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College football preview 2016: Most underrated players in the Big Ten

Our Big Ten panel picks each team's most overlooked player.

Josiah Price, TE, Michigan State - "Price always seems to come up with a big catch when the Spartans need it most. He has 16 career touchdowns in 15 career starts. Leader on and off the field." -- Dave Berk, Spartan Digest

John Reid, CB, Penn State - "As a true freshman in 2015, Reid worked his way into the DB rotation, and even started a pair of games. He finished with 29 tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. He also broke up five passes, caused a fumble and recovered a fumble. Yet we got the sense he was just scratching the surface of his potential." -- Mark Brennan, Fight On State

Dorian Miller, OG, Rutgers -- "Miller is a future captain and multi-year starter for Rutgers. Nothing short of a concussion kept him out of action last season, and he was an anchor for the Rutgers offensive line with others injured in spring practice. Offensive linemen rarely get the credit they deserve, and that is the case for Miller." -- Sam Hellman, Scarlet Report

Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa - "He's pretty well respected but isn't a national name yet when he should be. Raekwon McMillan of Ohio State gets all the headlines among Big Ten linebackers, and rightfully so, but Jewell is outstanding and could be the best Hawkeye defensive player, which is saying a lot since they return Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King." -- Derek Young, Hawkeye Insider

Austin Schmidt, OT, Illinois - "The Illini did a great job protecting Lunt last season, and the long-armed, quick-footed Schmidt was a big reason why." -- Jeremy Werner, Illini Inquirer

Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State - "He led the Buckeyes in sacks last season with eight and yet it seems like nobody outside of OSU fans knows who he is. It wasn't just the Joey Bosa double teams that helped him out -- Lewis is the real deal." -- Ryan Ginn, Buckeye Sports Bulletin

Roman Braglio, DE, Maryland - "A senior 'lunchpail' who has played every position on the line in his Terps career, under myriad coordinators and systems, but always finds a way." -- Keith Cavanaugh, Terrapin Times

Dimitric Camiel, RT, Indiana - "The last three years Camiel has played in 37 games and started 18 for one of the best offenses in the nation, but yet he doesn't seem to get much recognition even though he is a very steady and dependable player at a key position." -- Matt Weaver, Peegs

Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska - "Usually Jones is the first corner mentioned, but there is a reason Kalu was named honorable-mention by the coaches. His size and experience is going to make him tough on wide receivers this season." -- Josh Harvey, Big Red Report

Bryan Mone, DT, Michigan - "Mone missed the entire 2015 season with an ankle injury, but Michigan's defense was still solid. Now, he returns to an already loaded defensive line, and could surprise a lot of people if he can stay healthy." -- Bryan Matecun, The Michigan Insider

T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin - "Just as good as older brothers J.J. and Derek, T.J. Watt switched over from tight end last fall and really started to flash at the end of the season. He'll be a week one starter opposite Vince Biegel." -- Benjamin Worgull, Badger Nation

Shannon Brooks, RB, Minnesota - "It's not every day that true freshman running back who went for over 700 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in underrated, but it seems like the rest of the Big Ten is overlooking Brooks. I think he's going to hit 1,000 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns for the Gophers in 2016." -- Ryan Burns, Gopher Illustrated

DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue - "Yancey isn't necessarily underrated by Purdue fans, but he also isn't a household name around the Big Ten. Yancey and his experienced fellow receivers should help the team's young quarterback." -- Bryan Matecun, Boiler Sports Report

Tyler Lancaster, DT, Northwestern - "He started 13 games as a sophomore on one of the nation's best defenses, helping a great linebacker like Anthony Walker look even greater by causing (often statistically immeasurable) disruption up front. Look for Lancaster to emerge as The Man on the defensive line this year." Mike Olson, Purple Wildcats

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