Five Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits five days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. The Big Ten churns out All-Americans, friendly faces and Heisman candidates annually, and the Scarlet Knights will see some highly anticipated opponents in the next two seasons.

ScarletReport.com looks at 10 highly anticipated players to take the field against Rutgers as Big Ten foes.

10.) Tanner McEvoy --The long-time message board favorite is in a battle for playing time as Nebraska's starting quarterback. It is a longshot for him to see the field against the Scarlet Knights this year, but he knows plenty of players on the roster and his older brother Colin McEvoy was a contributing walk-on at Rutgers.

9.) Corey Clement -- The pride of Glassboro (N.J.) had a breakout freshman season for Wisconsin, and Homecoming for the Scarlet Knights include two impact running backs from Glassboro in Clement and Rutgers starter Paul James.

8.) Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel -- Rutgers finished second for both Ohio State freshman wide receivers, and ended up without one in its 2013 class. With Brown as a strong possession guy (and buddy of both Mohamed Sanu and Zack Heeman) and Samuel as a speedy deep threat from New York, the Rutgers secondary will look forward to these battles in the future.

7.) Stefon Diggs -- The Maryland receiver is one of the flashiest names in college football and a former huge recruit in the region. Rutgers struggled against big wide receiver names like Deontay Greenberry and Davonte Adams in 2013. A battle against Diggs in the 2014 finale will be interesting.

6.) Eli Apple -- Logan Ryan certainly made a name for himself out of Voorhees (N.J.) Eastern High, and Apple is the next big name at cornerback. Rutgers was in the mix early for Apple, who ultimately signed and enrolled early at Ohio State. Expect him to be a major part of the attack on the Rutgers offense and quarterback Gary Nova in Columbus this year.

5.) Shilique Calhoun -- Seeing Calhoun's success outside of the state is frustrating to many fans. Rutgers worked hard for Calhoun in recruiting, but lost the battle to Michigan State. Calhoun was voted Scout.com's top defensive end in the Big Ten going into the season. He has 16.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks in two seasons, and his best football is in front of him.

4.) Saeed Blacknall -- Blacknall's loss was the toughest to swallow for Rutgers fans during a rush of de-commitments in 2013. He stayed committed through the end of January while hoping for an offensive coordinator to be named. But shortly after his official visit to Rutgers ended, he flipped to Penn State where he has a chance to play at Rutgers as a true freshman in three months.

3.) Christian Hackenberg -- Hackenberg emerged as one of the Big Ten's best with 20 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 passing yards as a true freshman, but how will he fare without Bill O'Brien? Offensive line is a concern for the Nittany Lions going into training camp, and Rutgers will look to put pressure on him come Sept. 13.

2.) Braxton Miller -- Rutgers gets to see one or two Heisman candidates a year, and Ohio State's quarterback is a legitimate 2014 contender. Miller has 52 career passing touchdowns and another 32 on the ground. With an Ohio State team expected to pile up victories, Miller is one of the top contenders to dethrone Jameis Winston.

1.) Jabrill Peppers -- The talk and buildup here is going to be a lot of fun. Peppers is the biggest name to come out of New Jersey in a long time. He will be back in his home state to play at Rutgers as a member of the Michigan Wolverines defensive secondary. Peppers has never been afraid to share his opinions, and he is used to the spotlight. Peppers is also a former teammate of Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton. The four-time New Jersey state champion will make for a fun angle heading into the blackout game against Michigan.


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