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Projecting Big Ten Football's Most Improved Players for 2013 (Leaders Division)

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Projecting Big Ten Football's Most Improved Players for 2013 (Leaders Division)
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Ryan Shazier was an easy pick for most improved in 2012, but who will break out in 2013?

When it comes to most improved players, every team in Big Ten football could use some emerging stars heading into the 2013 season. Whether competing for a national or conference title or just looking for bowl eligibility, every team will need help from unexpected places to reach its goals.

Part of the reason national perception of the conference is down has been a lack of such standout improvements for many of these teams on a consistent, annual basis.

However, some of the newer coaches in the league such as Urban Meyer, Jerry Kill and Brady Hoke appear to be capable of honing these young talented players into stars. With just a few players making the leap from "just OK" or "mediocre" to "great player," a coach can ensure his program (and his job prospects) stays headed in the right direction.

So which player on each Big Ten football team is ready for a breakout improvement season?

Whether the improvement comes from being more healthy, having new coaches in place or just receiving a better opportunity for an underachieving player in 2012, each of the players on the following slides is ready to be a star or a key contributor in 2013.

Let's take a look at the projected most improved players in Big Ten football this year, starting with the Leaders Division.

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