B1G spring position breakdown: DB
We're taking snapshots of each position group with every Big Ten team entering the spring. Up next: the defensive backs.Illinois: The secondary returns mostly intact from 2013, as Illinois returns starters at both cornerback spots (V'Angelo Bentley and Eaton Spence), as well as Zane Petty, who started the final seven games at free safety.
Wisconsin Badgers spring wrap
2012 record: 8-62012 conference record: 4-4 (third in Leaders Division, Big Ten champions)Returning startersOffense: 8; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 2Top returnersLB Chris Borland, S Dezmen Southward, LB Ethan Armstrong, RB James White, RB Melvin Gordon, G/T Ryan Groy, WR Jared Abbrederis, QB Joel Stave, QB Curt PhillipsKey lossesLB Mike Taylor, CB Devin Smith, CB Marcus Cromartie, RB Montee Ball, C Travis Frederick, T Ricky Wagner2012 statistical leaders (*returners)Rushing: Montee Ball (1,830 yards)Passing: Joel Stave* (1,104)Receiving: Jared Abbrederis* (837 yards)Tackles: Mike Taylor (123)Sacks: Brendan Kelly* and Tyler Dippel* (5)Interceptions: Devin Smith (4)Spring answers1.