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Football: Maliek Collins & De'Mornay Pierson-El Named On Big Ten Conference 2015 Players To Watch List

Two Huskers out of 11 aren't a bad thing.

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The Big Ten Conference, as they normally do right before their Media Days kick off, released their annual Players to Watch list on Thursday morning.

Normally, the media votes on this list and the top 5 of each Division is named. However, due to a tie, there were 6 players placed on the Big Ten West Division list.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of three teams with two players on the list. They are:

Maliek Collins - Last season, the Husker Defensive Tackle had 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. The Junior was a second-team all B1G pick last year, and was picked the co-Defensive MVP by his peers.

De'Mornay Pierson-El - The Sophomore burst on the scene last year with his Punt Return prowess, averaging second nationally in PR return average. DPE was a second-team All-American selection by the Football Writers Association of America, and made the Freshman All-American team with a lot of organizations.

The full list:


Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State


Drew Ott, DE, Iowa

Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska

De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR, Nebraska

Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern

Michael Caputo, S, Wisconsin

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

*Additional honoree due to tie