The B1G Conference is highly represented in Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The conference represents the second most players in the game with 15, ranking second behind the 17 players that came from the SEC. Out of the 15 players that came out of the B1G, four players came out of The Ohio State University, right behind the five that rep the U of Miami. Donte Whitner, Ted Ginn, Alex Boone and Larry Grant all play for the 49ers and all of them played here under Coach Tressel. Three of them (Boone, Whitner, Ginn) went to high school in Ohio, while two of them (Whitner, Ginn) went to Glenville High School. We remember them all and it would be great to see them bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
Donte Whitner: Donte Whitner left the Buffalo Bills in 2011 to sign with the 49ers in free agency. Last year Whitner launched himself into the spot light by not only quarterbacking one of the league’s best secondaries, but also his knockout hit on Pierre Thomas in last years playoffs. Whitner was elected to his first career Pro Bowl this year after finishing third on the team with 83 total tackles. Watch for Whitner and fellow safety Dashon Goldson to wreak havoc on Baltimore’s receivers, something that the Patriots did not do last weekend.
Ted Ginn: Ted Ginn is known as a first round bust but he still has the same blazing speed and big play capability that he showed while wearing the scarlet and gray. Coach Harbaugh rarely plays Ginn at wide receiver due to his inefficient route running and the 49ers depth at wide receiver but Ginn could make a game changing play in the return game during the Super Bowl.
Alex Boone: Alex Boone still brings the same nastiness to the 49ers offensive line that he brought to Columbus a few seasons ago. After only appearing in one game his rookie season, Boone appeared in all 16 games last season and started all 16 this season at right guard. He was named second team All-NFL by Pro Football Focus and led the way for Frank Gore’s 1,214 yard season. Look for him to create running lanes for the 49ers spread option and heavy ground attack.
Larry Grant: We will not be seeing much of Larry Grant next Sunday as he is mostly a special teamer and a back up linebacker to the league’s deepest linebacking core. Although he appeared in all 16 regular season games, Grant only recorded one tackle on the season.