A FOX college football analyst believes that two B1G players are strong candidates to be defensive “breakout” players in the 2021 season.

RJ Young recently released a list of 10 college football defensive players he expects to have a breakout year come the fall. Ohio State defensive lineman Haskell Garrett and Michigan defensive back Daxton Hill both made the list.

Young lists Garrett at No. 6 and Hill comes in at No. 10. Here’s the complete list:

  1. Malachi Moore, Alabama
  2. Elias Ricks, LSU
  3. Nik Bonito, Oklahoma
  4. Will McDonald, Iowa State
  5. Devin Lloyd, Utah
  6. Haskell Garrett, Ohio State
  7. Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
  8. Justin Flowe, Oregon
  9. Alfred Collins, Texas
  10. Daxton Hill, Michigan

Garrett enjoyed somewhat of a breakout season in 2020. First, it was an incredible feat just for the defensive lineman to play football this season, after suffering a gunshot wound to his face in the offseason while attempting to break up a fight in Columbus.

When he was on the field, Garrett totaled 20 tackles, which included 4 stops for loss and 2 sacks. He also had an interception for a touchdown and broke up a pass as the Buckeyes enjoyed a 7-1 season and reach the national title game.

Hill also enjoyed a solid year for Michigan during the 2020 season. He finished the year as the team’s second-leading tackler with 46 stops and was one of two players to record an interception for the Wolverines. Hill also broke up 4 passes.

It should be a lot of fun to see what both Garrett and Hill are able to accomplish with a full season in 2021.