Twitter: 2013 Big Ten football breakout players?

The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates.

Before we move on to the fans’ picks, here are my top candidates: Devin Funchess and Melvin Gordon on offense and Adolphus Washington and Shilique Calhoun on defense. To be fair, my offensive picks had their moments last year, but I believe both become flat-out stars this fall.

Here’s what Big Ten fans said on Twitter:

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ChrisK on 8/15/2013 @ 3:56pm EDT Said:

David Kenney, I hope.

bigtengrad on 8/15/2013 @ 5:19pm EDT Said:

Gardner in New York? Me thinks you are sipping WAY too much of the maize & blue kool-aid. Familiarize yourselves with the name Randy Gregory.

Gary Moore on 8/15/2013 @ 6:02pm EDT Said:

Adolphus Washington OSU

reality check on 8/15/2013 @ 8:43pm EDT Said:

Yarina is a good soldier he is fair and objective I can’t wait to see the look on Doug’s face when Gardner lights upMSU for 400 yards ans six touchdowns Nov 2

OSU 12-0 on 8/18/2013 @ 6:49pm EDT Said:

Wow, you can tell reality check is a wal-mart wolverine fan!! lol
It will be OSU vs. MSU in the 2013 B1G football championship game!

carl on 8/20/2013 @ 10:42am EDT Said:

Imani Cross IB

Mark Rogers on 8/24/2013 @ 1:36pm EDT Said:

Gardner – 11 TD, 5 INT after starting year at WR. Borges has offense in place. Bowl prax, spring, summer, now fall – tons of reps with Gallon, Dileo & Funchess