Last week we covered the players who are top stars in the Big Ten in an all-conference team for spring football. But for every good side, there is a bad side lurking in the shadows and ready to strike.
In this case, that bad side is players who are doomed to underachieve in 2013. Whether by putting up huge numbers that will be impossible to repeat (and thus setting expectations way too high), or just being stuck in a bad situation, there are good players on almost every team who will certainly achieve less than what fans expect in 2013.
For example, Ryan Shazier of Ohio State almost made the list because his statistics and presence on the field were ridiculous in 2012: 115 tackles, 17 for loss, 5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, 1 interception and 3 forced fumbles. One would figure he simply cannot put up those numbers again, although perhaps he will as the only returning starter in the entire front seven for the Buckeye defense.
However, there is enough uncertainty there to keep Shazier off the list...well that, and my rule to keep only one player from any team on the list. Can't spread the disappointment too thick anywhere in Big Ten country.
So who did make the list of the players doomed to underachieve? Let's start with one of Shazier's teammates.