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July 8, 2014

Best of the B1G: Quarterbacks

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We are less than a month away from B1G Media Days and excitement about the college football season is starting to grow with each passing day. The Big Ten grew from 12 to 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers and the league finally got rid of the "Leaders and Legends" and have settled on the much more palatable "East and West" divisions.

As we focus on getting through July, the last month without football for the foreseeable future, we take a look at the Big Ten and each of the position groups. Who are some of the names you need to know and where do they rank in the big picture within the talent of the league?

Each day we will focus on a different position as we put it up to a staff vote for the top five players in the league at each position.

Rank Bio The Skinny
1. Braxton Miller
Ohio State
6-foot-2, 216 pounds
The Buckeyes are expecting another special season out of Braxton Miller, as the senior returns for what is essentially his fourth year as a starter. The dynamic dual threat quarterback will have a very serious chance to become the only three-time Silver Football winner in Big Ten history, the Buckeyes' 8th Heisman winner, and the leader of a team in contention for a national title.
2. Connor Cook
Michigan State
6-foot-4, 219 pounds
Cook entered last season as an underdog, battling three other Spartan signal-callers for the starting job throughout fall camp and into the beginning of the season. After winning the job in the third week, Cook never looked back. A postseason stud who averaged over 300 yards passing per game in the final two contests, Cook returns alongside standout running back Jeremy Langford and his top two pass-catchers.
3. Christian Hackenberg
Penn State
6-foot-4, 220 pounds
Hackenberg looks to help the Nittany Lions improve on last year's .500 record in the Big Ten under new head coach James Franklin. While many have already anointed him the next NFL can't-miss quarterback, Hackenberg loses three of the starters along his offensive line, as well as standout safety blanket Allen Robinson.
4. Devin Gardner
6-foot-4, 218 pounds
Gardner looks to help Brady Hoke and Michigan get their first win in Columbus since the turn of the millennium. After placing second in Michigan quarterback history in total yards (3,443) and touchdowns, (32) Gardner will need to be even better after losing Taylor Lewan, Fitz Toussaint, and Jeremy Gallon to the NFL, among others.
5. Joel Stave
6-foot-5, 225 pounds
Stave has dealt with injury issues over the course of his career, including a right shoulder injury that kept him out for part of spring ball. The returning starter will look to improve his output of nearly 2500 yards and 22 touchdowns while cutting down on his 13 interceptions.
Also Considered: C.J. Brown - Maryland, Nate Sudfeld - Indiana

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