ESPN: Big Ten rankings: No. 9, Kirk Cousins
Our Big Ten top 25 player countdown rolls on, and we've reached the truly upper-echelon guys at this point, the ones with single-digit numbers next to their names. All together now: these rankings are based on performance during the 2011 season and a player's impact on his team, and not on factors such as NFL potential.
At No. 9 is a guy who wore No. 8 and started three years at quarterback for the team that finished No. 11 last season: