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Mark Beech
August 20, 2007
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.] HOW THEY'LL FINISH
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August 20, 2007

Big Ten

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Northwestern wideout ANDREW BREWER is one of the most intriguing offensive prospects in the conference. A backup quarterback at the start of last season, he was moved to receiver and made his only catch (for 48 yards) in a 21-7 victory over Iowa in early November. The 6' 3", 210-pound sophomore won a starting job in the spring. . . . Strong-armed Michigan State quarterback BRIAN HOYER was impressive last year in relief of injured Drew Stanton, throwing for a combined 621 yards in losses to Minnesota and Penn State. With Stanton gone to the NFL, Hoyer takes over, and he'll have a wealth of options at his disposal, including tailback JAVON RINGER and tight end KELLEN DAVIS. . . . Illinois led the Big Ten in rushing a year ago, and tailback RASHARD MENDENHALL was a big reason why. The 5' 11", 224-pound junior averaged 8.2 yards on 78 carries and scored five touchdowns. With quarterback JUICE WILLIAMS, who ran for 576 yards as a freshman, the Fighting Illini could have one of the best backfields in the Big Ten.

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