Debate It: Who will be 2014 Big Ten sacks leader?

Like sacks? You’re in luck in 2014, because the Big Ten boasts a boatload of talented pass-rushers. Here’s what’s back: Randy Gregory, last season’s leader (10.5), plus five of the next six 2013 leaders. Who will lead the Big Ten in sacks in 2014? Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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SACKS
2013 leader: Randy Gregory, Nebraska – 10.5
2014 returning leader: Randy Gregory, Nebraska – 10.5

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Tom Dienhart: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The guy arrived amid a ton of hype in 2013. And he delivered. Bosa debuted in Columbus with 7.5 sacks. Playing opposite Noah Spence, Bosa figures to get his share of single blocking. And he’ll make opponents pay.

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Sean Merriman: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska. Sure, this is probably the easy pick, and believe me, I love to go outside-the-box when I can back it up, but it’s impossible for me not to go with Gregory. This is a guy who racked up 10.5 sacks last season, which was 2.5 more than the next guy in line (Noah Spence). The Big Ten is loaded with talented pass rushers, but Gregory has a knack for getting to quarterbacks. Also, if you look at the new divisions, Nebraska is paired in the West with Illinois and Northwestern, two schools that graduated dual-threat quarterbacks and will be starting new, pro-style guys. That should result in even more sack opportunities for Mr. Gregory in 2014.

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Brent Yarina: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State. How good can Bosa be in his sophomore season? Consider this: the athletic end registered all 7.5 of his sacks after the first five games — meaning he averaged .83 sacks in the last nine contests. There’s no way Bosa will be shut out vs. the nonconference foes again this season, right? Right. With so much talent and depth across Ohio State’s line, Bosa will have no problem taking advantage of one-on-one matchups.

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JP on 7/22/2014 @ 10:28am EST Said:

Gregory without a doubt. He didn’t even have a pre-season with the team last year and still lead the league in sacks.

Rich on 7/22/2014 @ 2:04pm EST Said:

Jake Ryan will be a contender.He was injured in the spring game last year and was not able to get back until October last year, only playing in 8 games. This guy is a beast!

Mary Brennan on 7/22/2014 @ 3:54pm EST Said:

Randy Gregory, no question. Rock it, Randy!! GBR!!

B1Gfan MI on 7/22/2014 @ 4:07pm EST Said:

Taco Charleton. Dare you to single block him.

Doug on 7/22/2014 @ 7:20pm EST Said:

littlefan, he’s gonna get owned like your boy jake ryan did last year

Bobby on 7/22/2014 @ 10:12pm EST Said:

If Charleton is a Taco, Gregory is a grande burrito … El Tepeyac grande: http://manuelseltepeyac.com/challenge-winners

Jeff Isebrand on 7/22/2014 @ 10:19pm EST Said:

Don’t count out Iowa’s Carl Davis. He’s animal. And given the fact the Iowa has a rather favorable schedule this year…I think there are plenty of sack opportunities there.

Will on 7/23/2014 @ 12:20am EST Said:

^^^^^^^LOL^^^^^^^^

Charleton didn’t even start for his high school team

Doug on 7/23/2014 @ 4:19pm EST Said:

little fan keeps hoping michigan will be good again in his lifetime

Dominic Chan on 7/24/2014 @ 4:38am EST Said:

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