Dienhart: Ranking the Big Ten's top 7 quarterbacks

Apr 16, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Scarlet Team quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) high fives fans after the Ohio State Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Barrett runs for TD at Michigan

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Without a good quarterback, a team has little chance to enjoy a glorious season. The Big Ten will feature several good signal-callers in 2016, led by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett. In fact, Barrett just may be the league’s best hope to win the Heisman.

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Big Ten links: Scroll through Tuesday best headlines

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In case you missed this, and I’m sure you did, Purdue DT Ra’Zahn Howard is in the upcoming NFL supplemental draft, according to reports. Yes, Howard was an underachiever, but the Boilermakers sure could have used his run-stuffing skills and size on the interior. But he didn’t take care of academics and was suspended for the spring. Now, he’s gone for good.

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Dienhart: Big Ten West offensive backfield unit rankings

Oct 17, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) runs the ball during the second half of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field.

Akrum Wadley takes it for the score at Indiana

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This time last year, few could have envisioned the historic season Iowa was about to enjoy. The Hawkeyes started the season 12-0, a first, and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season after playing in their first Big Ten title game. This season shapes up well, too, beginning with a loaded backfield.

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