Countdown to kickoff: West breakout player?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West breakout player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

See our other 2014 predictions:

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Dienhart: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska. Bo Pelini has compared him to former LSU great Glenn Dorsey, who he coached in Baton Rouge. Collins got his feet wet last year as a true freshman (12 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack) and flashed athletic ability and strength. He could be a force on the interior.


Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Merriman: Desmond King, DB, Iowa. King was one of four Iowa true freshmen to see the field last season. He played so well that he earned a starting spot at cornerback, becoming the team’s first true freshman to start in the secondary since 2002. He recorded 44 tackles, eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries on his way to being named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team. Now, entering his sophomore season, King becomes one of the top playmakers on a talented defense. Don’t be surprised if he develops into an All-Big Ten defensive back.


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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Yarina: Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin. It’s rarely, if ever, just one Wisconsin running back torching opposing defenses. This season, the big and powerful Clement will give the Badgers a second dangerous runner to go along with star Melvin Gordon. Clement ran for 547 yards and seven scores on 67 carries as the third option last year, so it will be fun to see what he does with, say, 170 totes.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (5 Comments)
word police on 8/6/2014 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

“totes”? Who says that? Definitely not a sportswriter who wants to be taken seriously.

Owns A Dictionary on 8/6/2014 @ 9:18pm EDT Said:

Dear Mr. Word Police,


carry, wield, or convey (something heavy or substantial).

Must’ve attended Nebraska or something.

Uhhhh on 8/6/2014 @ 10:52pm EDT Said:

Word police I’m pretty sure “totes” is a widely accepted synonym for “carries” within the sports community. I’m guessing that you read that as the shortening of the word “totally” which does sound absolutely moronic.

    Brent Yarina, Senior Editor on 8/7/2014 @ 10:11am EDT Said:

    Yes, that is correct. Would never use “totes” to shorten “totally,” be it in writing or speech.

HawkeyeShane83 on 8/7/2014 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

Wow this world is just a happy, happy place. Took time to comment about a word and was totally wrong in the way it was being used. Come on, is that really what people log on to comment on? Are you so perfect in your grammar that you are justified to (try) and point out an error? 😄

Regarding the article itself…Love the Desmond King choice. Hopefully he has more upside and can become that shutdown corner Iowa will need desperately this year. Go Hawks!!!