The Big Ten was one of the nation’s top conferences in 2014. Five teams finished the year in the top 30 statistically on the defensive side of the football, meaning the conference’s traditional hard-nosed style of play is still relevant in the evolving game.
There were plenty of playmakers on the field defensively a season ago as well. While some of those won’t be on the college gridiron next season, there is still plenty of talent returning in the defensive secondary to keep the conference a defensive juggernaut in 2015.
Here are the top defensive secondary players returning in the Big Ten.