The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, march on with ...
No. 13: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska, Sr., 5-10, 205
2010 numbers: Started 13 games; recorded four interceptions, which ranked fifth in the Big 12; had seven pass breakups and 30 tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry
Why he's here: Overshadowed by All-American Prince Amukamara the past two seasons, Dennard will be in the spotlight this fall as Nebraska's No. 1 cornerback and one of the best in the country. He showed big-play ability with the four interceptions and helped Nebraska finish third nationally in pass efficiency defense and fifth in passing yards allowed. Dennard earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches and was a first-team all-conference selection on colleague David Ubben's ballot. The senior's presence certainly softens the blow of losing Amukamara and gives Nebraska a top cover man against the Big Ten's top receivers. Dennard is the Blackshirts' third national awards candidate alongside linebacker Lavonte David and tackle Jared Crick.
No. 25: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
No. 24: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
No. 22: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
No. 21: Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois
No. 20: John Simon, DL, Ohio State
No. 19: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
No. 18: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
No. 17: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
No. 16: Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
No. 15: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
No. 14: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State