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June 9, 2011

Ranking the Big Ten: Wide Receiver

As Nebraska moves into the Big Ten Conference, HuskerOnline.com will get you ready with ranking analysis pieces breaking down each position in the league. Today we look at the wide receiver position in the Big Ten heading into 2011.

NOTE: Ohio State's DeVier Posey was left off of the list due to his suspension.
1. Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern, 6-0, 195, Sr.
Senior Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert led the Big Ten in receiving yards with 953 a year ago on 62 receptions. With veteran quarterback Dan Persa returning, the Wildcats should have the league's most formidable passing duo.
2. Damarlo Belcher, Indiana, 6-5, 214, Sr.
First-year Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has worked more than his fair share of wide receivers in days at Oklahoma with Bob Stoops. Expect Wilson to really build things around 6-foot-5, 214 pound senior wide-out Damarlo Belcher this fall. In 2010, Belcher hauled in a league best 78 catches for 832 yards and four touchdowns.
3. Marvin McNutt, Iowa, 6-4, 215, Sr.
Iowa loses a lot of playmakers off their 2010 team, but they do return one of the Big Ten's top wide receivers in senior Marvin McNutt. The 6-foot-4, 215 pound McNutt had 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and he'll be the Hawkeyes main receiving threat again in 2011. McNutt has proven to be a great red zone target as well and you can argue he may have been one of the Big Ten's best in that area last season.
4. Derek Moye, Penn State, 6-5, 200, Sr.
Penn State's offense will be led by the 6-foot-5, 200 pound Derek Moye at wide receiver. As a junior Moye hauled in 53 catches for 885 yards and eight touchdowns…the biggest question though for 2011 is what type of quarterback play will PSU have to go with him?
5. Roy Roundtree, Michigan, 6-0, 176, Jr.
As a sophomore Michigan's Roy Roundtree caught 72 passes for 935 yards and seven touchdowns in Rich Rodriguez's spread offense. The biggest question now is how he will blend into Brady Hoke's traditional pro style system.



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