Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Quarterbacks

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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2011 Quarterbacks
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It's looking to be a funny year for quarterbacks in the Big Ten.

Firstly, a substantial number of returning starters made as much of a name for themselves as runners in 2010 as they did as passers.

To begin with, there is a returning starter in Minnesota. The thing is, he was a starting receiver in 2010.

There is a maelstrom of quarterback controversy at both Penn State and Nebraska, and Purdue will have to decide between Robert Marve or Rob Henry under center.

Dan Persa should be the best returning quarterback in the conference, but he is coming off a late-season Achilles tendon tear, which brings into question his rushing abilities.

Denard Robinson ran up Techmo Bowl stats last season. The problem is he left 10 of 12 games with an injury of some sort, and he will have to learn a new offense.

And speaking of new offenses, the following teams will be employing new offensive coordinators: Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State. And new offensive coordinators mean, if not entirely new offenses, then, at the very least, a lot of new wrinkles.

Ohio State was supposed to have a returning starter at quarterback, but that didn't work out.

And then there is the Russell Wilson transfer to Wisconsin.

So, how things shape up for Big Ten signal callers is anybody's guess.

Nevertheless, here is mine.

 

A few notes

The players in italics are returning starters. A "returning starter," for my purposes, is any player that has started four or more games in his career.

Players in italics and bold denote multi-year starters.

Players with an asterisk next to their names were first or second team, media or coaches, all-conference last season.

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