Top 5 football players scheduled to attend Big Ten media days
AnnArbor.com football reporter Dave Birkett will be in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday for the Big Ten Conference's annual media days. Here's a quick look at the best players scheduled to be in attendance next week.
1. Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: The league’s best defensive end passed up NFL riches to return for his senior season. He’s a first-team Playboy All-American, coming off an 11 Â½-sack season with a plethora of talent around him.
2. Greg Jones, Michigan State: The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (according to the media), Jones led the Big Ten and ranked third nationally with 154 tackles. He has a legitimate chance to be an All-American.
3. John Clay, Wisconsin: Clay is a long-shot Heisman Trophy candidate and the most physical back in the Big Ten. He rushed for 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, and is primed for a better 2010 after offseason ankle surgery.
4. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: He doesn’t get as much publicity as Clayborn and Jones, but Kerrigan is a disruptive player. He led the Big Ten with 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles last year, and could led the Boilers to a bowl this fall.
5. Evan Royster, Penn State: Royster has two straight 1,100-yard rushing seasons, and Penn State will rely on him more heavily than ever this fall. The Nittany Lions are breaking in a new quarterback and lost their best defensive players.