On Monday, we began our list of the top 25 football players from around the Big Ten conference. Spots 21-25 have been revealed, and those can be found here.
Time to get back to it.
20. OL Erik Magnuson, Senior, Michigan
Like Mason Cole, who was featured earlier on this list, Magnuson is a versatile, reliable offensive lineman that the Wolverines will be counting on in 2016. He started every game at right tackle last season and was named to the All-Big Ten third team by both the media and coaches in 2015.
Michigan’s offensive line made great strides last season, but will have to take another step forward in 2016. Magnuson should be at the forefront of that and be one of the better tackles in the conference.
19. DE Tyquan Lewis, Junior, Ohio State
The Buckeyes have their work cut out for them in replacing Joey Bosa along the defensive line, but it will be easier to soften that blow with a player like Lewis up front.
Lewis is one of the best ends in the conference and more will be expected of him now without Bosa and Adolphus Washington up front. He had eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 2015 and he has a chance to build off of those numbers this upcoming season.
18. WR Amara Darboh, Senior, Michigan
The argument could be made that Darboh is one of the more underrated players at his position in the conference, but what he brings is extremely valuable to Michigan.
While not the burner that Jehu Chesson is, Darboh has excellent hands and is a very good possession receiver that moves the chains. He is far from simply being a check down option, but his reliability in the short passing game will make him a great asset for the quarterback Michigan breaks in during the early part of the season.
17. WR Jordan Westerkamp, Senior, Nebraska
Westerkamp may not be the biggest, tallest or most talented wide receiver in the conference, but he is a pretty darn good one and has made no shortage of highlight reel grabs in his career for the Huskers.
Nebraska’s passing game will depend on the up-and-down play of Tommy Armstrong, but Westerkamp is as sure-handed as it gets and could be a 1,000 yard receiver this season.
16. WR Chris Godwin, Junior, Penn State
Godwin was a breakout player last season for the Nittany Lions, finishing second in the conference with 1101 yards and hauled in five touchdowns. On paper, Penn State should be better this season across the board offensively and his efforts will be at the forefront of that.
He was named second team All-Big Ten a season ago by the media and third team by the coaches and he should only get better from there as the go-to wideout for Penn State in 2016.
That’s it for today! Check back in tomorrow for 15-10 on our list of the Big Ten’s top 25 players. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!