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

The Big Ten returns one of its interception leaders (Blake Countess, 6) and five of its runner-ups (4). The interception race figures to be a close one, but who will finish the season on top?

Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

2013 leader: Ricardo Allen, Purdue & Blake Countess, Michigan – 6
2014 returning leader: Blake Countess, Michigan – 6

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Tom Dienhart: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. With Darqueze Dennard gone, the junior is now considered to be the Spartans’ top corner. And he’ll likely be tested. Waynes will benefit from the pressure generated by the front and seize on mistakes with his aggressive play.


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Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Merriman: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State. This is going to be close, but with Darqueze Dennard off to the NFL, I think Waynes steps up as a big-time playmaker. Remember, MSU has two exceptional defensive ends in Shilique Calhoun and Marcus Rush, who are going to put constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That could lead to arid throws, and I believe Waynes will be a guy who takes advantage. Waynes recorded three interceptions and five pass-breakups last season. Look for those numbers to double in 2014.


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Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Yarina: Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State. Drummond enters his final season with eight career interceptions. Fresh off a season in which he picked off a career-high four balls, including one of the best picks of the season (watch video above), he’s also the new leader of the stingy “No Fly Zone.” Drummond is a playmaker, and he’ll benefit from another strong defensive line rushing the quarterback’s throws.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (12 Comments)
GC on 7/23/2014 @ 10:33am EDT Said:

Jourdan Lewis, Michigan…. mark it down.

RDO on 7/23/2014 @ 11:38am EDT Said:

GC is on to something . . . Michigan’s defense line is underrated and its linebackers are among the best in the B1G. By the end of November, Jourdan, Countess, and Peppers produce more picks than MSU . . . Clip and save.

nate on 7/23/2014 @ 12:26pm EDT Said:

Michigan State’s CB or S will… That wasnt much of a debate now was it? Im calling Northwestern as a team will lead, with Campbell as the leader if his hands improve from last year.

Rick Fangman on 7/23/2014 @ 12:39pm EDT Said:

Desmond King – Iowa.

scott on 7/23/2014 @ 1:48pm EDT Said:

here countess led last year but no one picking him this year go figure… BTN thats why

Brett on 7/23/2014 @ 2:20pm EDT Said:

There it is^. Sleeper CB – King.

Doug on 7/23/2014 @ 2:49pm EDT Said:

GC and RDO, MSU didn’t have that many pics last year, yet it’s secondary was best in the BIG. INT’s aren’t everything, pass breakups mean a lot too, and Michigan’s secondary gave up a hell of a lot more big plays than MSU’s did…..

Matt on 7/23/2014 @ 2:51pm EDT Said:

Not a debate. Randy Gregory will lead the league in every statistical category available, including interceptions…and will win the Heisman as the first defensive player since Charles Woodson. 🙂

MSU#1-Rose Bowl Win, B1G Champs! 13-1! 42 wins in 4 years! on 7/23/2014 @ 3:16pm EDT Said:

Go Green!

Brett (no, not the same one as above) on 7/23/2014 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

Desmond King will probably have plenty of chances. He’s just a true Soph, so may not be on too many QB’s and radars as a CB to throw away from. We’ll see if he can capitalize on his opportunities.

bob on 7/23/2014 @ 10:32pm EDT Said:

I agree with both Brett’s!

Gurndogg on 7/25/2014 @ 1:30pm EDT Said:

LMAFO at GC & RDO as you both are funny as hell. I don’t even think Peppers is the best CB coming in to the BIG & the one that is will be 2nd team player behind better CB’s as he is Webb of OSU an he might not be better than Lattimore either. Don’t count out any of the BUCK’s here either as they are gonna be good. GO BUCK’s!!!! OH——