As Nebraska moves into the Big Ten Conference, HuskerOnline.com will get you ready with ranking analysis pieces breaking down each position in the league. Today we look at the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten heading into 2011.
NOTE: Ohio State tackle Mike Adams was left off the list due to his eventual suspension.
1. Riley Reiff, Iowa, T, 6-6, 300, Jr.
A starter at left tackle for the past 21 games, junior Riley Reiff will lead the way once again on Iowa's physical offensive line this season. After earning second-team All-Big Ten honors for his play in 2010 as a sophomore, Reiff is poised to be not only one of the best tackle prospects in the Big Ten this year, but possibly one of the best in all of college football.
2. David Molk, Michigan, C, 6-2, 288, Sr.
Senior David Molk has been the centerpiece of Michigan's offensive line for the past three seasons, and he'll look to build on his best season yet in 2010 where he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Molk ended last year as a finalist for the Dave Rimington Award, given to the nation's best collegiate center, and odds are he'll be right back at the top of that list again by the end of this season.
3. Michael Brewster, Ohio State, C, 6-5, 305, Sr.
With all the drama going on at Ohio State, the Buckeyes will at least have a great source of stability at center in senior Michael Brewster. Right up there with Molk as one of the nation's top centers, Brewster enters his fourth year in a row as a starter on the Buckeyes' offensive line and will most certainly be one of the leading candidates for the Rimington Award as well.
4. Joel Foreman, Michigan State, G, 6-4, 310, Sr.
Michigan State senior guard Joel Foreman is yet another perfect example of the big, physical and experience offensive linemen of the Big Ten, as he enters his fourth year as a starter for the Spartans. While he sat out of spring ball with wrist/ankle injuries, there's no question that a guy who's played in 38 career games with 36 starts will be back ready to go once fall camp rolls around.
5. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, T, 6-6, 322, Jr.
A list of the Big Ten's best offensive linemen wouldn't be complete with a member of Wisconsin's offensive front making the cut. Even after losing two starters from last season to the NFL, the Badgers still have some of the biggest and meanest linemen in the conference, and junior right tackle Ricky Wagner leads the way. Recruited as a tight ends, Wagner's blend of size and athleticism make him a perfect fit in the Badgers' aggressive rushing offense.