Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big Ten for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Who is the best player in the Big Ten?

The balance of power in the Big Ten clearly rests with Ohio State and the East Division in 2015. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite to repeat as college football’s national champion, and one look at the expert poll results for the best players in the Big Ten solidifies why coach Urban Meyer’s team is the No. 1 pick for 2015.


Ohio State had four players voted among the top six, including two quarterbacks – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – while defensive end Joey Bosa was voted No. 1 among the experts polled by Athlon Sports. Additionally, Michigan State had two of the top six selections in this poll, and no player from a West Division team finished among the top 10 in this vote.


With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who are the best 15 players in the Big Ten for 2015?


In order to rank the top 15 players in the Big Ten for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.


A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.


The Voters
Writer Twitter Affiliation
Joe Hudson @HuskerMax HuskerMax.com
Doug Lesmerises @DougLesmerises Cleveland.com/OSU
Brent Yarina @BTNBrentYarina BTN.com
Marc Morehouse @MarcMorehouse The Cedar Rapids Gazette
Sean Callahan @Sean_Callahan HuskerOnline.com
Matt Brown @MattBrownCFB SportsonEarth.com
Eric Seger @EricSeger33 ElevenWarriors.com
Sam McKewon @SWMckewonOWH Omaha World-Herald
Steven Lassan @AthlonSteven Athlon Sports
Matt Brown @MattSBN SBNation/Land-Grant Holy Land
Brandon Cavanaugh @Eightlaces Eightlaces.com
Bryan Fischer @BryanDFischer National CFB Writer
Jeff Rapp @RappUp SportsRappUp.com
Kevin Noon @Kevin_Noon BuckeyeGrove.com
Braden Gall @BradenGall Athlon Sports
Jon Miller @HawkeyeNation HawkeyeNation.com
Mike Griffith @MikeGriffith32 MLive.com
Ben Jones @Ben_Jones88 StateCollege.com
Jim Weber @JimMWeber LostLettermen.com
David Fox @DavidFox615 Athlon Sports
Joe Rexrode @JoeRexrode Detroit Free Press
Brian Neubert @BrianNeubert GoldandBlack.com
Chip Minnich @ChipMinnich Athlon Contributor Network
Pete Volk @Pete_Volk SBNation/Testudo Times
Dustin Hockensmith @dhockensmith PennLive.com
Sammy Jacobs @Hoosier_Huddle HoosierHuddle.com
Tyler Waddell @Tyler_Waddell Today's U
Travis Miller @HammerAndRails HammerAndRails.com
Mitch Light @AthlonMitch Athlon Sports
J.P. Scott @TheJPScott Athlon Contributor Network
Mike Bainbridge @MikeBainbridge2 Athlon Contributor Network
Chris Dougherty @WarontheWeekend Athlon Contributor Network
Curt Hogg @CyrtHogg Bucky's 5th Quarter
Robert Boleyn @BoleynRobert Athlon Contributor Network
Mark Ross @AthlonMarkR Athlon Sports


Ranking the Big Ten's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)
Rank Player Team Total Points

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

(24 first-place votes)


Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

(7 first-place votes)


Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

(2 first-place votes)


J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State

(2 first-place votes)

5 Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State 317
6 Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State 243
7 Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State 238
8 Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State 225
9 Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State 214
10 Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State 183
11 Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin 169
12 Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State 153
13 Jack Allen, C, Michigan State 116
14 Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska 96
15 Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers 68
16 Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State 63
17 Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State 56
18 Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State 46
19 De'Mornay Pierson-El, WR/RS, Nebraska 32
20 DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State 29
21 Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State 27
22 Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin 23
23 Drew Ott, DE, Iowa 22
24 Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan 21
25 Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern 14
26T Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota 11
26T Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana 11
26T Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State 11
29 Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State 10
30T Pat Elflein, OG, Ohio State 9
30T Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State 9
32T Jake Butt, TE, Michigan 7
32T De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota 7
34T William Likely, CB, Maryland 6
34T Tyler Marz, LT, Wisconsin 6
34T Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska 6
34T Tanner McEvoy, WR/S, Wisconsin 6
34T Brad Craddock, P, Maryland 6
39T Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State 5
39T Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois 5
39T Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB, Purdue 5
39T Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska 5
43T Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan 4
43T Dan Voltz, C, Wisconsin 4
45T Jake Duzey, TE, Iowa 3
45T Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota 3
47 Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana 2
48T Frankie Williams, DB, Purdue 1
48T Sam Foltz, P, Nebraska 1
48T Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin 1
48T Lawrence Thomas, DE/DT, Michigan State 1

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