The Big Ten Conference has seen its share of outstanding athletes on the football field through the years.
From the speedy Michael Bennett, to the elusive Desmond Howard, to the human steamroller Ron Dayne, there has been no shortage of mind-blowing talent on the gridirons of the Midwest.
This season will be no different. While the SEC takes pride in sporting the nation's best combination of size and speed in shoulder pads, Big Ten fans have a great deal to be excited about for Saturdays to come.
Here are the top 10 athletes that Big Ten football has to offer in 2012.