Debate It: Who will be 2014 passing TD leader?

Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season.

Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again?

See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

2013 leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24
2014 returning leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24

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Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Dienhart: Wes Lunt, Illinois. I know, the guy never has thrown a pass in Champaign. But I think the Illini attack will be built around Lunt and his ability to throw. Why not? He’ll be the best player on offense, able to raise the play of those around him. The guy is gonna be a stud.


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Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Merriman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State. This guy lived up to the hype, and then some during his freshman season. Now, it’s time for Hackenberg to take the next step in his development, which is scary to think about. The Nittany Lions’ signal caller threw 20 touchdowns, to go along with 2,955 yards, last season. The loss of do-it-all receiver Allen Robinson will be challenging, but Hackenberg has other wide receiver targets ready to step up, as well as a great trio of tight ends.


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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Yarina: Connor Cook, Michigan State. No one has forgotten the Big Ten title game or Rose Bowl Game performances, have they? If so, Cook torched Ohio State and Stanford for a combined 636 yards and five TDs in the two biggest games of his life. He tossed 22 scoring strikes last season, which tied for second in the Big Ten, plus he hardly played in the first two weeks. Cook is only getting better, and he has an underrated and deep receiving corps at his disposal.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (17 Comments)
Nykki on 7/25/2014 @ 8:46am EDT Said:

C.J. Brown

Darrell Frazier on 7/25/2014 @ 8:50am EDT Said:

What about Nate Sudfeld? Being the full time starter now, he’s bound to put up some huge numbers this season.

Kevin McGuire on 7/25/2014 @ 9:10am EDT Said:

I think the answer comes down to Miller and Hackenberg, the two best quarterbacks in the conference this season. I have trouble putting enough faith in the offense at Illinois right now, and I think Michigan State gets by more on the running game and defense. If Miller stays healthy, he probably gets the edge in the end.

MSU#1-Rose Bowl Win, B1G Champs! 13-1! 42 wins in 4 years! on 7/25/2014 @ 10:25am EDT Said:

It’s going to be a great B1G year!

Al on 7/25/2014 @ 10:46am EDT Said:

Nate Sudfeld. Mark it down.

Doug on 7/25/2014 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

the way Cook played in the B!G title game and the Rose Bowl, I wouldn’t write him off so quickly…

Tory on 7/25/2014 @ 1:58pm EDT Said:

B Miller also missed 3 games! So had he done what Kenny G did against Cal and Fla Atlantic, it would easily be 30 or so. Miller also now has more weapons and faster ones. So anyone besides Miller, is a joke!

D. Leapheart on 7/25/2014 @ 4:12pm EDT Said:

I have to agree with Brent, Connor Cook and the MSU offense was a mess in the first 3-4 weeks of the season last year, Connor Cook just seems to have the better opportunity with an offense that will pound the ground, it will allow for the play action to open the field! #SpartanDawgs #GoGreen

Bob G on 7/25/2014 @ 8:05pm EDT Said:

He mentioned Cook didn’t play in 2 games, failed to mention Brax didn’t play in 3. j/s

Bryce on 7/26/2014 @ 10:39am EDT Said:


Big Ten Fan on 7/26/2014 @ 7:42pm EDT Said:

I have Sudfield. No defense plus Wilson’s offense equals a ton of yards and touchdowns through the air. But Christian Hackenberg is the unquestioned top dog at the position in the Big Ten.

Greg White (@Boomer64gaw) on 7/27/2014 @ 8:44pm EDT Said:


greg on 7/27/2014 @ 8:53pm EDT Said:

keep underestimating MSU, we love it! see you in Indy.

Aaron Markworth on 8/22/2014 @ 4:36pm EDT Said:

Don’t sleep on Siemian. ‘Cats going back to the air in 2014.

Ben Sears on 8/22/2014 @ 6:26pm EDT Said:

Sudfeld, easily.

Mike on 8/23/2014 @ 1:10am EDT Said:

miller is out so…… sudfeld

Bill on 8/23/2014 @ 4:53pm EDT Said:

No respect as usual for IU – Sudfeld obviously.