Pro Football Focus has five B1G players as nation's best
Could five B1G players be coming to an All-American team near you?
Through three weeks of the season, it’s likely.
According to Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo, the B1G has five players that have performed better than anyone at their respective positions. Palazzolo grades based on a two-point scale that is used to evaluate every player on every play. To see the entire process, click here.
Last week, Nate Gerry (Nebraska), Jordan Walsh (Iowa) and Darron Lee (Ohio State) cracked the list. This week, Gerry and Walsh are back, but Lee was left off. Michigan State was the only B1G team to receive multiple selections this week.
Here’s what Palazzolo had to say about each B1G selection:
Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State, +9.0 receiving
We’re adding a fourth wide receiver to the team this week because Burbridge has burst on the scene and become one of the nation’s most dependable options. He has 338 yards on 21 catches (18.5 yards per rec) to go with three touchdowns and only one drop.
Jack Conklin, Michigan State +11.7
One of our top OTs last season, Conklin is off to a good start again with a +6.2 grade in the run game to go with a +4.6 pass blocking grade. He is yet to allow a pressure this season.
Jordan Walsh, Iowa, +12.1
Both guards remain intact as Walsh had yet another strong performance against Pitt. He still has yet to surrender a pressure in pass protection while grading at +8.5 in the run game.
Adolphus Washington, Ohio State +15.5
A new addition to the team, Washington has had three stellar games and last week’s effort against Northern Illinois was his best yet as he notched a sack, two hits, two hurries and three run stops. He’s been good in all facets, +9.3 against the run and +5.8 as a pass rusher.
Nate Gerry, Nebraska, +6.8
Gerry maintains his spot as the Dream Team’s coverage safety after another solid outing against Miami that saw him pick up his first pass defensed of the season.