Countdown to kickoff: West scariest 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 scariest player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

See our other 2014 predictions:

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Dienhart: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. No offense to Ameer Abdullah, but Gordon is the most electric running back in the Big Ten—if not the nation. He’s the quintessential “big play waiting to happen,” and he scares defenses, defensive coordinators, coaches, fans, everyone.


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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Merriman: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa. Here’s a 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle who can throw around opposing defensive linemen at his own will. Just writing that alone solidifies my vote for Scherff, the weight room legend. Not only is this guy huge in stature, but he plays with an attitude out on the gridiron. I think Iowa RB Mark Weisman described Scherff best when he said, “he’s not just a weight room freak, he’s a football freak.


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Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Yarina: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska. When I think intimidating or scary, I always think of feared pass-rushers, the guys capable of making quarterbacks quiver at the line of the scrimmage. Gregory is that man. He’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s a hitter, and he’s the reigning Big Ten sacks leader. You can bet every quarterback knows where he is and has his eyes on him before each snap.


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (9 Comments)
bob jones on 8/14/2014 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

And by all reports, Gregory has improved considerably from last year. Husker defensive line has chance to be very, very good.

Jonathan I. on 8/14/2014 @ 12:57pm EDT Said:

Scherff could probably start in the NFL right now.

Michael Garvey on 8/14/2014 @ 12:57pm EDT Said:

gotta be Brandon Scherff!!! Man among kittens on the gridiron!!

Tony on 8/14/2014 @ 1:30pm EDT Said:

Scherff is scary……

Lee on 8/14/2014 @ 2:25pm EDT Said:

Randy Gregory isnt big enough to be scary. He looks really skinny for a D lineman

Dave on 8/14/2014 @ 2:52pm EDT Said:

Freddy Kruger was scary

nathan on 8/14/2014 @ 8:46pm EDT Said:

Gregory is a linebacker

jeremy on 8/18/2014 @ 12:41am EDT Said:

Gregory barely, if ever, lined up against Scherff last year in Lincoln. That was smart on Nebraskas part but just goes to show everyone that the supposedly best pass rusher in the Big 10 and maybe even nation wouldnt even go head to head with Scherff. Scherff is a STUD!

matt on 8/18/2014 @ 10:35am EDT Said:

I think you guys should ask the players in interviews who they think is the scariest player in the division……. there would probably be better insight to whom they fear/respect.

as for these guys, individual linemen and linebackers on scherff’s side will fear him, invert that for gregory on the offensive side, linemen, TE, qb will fear gregory……. BUT entire defenses, coordinators and to a lesser extent head coaches all fear gordon…… he’s a consistent big play waiting to happen, he’s also proven to be durable. seems like most feared to me