8/12/2013 @ 6:58pm EDT Said:

PSU will dominate

Patrick Lamoureux on 8/12/2013 @ 7:09pm EDT Said:

Go Hawks, you left all the good ones off. Wheres Wiesman at?

Derrick Anderson on 8/12/2013 @ 7:13pm EDT Said:

I see the Husker fans have been here. GBR!

Adam Borland on 8/12/2013 @ 7:24pm EDT Said:

Ben Buchanan graduated after exhausting his eligibility. He’s not on OSU’s roster so the odds of him being the best punter are slim.

Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 8/12/2013 @ 10:20pm EDT Said:

Yours truly needs a refresher on Big Ten punters. Had completely forgotten Hagerup was suspended for season and that Buchanan had graduated. Fail. All fixed now. Thanks!

Ben on 8/12/2013 @ 10:35pm EDT Said:

GOPHERS!

Doug on 8/12/2013 @ 11:48pm EDT Said:

you’re right Ace, when you say Michigan, you say overrated

ChrisK on 8/13/2013 @ 12:07am EDT Said:

Yeah! Go Big Red(Hoosiers)!

Concerned on 8/13/2013 @ 6:26am EDT Said:

May to go BTN. No love for O-linemen? You might as well vote other for most of them. Kenny Bell for reciever? Last I saw, he QB was a still a running back playing out of position. No chance. Tight end? The top two players in the conference are in Happy Valley. Linebacker? Only one of the top three is on the list. Replace Shazier with Denicos Allen and Borland with Mike Hull and you have something.

Barry on 8/13/2013 @ 8:35am EDT Said:

No respect for Bucky again I see ??
With 14 starters returning, the best RB tanden in the Big Ten in White & Gordon, a top 3 conf. receiver in Jared A., & arguably the best MLB in the conf. in Borland, the Badgers are in a position to do something special this season. Win a fourth strait “Big Ten Championship” !!

Nurrbrrrrskrrr on 8/13/2013 @ 1:02pm EDT Said:

Wow, now we can really say for sure that Nebraska fans are devoid of any objectivity. These polls are ridiculous.

bigtengrad on 8/13/2013 @ 1:42pm EDT Said:

You’re right Nurrbrrrrskrrr, all other fanbases are the picture of objectivity. I believe that these polls are mainly for fun, and to judge an entire fanbase based on them is laughable.

Ben24 on 8/13/2013 @ 8:17pm EDT Said:

Aaron Burbridge will explode this year. Go MSU!

Bill on 9/22/2013 @ 11:56am EDT Said:

Illinois rocks they’ll get to the rose bowl.

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