The Big Ten is going to look somewhat different defensively in 2012. Standout defensive players like Jerel Worthy, Whitney Mercilus and Devon Still will be plying their trade on Sundays from now on.
However, there is still a talented crop of defenders coming back. Some are already All-Big Ten performers, and some are looking to make the leap.
Earlier in the week, we looked at the top players vying for Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. Let's move to the other side of the ball and run down 10 likely candidates for Defensive Player of the Year.