We’ve come to the cream of the crop in the Big Ten football Top 25 players list. Yes, We’ve reached the top 10 players for the 2014 season.
By this point, it has become about splitting hairs and personal preferences. That said, there was little doubt that these players belong near the top of the group of Big Ten players in 2014.
So, let’s look at the top of the heap…at least the first half of that heap.
10. Rob Havenstein, OT (Wisconsin)
Wisconsin’s massive senior right tackle proved to be a key cog in one of the best running games in FBS football this season. There may not have been a better or more reliable right tackle in the country actually, and it showed with him earning first-team All-Big Ten honors and being invited to the 2015 Senior Bowl at the end of this year.
He was huge in allowing running back Melvin Gordon to break ex-Badger Ron Dayne’s Big Ten single-season rushing record. Additionally, he was part of an offensive line that allowed just 12 sacks on the season. That was good for second in the Big Ten and ninth in the country.
Wisconsin has been able to depend on Havenstein for three years, and this may have been the best season we’ve seen from a Badgers offensive line since 2010, which saw all five of those starters eventually be drafted in to the NFL. Guess who was the leader of this group? Havenstein.