staff, August 28, 2014

With 2014 kickoff just hours away, it's time for me to release my preseason Big Ten Player Rankings. Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff tops my top five. Agree? Let me know in the comment section at the bottom of the post. Who else made my list? Watch the video in this post.

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Here's my take on each player:

5. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

He's the leading returning rusher in the Big Ten this year.

4. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

He's going to be the lynchpin to what should be another tremendous Spartan defense.

3. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

The best defensive end in the Big Ten.

2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Just a big play waiting to happen.

1. Brandon Scherff, LT, Iowa

A real monster for that Iowa offensive line.

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