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Big Ten Week: Sleepers that may surprise

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It’s Big Ten preview week and here is a look at some secret sleepers not many people talk about in the conference.

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1.   OL Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa

NFL scouts know all about Linderbaum but the average college football fan likely doesn’t know how good he is as an interior lineman.

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2.   LB Mohammed Toure, Rutgers

Almost half of Toure's tackles last year were for a loss and he’s just starting to reach his potential.

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3.   LB Micah McFadden, Indiana

McFadden is the heart and soul of the Indiana defense and is one of the better tacklers in the country.

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4. CB Tarheeb Still, Maryland

Still is the best defensive back you haven’t heard of but you will hear from him soon.

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5.   OL Thayer Mumford, Ohio State 

The big names on Ohio State's offense are wide receivers or new quarterbacks or running backs but Munford is one of the top-10 offensive linemen in college football.

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6.   RB Zander Horvath, Purdue

Zander Horvath
Zander Horvath (AP)

He averaged more than five yards a carry and 10 yards a catch last year so keep an eye on him.

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7.   QB Anthony Russo, Michigan State 

The Temple transfer has an absolute cannon and just watch what he does for the Spartans if he’s on.

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8.   OL Jack Nelson, Wisconsin

One of the best linemen in the conference gets overshadowed often and lumped in as “just another Wisconsin OL."

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9.   DT Ben Stille, Nebraska 

Stille is back for yet another season and is an unrecognized stalwart in the middle.

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10. LB Ellis Brooks, Penn State 

One of the best linebackers in the conference in coverage, Brooks rarely gets mentioned.


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