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Belcher on Big Ten watch list

Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher was named to the Big Ten's inaugural Players to Watch list.

The list recognizes five players from the Leaders Division and five more from the Legends Division. There are 12 players on this year's list, voted by the media, because of ties.

Belcher, a North Side graduate, led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU's single-season list, one behind James Hardy's top mark of 79 in 2007. Belcher's 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart.

Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the conference with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.

Joining Belcher as Leaders Division honorees are Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, Ohio State center Mike Brewster and defensive tackle John Simon, Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and Wisconsin running backs Montee Ball and James White.

Representing the Legends Division are Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick and linebacker Lavonte David and Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa.

The watch lists replaces preseason predictions from past seasons.

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