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Big Ten Wild Card Players in 2016

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You know the big names to take the field in the Big Ten this season, like Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett or Michigan hybrid safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers. We can go on for days about those players. If you want to dig a little deeper, however, you can uncover some players with the potential to be true wild cards for their teams and in the Big Ten championship hunt.

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Related: Big Ten Football 2016 Predictions

Whether they are incoming freshmen or players coming off a redshirt season, players looking to fill big shoes by a player that has moved on or simply just look like a player that could benefit form a change of scenery and coaching staff, the Big Ten has a number of players to keep an eye on this fall.

Big Ten East

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Indiana Hoosiers

Offense: Mitchell Paige, Wide Receiver

Indiana’s offense will look to spread the ball around through the air and Paige returns to help lead the receiving unit. Paige led the Hoosiers with six touchdown receptions in 2015 and should remain a dependable target this fall.

Defense: Jayme Thompson, Husky

Indiana’s pass defense left a lot to be desired last season but should improve as a young core continues to grow. Stepping into a key role will be Thompson in the new Husky position. If all goes well, Thompson could have an impact at the position.

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Maryland Terrapins