Who's the Offensive MVP on Each Big Ten Team?

Our Big Ten panel picks each respective team's most essential offensive player.

Tyler O'Connor, QB, Michigan State - "O'Connor has waited in the wings until Connor Cook graduated. After helping the Spartans to a big win over Ohio State, O'Connor is poised to be the Spartans offensive leader." -- Dave Berk, Spartan Digest

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State - "What’s not to like here? Barkley is the fastest guy on the team (4.39 40) and one of the strongest. He has excellent size at 5-11, 220. And in 2015 he somehow managed to rush for a PSU freshman-record 1,076 yards despite 1) playing behind a very suspect offensive line and 2) only starting six games." -- Mark Brennan, Fight On State

Janarion Grant WR/KR, Rutgers - "In the move to a power spread, Grant's touches will triple, and so does his value. He is an All-American caliber kick returner, and now becomes the centerpiece of the Rutgers offense." -- Sam Hellman, Scarlet Report

C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa - "He's the leader of the Hawkeyes and makes everyone around him better." -- Derek Young, Hawkeye Insider

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Illinois - "While QB Wes Lunt must produce, new offensive coordinator Garrick McGee wants to pound the ball, and he has a workhorse in Vaughn. He led the Illini with 723 rushing yards as a freshman and, with Josh Ferguson now in the NFL, he should receive north of 300 touches." -- Jeremy Werner, Illini Inquirer 

Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State - "Brown was expected to be one of Ohio State's best receivers in 2015 after a breakout spring performance but broke his leg in fall practice. If healthy he could end up being one of the top performers on the team and possibly in the conference." -- Ryan Ginn, Buckeye Sports Bulletin

Levern Jacobs, WR, Maryland - "Senior wide receiver Levern Jacobs is primed for a break-out year in new offensive coordinator Walt Bell's up-tempo spread system, one that should showcase the shifty playmaker underneath and on quick slant routes and the like." -- Keith Cavanaugh, Terrapin Times

Nick Westbrook, WR, Indiana - "Westbrook played last fall as a true freshman and provided flashes of why the staff is so high on him. With a year under his belt in the offense he could have a breakout season this fall." -- Matt Weaver, Peegs

Tommy Armstrong, QB, Nebraska - "The four-year starter will be in his second year of Mike Riley's offense and has two Biletnikoff Award Watch List guys to throw to." -- Josh Harvey, Big Red Report

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan - "Butt is arguably the best tight end in the country. Michigan will have a young quarterback under center next season, so Butt's presence as a reliable pass-catcher will be crucial." - Bryan Matecun, The Michigan Insider

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin - "Without him last season, the Badgers' running game grounded to a halt. UW needs the senior to have a big season to balance out the offense." -- Benjamin Worgull, Badger Nation

Mitch Leidner, QB, Minnesota - "Leidner is heading into his senior season and has started games in the three years previously. The Gophers' offense will go as Mitch Leidner goes in 2016, and keeping him healthy will be key." -- Ryan Burns, Gopher Illustrated

Markell Jones, RB, Purdue - "Jones led all Boilermakers in touchdowns last season as a true freshman. Purdue will have to rely on the run game a lot next season, and Jones will be leading the way." -- Bryan Matecun, Boiler Sports Report

Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern - "He's been the workhorse and the plough, gaining 2,600 total rushing yards as NU's sole offensive weapon the last two seasons. The team will pass more in 2016 now that sophomore QB Clayton Thorson is maturing, and Jackson may share carries with other backs to lessen his burden. But even if his numbers drop, Jackson's value won't. He will still be the guy to move the chains when it's most needed." -- Mike Olson, Purple Wildcats


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