Chart: Ranking the Big Ten quarterback units

  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 7:55 PM

Dual-threat QB Braxton Miller led Ohio State to an undefeated season in 2012 and might be the Big Ten’s best bet to win the Heisman.

Ranking the Big Ten quarterback units

1. Ohio State: Braxton Miller is the Big Ten’s best Heisman Trophy candidate, after passing for 2,039 yards and rushing for 1,271 last year.

2. Nebraska: In his fourth year as a starter, Taylor Martinez needs to prove he can win the big ones.

3. Michigan: Devin Gardner took over for Denard Robinson last year and is a better fit for Brady Hoke’s system.

4. Northwestern: Kain Colter is a good dual threat QB who willingly moves to receiver when Trevor Siemian goes under center.

5. Wisconsin: New coach Gary Andersen has an open competition between Joel Stave, Curt Phillips and junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy.

6. Indiana: Tre Roberson’s broken leg has healed, but Cam Coffman and Nate Sudfeld both proved capable last season.

7. Michigan State: Senior Andrew Maxwell led a woeful offense last year, so sophomore Connor Cook could unseat him.

8. Gophers: Philip Nelson started seven games last year as a freshman; Mitch Leidner will continue pushing him.

9. Illinois: Senior Nathan Scheelhaase threw 30 touchdown passes his first two seasons and only four last year.

10. Penn State: Bill O’Brien will see if highly touted freshman Christian Hackenberg is ready, or go with junior-college transfer Tyler Ferguson.

11. Iowa: Nobody on the roster took a snap last season; Jake Rudock is the favorite to emerge from a three-man race.

12. Purdue: New coach Darrell Hazell basically has a two-man battle between senior Rob Henry and true freshman Danny Etling.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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