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The best player in the Big Ten is…

I have made no secret just how much I think of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. For a couple of seasons now I have stood firm on my stance that Miller is the best player in the Big Ten… when healthy. When asked a few weeks ago to rank the top 15 players in the Big Ten for Athlon Sports, Miller was a lock to top my personal list. I submitted my ranking with Miller on top just days before we learned the Buckeyes quarterback will be sidelined for the entire 2014 season with an injury to his throwing shoulder (right shoulder). This was the same shoulder he injured during the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and had operated on this offseason.

With Miller out for the season before it kicks off, the voters assembled by Athlon Sports were asked to re-rank our lists with Miller out of the mix. I can only assume Miller would have come out on top of the ranking before it was in need of some quick editing, so I was curious which players would come out on top once the new ranking was organized.

Melvin GordonI am not too surprised who the new number one is in the Big Ten; Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

Michigan State defensive end Shilque Calhoun and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff prove the Big Ten is led by linemen, which may speak volumes about the conference’s image.

Nebraska actually had two players in the top five according to this ranking, with running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive end Randy Gregory going back-to-back to round out the top five.

Check out the full list on Athlon Sports to see how the full ranking played out.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.