If football is won by the guys inside the trenches doing the dirty work, then the Big Ten should be in fine shape for 2011.
The league placed 13 players on the Outland Trophy preseason watch list, the most by any conference. Offensive guards and centers and tackles on both sides of the ball are eligible for the Outland award. Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi took home the trophy last season.
Here's the list of the big guys from the Big Ten who have been recognized:
Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Joel Foreman, OG, Michigan State
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
David Molk, C, Michigan
Al Netter, OT, Northwestern
Ken Plue, G, Purdue
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Akeem Spence, DT,
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