The supporting guys just had to be solid players that didn't hurt you.
As a coach, I've gone through a year and didn't realize a guy was a great player until the season was over. That was the case with Mark Tauscher, an offensive tackle on the 1999 Big Ten champs.
Yes, Jack Cichy would be one of the five because of what he brings to the table. He was a very productive player. But it was his charisma, energy and leadership that made him a great player.
But Jack missed the last seven games last season and those other guys at inside linebacker held up pretty well without him and without Chris Orr, who was injured in last year's opener.
I think Chris is similar in some ways to Jack. He likes football. He's smart. He's very vocal. T.J. Edwards has made a lot of plays the last two years and Ryan Connelly has stepped up big when needed.
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