Next Level: Shaun Prater Interview

On Tuesday night’s “The Next Level,” Rick Pizzo, Brandon Williams and Jon Jansen interviewed Iowa star defensive back Shaun Prater. Prater, who has one interception and two forced fumbles on the year, is getting the star treatment this season, meaning quarterbacks aren’t throwing his way often. How does he handle it? “Yeah, this year, most of the season, they haven’t been going my way as much,” Prater told our crew. “But I just try to make the best of those plays I get.” That he has. Watch our interview with Prater now and also check out The Next Level’s feature on how the Big Ten prepared several current pros for the NFL in this post.

Here are some of the latest Big Ten headlines: Ron Zook weighs in on postgame handshakes. Despite success with the no-huddle offense, Iowa is grind-it-out at heart. Brady Hoke hasn’t gotten over the Michigan State loss. Meanwhile, Mark Dantonio defends his team’s aggressiveness. Injuries could force Minnesota to turn to a linebacker at running back. Despite his big splash at Ohio State, Nebraska’s receiver-turned-cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste looks for improvement. Northwestern’s pass defense is struggling, to put it politely. Ohio State is on a bye week, but it’s not treating it as an “off week.” Here’s a Q&A with Penn State’s Nate Stupar. Russell Wilson doesn’t mind Michigan State’s talking. Have you ranked our 10 best plays from Week 7? Here’s the first installment of the BCS Standings. Big Ten running backs are gaining on Michigan’s Denard Robinson for the conference’s leading rusher. Check out all of the latest Big Ten stats. Also, see how Big Ten products performed in Week 6 of the NFL.

How does playing in the Big Ten help prepare players for the NFL? Hear from recent Big Ten stars who are now playing on Sundays below:


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Dalton on 10/19/2011 @ 8:50am EDT Said:

You typically do a fine job of covering college athletics 99% of the time. However, I do not watch or pay for the BTN to hear about the millionaires in the NFL and what they think. Would rather watch more girls field hockey than the ‘The Next Level’. Suggest you find another way to cover former Big Ten players – like those who have gone on to success in business, education or career fields other than pro sports, like the rest of us Big Ten grads. staff on 10/19/2011 @ 5:25pm EDT Said:

    Dalton, we think we can do both. Have you tuned in to our new show “BTN LiveBig” on Monday nights? We spotlight some really incredible Big Ten stories. You can learn more about the show at and see clips from he shows. We promise you you’ll be impressed.