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Athlon Sports: Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2016

For you Big Ten fans, I was asked to put together a list for Athlon Sports of wild card players from each Big Ten program for the 2016 season. In all, there is one offensive player and one defensive player I determined to be a wild card factor for each team based on a number of factors. Some players were merely incoming freshmen or players coming off a redshirt season, some were merely stepping in to fill big shoes left by a key player from a season ago, and others are just some players that I feel had a chance to get their feet wet in 2015 and could be ready to take their game up a notch this fall. Each team, including Purdue, has a wild card player on each side of the football. It should be noted I did not focus much energy on special teams players, but there was at least one player I felt could have an impact in that area as well.

This one took some time to put together, so I hope you will check it out and enjoy. Feel free to comment on these players over on Athlon Sports. Also, if case you missed it, I also provided some key stats for each Big Ten team heading into the 2016 season.

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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.