The Big Ten conference had an impressive 2016 college football season. Four teams from Big Ten were clear contenders for the National title race all through the season.
Consequently, Big Ten fits into the conversation about the best football conference in the Nation.
Here are the top five replaceable players in the Conference according to Athlonsports.com:
The Buckeyes coached by Urban Meyer didn’t limit Samuel just as a running back in 2016. He became the most dynamic playmaker in an offense that gravely needed someone to lessen the burden off quarterback J.T. Barrett. He delivered in 10 of 13 games this season and put up 100-or-more combined rushing and receiving yards in total. Samuel pulled off 25 percent of Ohio State’s touchdowns on the season.
The linebacker continued to produce great tackles in 2016 for Buckeyes. His perfect build up along with speed at this position made him Ohio State’s best overall defender this season. Buckeyes’ strongest opponents – Michigan and Clemson saw McMillan’s best tackles, a combined 31 in total.
One of the reasons of Michigan’ impregnable defense was Lewis’ ability to cover half the field. Lewis is one of two true shutdown corners in the conference, the other being Iowa’s Desmond King. His athleticism allows him to play bigger than his 5-foot-11, 190-pound structure. He has become Michigan’s all-time high in pass breakups.
Hawkeye offense in the past two season would have smoked up if Beathard was not there to lead. He does everything in his power go that inch needed to win. His leadership skills and infectious strong-willed personality in the quarterback position will be most missed by the Hawkeyes.
Michigan’s relied on its defense in 2016, and Charlton powered the great wall. Charlton put up 9.5 sacks even after missing two games this season. Consequently, he led the team to finish 14th in the national list. Charlton’s athleticism ranks him as one of the best pass rushers in the nation right now.