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July 26, 2014

Big Ten's Top Defensive Linemen

Michigan's Frank Clark has caught the eye of NFL scouts but he still has something to prove this season to rank among the Big Ten's best defensive linemen.

1. Shilique Calhoun - Michigan State: The 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year had 7.5 sacks and 14 total tackles for loss, and achieved an incredible feat with three defensive touchdowns.

2. Randy Gregory - Nebraska: No one could match Gregory for late-season performance as he recorded at least one sack in seven of NU's final eight games en route to 10.5 on the year and 19 TFL.

3. Noah Spence - Ohio State: Starting 12 games at defensive end, Spence put up eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss among 52 total stops, and could vault to No. 1 by season's end.

4. Joey Bosa - Ohio State: With 7.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL, Bosa was so good in his true freshman campaign that he displaced former five-star Adolphus Washington as a starting defensive end.

5. Michael Bennett - Ohio State: Arguably, the top interior defensive lineman in the Big Ten, Bennett started all 13 games and had seven sacks among 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

The Best of the Rest
6. Frank Clark - Michigan
7. Darius Hamilton - Rutgers
8. Theiren Cockran - Minnesota
9. C.J. Olaniyan - Penn State
10. Marcus Rush - Michigan State

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