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June 4, 2013

Ranking the Big Ten: Cornerback

As Nebraska moves into its third season in 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 cornerback position in the Big Ten heading into 2013.

1. Bradley Roby, Ohio State, 5-11, 193, Jr.
Considered a potential first round draft pick, Nebraska fans should be well aware for Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, who returned an interception for a touchdown against the Huskers last season in Columbus. The 5-foot-11, 193 pound Roby had 63 total tackles, 17 pass deflections, two interceptions, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack in 2013. Look for Roby to potentially contend for All-American honors this season.
2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, 5-11, 188, Sr.
Another familiar name to Nebraska fans is Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The Georgia native is a cousin of former Husker and current New England Patriot defensive back Alfonzo Dennard. The ball-hawking Dennard had three interceptions and seven pass deflections in 2012 and he'll be expected to anchor down the cornerback position for the Spartans with the departure of Johnny Adams.
3. Ciante Evans, Nebraska, 5-11, 190, Sr.
There arguably isn't better nickel corner in the Big Ten than Nebraska senior Ciante Evans. In 2012 Evans showed his value by shutting down several different teams slot receivers, including Northwestern's Kain Colter. The question going forward is can Evans take his game to another level as a seniors? Head coach Bo Pelini will be counting on Evans to be one of the leaders for his young defense in 2013.
4. Ricardo Allen, Purdue, 5-9, 186, Sr.
Purdue will look towards senior cornerback Ricardo Allen to be one of the faces of their football team in 2013. The 5-foot-9, 186 pound Allen is considered one of the Boilermakers best overall players, as he had 45 tackles, four tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, five pass deflections and one interception a year ago. Look for Allen to possibly push for All-Big Ten honors in 2013.
5. Nick VanHoose, Northwestern, 6-0, 185, Sr.
Named to the Big Ten's All-Freshman team in 2012, Northwestern sophomore cornerback Nick VanHoose is looking to take another step forward in 2013. The Ohio native had three interceptions and seven pass deflections last season, and he'll be counted on to be a lockdown corner for the Wildcats in 2013.



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