Friday morning, ESPN released its way-too-early defensive back rankings for the Big Ten, and for Cornhusker and Wildcat fans, it’s a fantastic read as Nebraska and Northwestern are at the top of the list.
There were four categories in this ranking: “best of the best,” “runners-up,” “team that could surprise,” and “teams that need to step up.”
Here’s some of what ESPN writer Austin Ward had to say about the Cornhuskers and Wildcats, but you should check out the piece (linked above) for all the details:
With Kieron Williams, Aaron Williams and Chris Jones combining for 11 interceptions last season and Joshua Kalu in the fold as well, the Huskers have depth and stability in the secondary that few teams can match — even with Nathan Gerry no longer in the program.
The Wildcats aren’t far behind thanks to Godwin Igwebuike’s decision to return for another season, bypassing the NFL draft to try to boost his stock after racking up 108 tackles with a pair of interceptions last year.
Ohio State’s highly touted incoming DB class landed in the “runners up” category, along with Indiana and 2016 Big Ten-leading pass defender Rashard Fant.
Wisconsin was the team that Ward argued could surprise with DB play, while Michigan State and Rutgers are pegged at the bottom of the conference.