Big Ten football is built on tough-as-nails defense. The conference has become littered with talented players on the defensive side of the ball, which has led to a resurgence for the conference on the national stage.
This is a look at each team’s top defender for the 2013 season.
A number of skilled pass-rushers will take the field on Saturdays this fall, but the linebacker position is the most stacked unit inside the conference this year. These are the names that will provide the highlights this season on defense.