10 B1G seniors we'll really miss watching on Saturday afternoons
Every season, we have to say goodbye to some really talented players. It’s the nature of college football, though we really wish some of these guys could play forever.
The B1G had plenty of excellent seniors taking the field for their final season this year. Every team — and every fan — has a few players they will miss more than most. As a B1G-wide site, there are a lot of seniors from across the conference who we wish we could see in a college uniform just one more time.
Actually another season or two, if we’re being honest.
Here are the 10 B1G seniors we’re going to miss seeing the most on Saturday afternoons:
10. Jake Gervase, DB, Iowa
Iowa seems to produce one of these guys every year. Gervase was a do-it-all defensive back for the Hawkeyes and seemed to come up with big plays at the right time. He registered a huge interception in the fourth quarter of Iowa’s 27-22 win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl, a fitting end to his career. Gervase ends his career with over 150 tackles and seven picks for the Iowa defense.
9. Tre Watson, LB, Maryland
Arguably one of the most overlooked defensive players in the B1G season. Watson finished the year with 114 tackles and five interceptions, leading the conference in both categories at the end of the regular season. Despite his significant contributions, Watson never received the credit he deserved. The linebacker had a good career while at Illinois but really thrived in his one season in College Park.
8. Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
It’s hard to remember what B1G football was like without Thorson starting under center. The Northwestern quarterback started in all 53 games during his career in Evanston. He wasn’t always the most consistent player in the conference, but he sure provided stability for the Wildcats at the game’s most important position. Thorson leaves Northwestern with 10,731 passing yards and 88 total touchdowns. He also enjoyed two 10-win seasons and a B1G West title in his career.
7. David Blough, QB, Purdue
Unfortunately, half of Blough’s career was wasted in the Darrell Hazell era. His final season in West Lafayette sure was a lot of fun, though. The senior quarterback threw for 3,705 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2018 and guided the Boilers over to wins over Ohio State, Iowa and Boston College. Blough leaves Purdue with 9,734 yards and 69 touchdowns. He was the only B1G quarterback to throw for over 500 yards in a game this season.
6. Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
McLaurin didn’t come along until later in his career, but it’s pretty difficult to elbow your way into the spotlight at Ohio State where talented receivers are found by the boatload. The senior receiver had some incredible moments this season, turning short gains into long touchdowns. He also improved dramatically as a blocker in 2018. McLaurin’s career numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he was a key cog in the Buckeyes’ high-powered offense. He ended his time in Columbus with 701 yards and 11 touchdowns on 35 receptions, averaging a whopping 20.03 yards per catch.
5. Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska
Watching Morgan develop in Scott Frost’s system would’ve been a lot of fun, because when things finally started clicking, the senior receiver could be dominant. He ended this season with 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns on 70 catches. He was remarkable in the Huskers’ first win against Minnesota, catching 10 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Morgan leaves Lincoln with 2,747 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. His contributions, talent and athleticism reached far beyond the numbers, though.
4. T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Few players experience as much on-field success throughout the entirety of their career like Edwards did. The linebacker was a star from the moment his name was listed on the roster. He registered a minimum of 81 tackles in each of his four seasons, ending the 2018 campaign with a career high 113 stops. As if that wasn’t enough, he tallying 37.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions in his career with the Badgers. There’s no question that Wisconsin will surely miss Edwards’ effort and production on the defensive side of the football moving forward.
3. Felton Davis III, WR, Michigan State
Davis’ final season in East Lansing was cut short due to an Achilles injury, which drastically hindered Michigan State’s offense as schedule neared the end. While we didn’t get to see Davis throughout the entirety of his senior season, his impact offensively shouldn’t be undervalued. When healthy, he was arguably the top receiver in the B1G, making a number of improbable catches during his career. Davis’ career came to an end with 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Spartans. It was his reliability and knack for finding the football that made him so fun to watch.
2. Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan
College football’s perfect villain. Winovich was this generation’s Christian Laettner, accept for football. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his passion — and cockiness — added some flare to the game. He was pretty good on Michigan’s defensive line, too. In the last two seasons alone, Winovich was responsible for 35.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He finished his time with the Wolverines with 184 total stops and was one of the most feared defensive linemen in the country in his final two seasons.
1. Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
No words can describe what McSorley has done for Penn State over the last three seasons. He led the Lions to 31 wins as a starter, broken nearly every program record and has been one of the toughest players in all of college football. He played the Citrus Bowl on a broken foot for goodness sake. For his career, McSorley threw for 9,899 yards and rushed for 1,697 yards. He accounted for a total of 97 touchdowns. The Penn State senior guided his team to back-to-back 11-win seasons and a B1G title in 2016. He was the epitome of toughness and resilience and college football is going to miss his presence.