Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, February 11, 2015
SportingNews.com's Matt Hayes published his top 50 college football players for 2015 on Wednesday, and 10 Big Ten players made the cut.
Most noteworthy: Seven of the 10 are Ohio State Buckeyes, including No. 2 (Cardale Jones), No. 3 (J.T. Barrett), No. 5 (Ezekiel Elliott) and No. 7 (Joey Bosa).
The only non-Ohio State players in the top 5 are No. 1 Trevone Boykin (TCU) and No. 4 Nick Chubb (Georgia).
Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is the Big Ten's first non-Buckeyes player on the list, at No. 13. His quarterback, Connor Cook, is next on the list, at No. 23.
See Hayes' Big Ten players on top 50 list below.
No. 2: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
No. 3: J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
No. 5: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
No. 7: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
No. 13: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
No. 23: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
No. 39: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
No. 42: Adolphus Washington, DE, Ohio State
No. 46: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
No. 47: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
It's interesting to see Jones and Barrett at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, but two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller, the other option under center for Ohio State, nowhere to be found.
Another interesting tidbit: All 10 players reside in the Big Ten East, which is expected to be the superior division.
Got to think someone from the Big Ten West will be one of the conference's premier players. Guys like Wisconsin RB Corey Clement, Northwestern RB Justin Jackson and Minnesota DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, among others, come to mind.