B1G stars make ESPN’s list of top returning players in college football

By now, you already know that the 2016 Heisman Trophy race is expected to be loaded with familiar faces.

Four of the top six vote-getters are back, as is Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who received the fourth-highest odds to win the honor next year. Barrett, however, did not crack ESPN college football writer Travis Haney’s top 10 returners in college football.

In fact, three other B1G stars were slotted ahead of Barrett in Haney’s way-too-early preseason player rankings. In all, six B1G players made the top 50, with Michigan and Ohio State as the conference’s only teams to have multiple representatives.

One could certainly argue that Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney and Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell deserved a spot in the top 50.

But as it stands, here’s Haney’s top 50:

50. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

49. T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

48. Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson

47. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

46. Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

45. Terry Beckner, DT, Missouri

44. Rod Johnson, OT, Florida State

43. Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State

42. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

41. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

40. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

39. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

38. Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M

37. Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

36. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

35. Jamal Adams, S, LSU

34. Budda Baker, S, Washington

33. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

32. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

31. Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

30. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

29. Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

28. J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State

27. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

26. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

25. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

24. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

23. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

22. Adoreé Jackson, CB, USC

21. Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee

20. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

19. Arden Key, DE, LSU

18. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

17. Derwin James, S, Florida State

16. Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt

15. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

14. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

13. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

12. Devonte Fields, LB, Louisville,

11. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

10. Desmond King, CB, Iowa

9. Seth Russell, QB, Baylor

T8. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

T8. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

7. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

6. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

5. Greg Ward, QB, Houston

4. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

3. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

1. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

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