The electrifying runner hopes to pass better this season; if successful, he'll be unstoppable.
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Coming off a 39-touchdown campaign, the all-purposeyardage leader (159.2) needs 11 scores to own the conference mark.
3 of 26Bill Frakes/SI
Burkhead averaged nearly 22 carries per game for Nebraska. As goes their workhorse, so go the Huskers.
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His darting speed and keen cuts allow the Badgers to stretch the field.
5 of 26Stephen Mally/Icon SMI
Fast and physical, Iowa's go-to receiving threat will haul in many more than his 50 grabs of 2011.
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After his 14-catch 2011, he'll be a huge beneficiary of Urban Meyer's offense -- provided he can stay out of trouble after returning fromsuspension.
7 of 26Stephen Mally/Icon SMI
The durable (22 starts) part man, part mountain drives piles and shields Shoelace.
8 of 26Bill Frakes/SI
The fifth-year senior allowed one sack and had 49 knockdowns last season.
9 of 26John Biever/SI
The former guard now moves to the pivot, where he started in the Big Ten title game.
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The former walk-on has emerged as the line leader for the run-happy Huskers.
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The converted tight end is on the Outland Trophy watch list along with linemate Travis Frederick.
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The scourge of Big Ten quarterbacks posted 29 tackles in a two-game span against Nebraska and Minnesota.
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The 6-foot-3, 317-pounder had 67 tackles (11 for loss) during his breakout 2011 season.
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He's posted 33.5 tackles for loss and aims for more this year due to a new fitness regime.
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Simon has posted 28.5 career tackles for loss and teams with Johnathan Hankins on OSU's ferocious front.
16 of 26Chris O'Meara/AP
The leader of the Spartans pass rush had 18 combined sacks and quarterback hurries last year.
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He returned from a mostly lost 2010 to rack up 143 tackles (19 for loss).
18 of 26John Biever/SI
Chris Borland's running mate had 150 tackles, two picks and three forced fumbles last year.
19 of 26Bill Frakes/SI
Foes avoid this lockdown corner, which is why he had just three interceptions in 2011.
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After recovering from a knee injury, Barnett was in on 75 tackles and had two picks.
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Lewis tied for second in the Big Ten in picks with four, two of which he took to the house.
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To go with six career picks, he has topped 80 tackles two seasons in a row.
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Faced with the daunting task of replacing All-America Alex Henery, the former walk-on earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. He made 19-of-23 field goals, including three-of-six from 50 yards and beyond.
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Maher was the first player since Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 to be named All-Big Ten kicker and punter in the same season. His 44.5-yard average ranked 10th nationally. He had 20 punts of at least 50 yards and pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line 24 times.
25 of 26Michael Conroy/AP
A burner from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Mostert made his mark as a true freshman. His 33.48-yard average led the nation and is second in Boilermakers history to Stan Brown's 33.6 in 1970. Mostert's 206 kick-return yards against Wisconsin set a school record.
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As a sophomore, Abbrederis ranked third in the nation with a 15.8-yard average, abetted by a 60-yard TD against Indiana. An explosive kick returner as well, the honorable mention All-America racked up 346 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl, one shy of Ron Dayne's school record.
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