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July 19, 2014

Best of the B1G: Safeties

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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.

Other Positions: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Center | Guard | Tackle | Defensive End | Defensive Tackle | Outside Linebackers | Inside Linebackers

Rank Bio The Skinny
1. Kurtis Drummond
Michigan State
6-foot-1, 200 pounds
After four interceptions, 91 tackles, first-team All-Big Ten honors, a Big Ten championship, and a win in Pasadena, Kurtis Drummond has nothing left to prove to Michigan State fans or pro scouts. But the 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety decided to return for his senior season and to patrol the "No Fly Zone" one more time. Drummond is a near lock to be a first round pick in the 2015 NFL draft and should be one of the nation's best safeties.
2. Ibraheim Campbell
5-foor-11, 205 pounds
Ibraheim Campbell may not be the best defensive back in the Big Ten, but he is almost certainly the most important one to his team's defensive efforts. Campbell has returned for his fourth year as a starter at Northwestern and will be the backbone and leader of the Wildcats' defense. He'll be a part of an effort to reverse last year's disappointing season in Evanston.
3. Sean Davis
6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Sean Davis is undoubtedly the most important man on the Terrapins defense, totaling 102 tackles as a sophomore in the ACC. Back as a junior, Davis will look to continue his stellar performances in Big Ten territory and parlay his success into NFL attention.
4. Corey Cooper
6-foot-1, 215 pounds
Another crucial returning senior, Corey Cooper led the Blackshirts with 91 tackles last season and earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention, despite his disappointing tally of only one interception. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety is a crucial part of creating the hard-nosed identity at Nebraska, frequently playing down in the box.
5. Adrian Amos
Penn State
6-foot, 209 pounds
Amos made the move from cornerback to safety last year and has been one of the leaders of the secondary for the Nittany Lions. Amos doesn't have the most impressive stat line of the list but his impact is much deeper than number of tackles or fumbles forced or passes intercepted.
Also Considered: Lorenzo Waters - Rutgers, Vonn Bell - Ohio State

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