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Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. Chryst has talent back to work with. The offense returns the likes of RBs Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale, WRs Robert Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy, TE Troy Fumagalli and offensive linemen like Dan Voltz and Michael Deiter. The defense has back LBs T.J. Edwards, Jack Cichy and Vince Biegel, along with NT Arthur Goldberg, E Chikwe Obasih and CB Sojourn

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Purdue Boilermakers

Darrell Hazell continues to try to get this program on solid footing as he enters his fourth season at the helm. Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The quarterback situation has been a sore spot under Hazell, who has switched signal-callers during the season each of the last three years. Austin Appleby began the season No. 1 but lost his job and subsequently transferred to Florida. Who will be the guy this year: David Blough, who replaced Appleby, or Elijah Sindelar, a highly

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Penn State Nittany Lions

James Franklin’s third Penn State team has some challenges with an altered coaching staff and a number of player transfers. Amid the turnover, Franklin will try to take the next step in State College after going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons and 6-10 overall in the Big Ten. This remains a young roster that teems with promising talent.

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Ohio State Buckeyes

Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season. Yes, he will have some building blocks for his fifth squad, including the likes of LB Raekwon McMillan, Gs Billy Price and Pat Elflein, DE Tyquan Lewis, CB Gareon

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern had a big bounce-back season in 2015, posting 10 victories after consecutive 5-7 campaigns. A 10-win season preceded that 2013-14 slump. Pat Fitzgerald looks to keep the mojo going in Evanston and avoid a repeat of a backslide after a big season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The Wildcats will have plenty of building blocks in 2016. The offense will have players like QB Clayton Thorson, RB Justin Jackson, Ts Eric Olson and Black Hance, WR Austin Carr, SB Garrett Dickerson and WR/RB Solomon Vault, among others. The defense has back CB

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. It seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a confounding way to lose a game. At least the Huskers finished on an up note, going 3-1 in their last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] But prospects look good in 2016. The Huskers welcome back lots of talent, including QB Tommy Armstrong, RB Terrell Newby, WR Jordan Westerkamp and WR De’Mornay Pierson-El on offense and CB Josh Kalu, LB Dedrick Young, LB Michael Rose-Ivey and

Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons. The staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach. Still, there is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season. Claeys has talent to work with in players like QB Mitch Leidner, RBs Shannon Brooks

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Michigan State

The Michigan State machine rolls on. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Spartans won double-digit games to go along with three Big Ten championships. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons, reaching the playoffs for the first time last season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Mark Dantonio has a strong foundation laid. Players come and go, but the Spartans always play well. That’s a credit to a strong coaching staff that has been marked by stability. Still, replicating

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Michigan Wolverines

By most accounts, Jim Harbaugh’s debut at Michigan was a rousing success. He inherited a 5-7 team and turned it into a 10-3 squad with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl to end the season. The losses all were “quality,” as the Wolverines fell at Utah, vs. Michigan State and vs. Ohio State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] No doubt, this is a program with as much promise as any in the Big Ten, as Harbaugh continues to fold in talent that he has recruited. Most of last year’s key contributors