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Top 5 Big Ten Receivers For 2013

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Top 5 Big Ten Receivers For 2013

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The 2012 Big Ten football season featured many new faces playing the receiver position around the conference from the normal faces we were used to seeing.

Players like B.J. Cunningham, Marvin McNutt and Nick Toon had moved on to the NFL, and it was time for new players to step up.

Despite the Big Ten being known for being a run-heavy conference, it has consistently produced some of the best college receivers of all time.

Schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State have had many All-Americans at the receiver position who have gone on to be NFL stars.

While the 2012 Big Ten Season didn’t have any All-American type players, there were still many solid seasons for receivers around the conference.

The potential is there for a couple of receivers in the conference to have some huge years numbers-wise in 2013 as offenses around college football continue to evolve and develop into more of a spread attack, loaded with lots of passes and options.

While schools like Michigan and Penn State continue to run more pro-style attacks, schools like Indiana, Northwestern and Ohio State are running high-powered spread attacks and at least one of these schools should have a receiver pass the 1,000-yard mark this season.

Many of the players that were starting around the conference last season were freshman and sophomores, so this season will feature many experienced receivers to go along with veteran quarterback play at schools like Michigan, Nebraska, and Ohio State.

Other receivers who didn’t make this list that could have huge seasons are players like Aaron Burbridge, Corey Brown, Devin Smith, Kevonte Martin-Manley, Kofi Hughes and Shane Wynn.

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5. Jeremy Gallon, Michigan Wolverines

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Jeremy Gallon was by far the best receiver on the Michigan Wolverines roster last season and helped bail out the shaky quarterback play of Denard Robison numerous times. While he isn’t the biggest of receivers, he plays tough and is quick, which helps him put up the numbers he does. Last season, he had 49 receptions, 820 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Those numbers should definitely go up with Devin Gardner taking control of the offense.

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4. Kenny Bell, Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Kenny Bell was awesome for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was one of the most consistent players on their entire team and put up good numbers throughout the year, with 50 receptions, 863 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Bell has one of the best chances to be a 1,000-yard plus receiver in 2013 with Taylor Martinez greatly improving his quarterback play.

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3. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin Badgers

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Jared Abbrederis has been one of the more consistent receivers in the Big Ten throughout his career. When you consider the run-heavy offense he plays in, the numbers he has put up are pretty great. Also considering he has only had a solid quarterback one year with Russell Wilson, you realize how good he actually is. In 2013, he had 49 receptions, 837 receiving yards and five touchdowns. It will be tough for him to match this with a new quarterback, but there is no doubt Abbrederis is one of the best in the conference.

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2. Cody Latimer, Indiana Hoosiers

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Many people outside of the Indiana Hoosier fan base have never heard of Cody Latimer, but that should change soon enough. He quietly had a great year for the Hoosiers, grabbing 51 passes for 805 yards and six touchdowns. Latimer should put even bigger numbers up as Indiana looks to continue their high-powered offense, and he has good returning players around him.

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1. Allen Robinson, Penn State Nittany Lions

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Robinson was the top receiver in the Big Ten last season and had one of the biggest breakout years of any player in the conference. Playing on a weak Penn State offense, Robinson was still able to haul in 77 passes for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robinson will have to be at the top of his game in 2013 as the Nittany Lions look to break in a new quarterback.