The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, continue with ...
No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa, Sr., 6-4, 215
2010 numbers: Led Iowa in both receptions (53) and receiving yards (861) and finished second on the squad in touchdown receptions (8); finished sixth in the Big Ten in receiving yards average (66.2 ypg) and tied for ninth in receptions average (4.1 rpg); 16.2 yards-per-catch average ranked third among the Big Ten's top receivers.
Why he's here: McNutt earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches last season and should see his production increase as he becomes Iowa's clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver. After starting 18 games the past two seasons, McNutt will be instrumental in helping new starting quarterback James Vandenberg this fall. He's a big target who can stretch the field and reach the end zone, as he has scored eight touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. McNutt has averaged 17.6 yards per reception in his two seasons as a receiver and definitely enters 2011 on the NFL draft radar. He missed spring ball following surgeries on his shoulder and thumb but will be fine for the season. Although the Big Ten features several excellent No. 1 receivers, McNutt is near the top of the list.